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Old 05-15-2011, 07:36 PM #1
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Default HELP:: Power supply question for lab laser (probly easy question) *pics*

Hey guys,

Finally got a lab laser that requires an analog modulator to run (5V DC). I figured I'd take apart an old computer I made a few years back and use the PSU for this task.

Problem is--the PSU doesn't tell me which color wires are which voltage. Are all wire colors typically the same (e.g. black as ground and red as the +5V)? And I believe I should short pins 3 and 4 in the motherboard rail to get the PSU to turn on, correct?

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I've looked online for specifics with none to be had..







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I'm thinking of cutting this part (below) off and stripping the wires to wrap to the analog wires from the laser power supply. "P9" part was being used but P8 wasn't so I figure if I ever need it again I can just use P8 (which is the part covered by the little black cover--this shouldn't damage anything should it?):


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Default Re: HELP:: Power supply question for lab laser (probly easy question) *pics*

ATX power supplies are:

black (GND) And the yellow +12 Volt

black (GND) And the red +5 Volt

black (GND) And the Orange +3.3 Volt

If you need anything else let me know

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ATX power supplies are:

black (GND) And the yellow +12 Volt

black (GND) And the red +5 Volt

black (GND) And the Orange +3 Volt

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Thanks that was helpful

Is there a -5V? Or should I just use ground for the negative end of the analog part.

And also the second part of my question--it won't be damaging if I cut off the P9 part and strip the wires to connect to the laser power supply right?
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Default Re: HELP:: Power supply question for lab laser (probly easy question) *pics*

A −5 V output was originally required because it was supplied on the ISA bus, but it became obsolete with the removal of the ISA bus in modern PCs and has been removed in later versions of the ATX standard.

Only is used the -12 volt (the blue one)

No if the power is off and connect the cables correctly again.
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A −5 V output was originally required because it was supplied on the ISA bus, but it became obsolete with the removal of the ISA bus in modern PCs and has been removed in later versions of the ATX standard.

Only is used the -12 volt (the blue one)

No if the power is off and connect the cables correctly again.
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I hope this will also help

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Edit: I do not correctly put the 3 volt, is 3.3 volt, I forgot the .3 :-)



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Hey guys,

And I believe I should short pins 3 and 4 in the motherboard rail to get the PSU to turn on, correct?

Thanks again!
Be careful that's not right, right is 15 and 16, black and green.

13 and 14 if your connector as 20 pin, however is the black and green

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Be careful that's not right, right is 15 and 16, black and green
I was looking at it backwards counting from the other end :P my bad I still had it right though!

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Of course I have all these precautions (giant safety goggles, beam catcher, window open, etc) and I accidentally bump into my open PSU and get a nice DC shock X(

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Never had one of those before :P wayyy different from AC! Doesn't like letting go! Aside from a little adrenaline pump and a tiny bit of lingering soreness in my right arm I'm alright

I'll be a bit more careful now

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Never had one of those before :P wayyy different from AC! Doesn't like letting go! Aside from a little adrenaline pump and a tiny bit of lingering soreness in my right arm I'm alright

I'll be a bit more careful now

Putting together a video of this baby now!
Yes, with these Power supply's must be very careful, in some parts the voltage can reach 300V, and it also work with high frequencies between 20 to 100kHz, and it hurts.

Tomorrow I'll see your "baby" if you put photos or videos

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Very ***y labby! I wants! I wonder what it's like at night in the sky... probably like a lighthouse :P
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Default Re: HELP:: Power supply question for lab laser (probly easy question) *pics*

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Very ***y labby! I wants! I wonder what it's like at night in the sky... probably like a lighthouse :P
I was thinking that same thing last night but I'd have to find two outlets outside :P
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