Is it Time for a New Inspiron 530 Power Supply?

Posted by CHRIS NICKELS on

O the Woes of Maintaining Your Hardware….Like the Power Supply

As if we don’t have our hands full with making sure our computer software is running smoothly now we have to worry about the hardware? Well, yes and no.

Of course the hardware is the backbone of any computer system and without it you couldn’t run all of those snazzy programs. Now a power supply that is crapping out on you can cause lots of symptoms, fortunately it is easy to diagnose. Here is how its done.

Symptoms of a Failing Inspiron 530 Power Supply

There are sooooo many problems associated with a bad, or going bad power supply. You will want to troubleshoot the other end of the massive list I am about to share with you. For example, crackling audio does not always mean you PSU is going sour, maybe you just need to pull back on the decibels.

Inspiron 530 Power Supply Specifications

  • 300 Watt Max Output
  • 100-127V or 200-240V Input
  • Dimensions: 5 7/8 W x 3 3/8 H x 5.5 D – Inches
  • For Dell Vostro 200 / 400 / 220 Mini Towers (not Slim towers!!)
  • For Dell Inspiron 530 / 531 / 518 / 519 / 537 / 545 / 540 Mini Towers (not Slim towers!!)
  • Dell Part Numbers: XW599, XW600, XW601, C411H, D382H, GH5P9, HT996, K932C, N383F, N385F, P981D, R850G, R851G, YX445, YX448, YX452, 9V75C, H056N, H057N, J036N, N189N, R215C, RJDR3, Y359G, YX309, YX446
  • Similar Model numbers: ATX0300D5WB Rev X3, 04G185015510DE, DPS-300AB-24B, DOS-300AB-36B, PC6037, HP-P3017F3P, P2-5301-08, HP-P3017F3, HP-P3017F3 LF, PS6301-02, PS-6301-6, DPS-300AB-24G

So here it is what a bad PSU could possibly cause:

  • System restarts on its own
  • Spontaneously goes into standby
  • Fan does not run, runs slowly, or runs noisily
  • Computer is heating up
  • Dim display
  • Lockups or invalid page faults or disconnections from the Internet.
  • Computer may not power on or may not complete PoST
  • Drives may not work intermittently
  • Multiple drives must be replaced repeatedly
  • Crackling audio
  • Computer running slowly
  • Drives intermittently not detected

How to Troubleshoot a Bad Inspiron 530 Power Supply

Ok if the list wasn’t enough now you have to troubleshoot each one of those problems to isolate the hardware issue.  We aren’t going over all of those issues here. Instead I will show you the easiest way to quickly determine if it is your PSU that needs replacing or something else.

A multimeter or power supply tester is by far the easiest way to do this. It will cost you about $20 for the meter but maybe you can borrow one from a friend.

For the example I will be using the Inspiron 530 power supply as and example. Your experience may vary but the concept is the same.

Now of course safety first!!! If you are not comfortable taking your computer apart or woking with electricity please find a professional who is.

The Steps

  • Power down and unplug your system
  • A PSU will usually store a small charge after shut down, to eliminate the charge simply hold the black button on the back of the PSU down for about 10 seconds
  • Slide the side door of the case off
  • Disconnect all power connections to all peripherals
  • Now you will want to plug you power supply back in and test each cable to ensure that is reading the correct voltage by plugging it in to the multimeter
  • Once you have ensured that the power supply is either dead or working correct take the appropriate actions
  • Either re assemble realizing the root of your problems is not the power supply or purchase a new power supply for your Inspiron 530 system

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