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MC1 Switched Power Supply

The power supply failed because overheating.
The large capaciter was broken, I changed but no success.
Please inform me about the voltage between blue, black, red
and orange wiring.

Hans-Joachim Meyer,

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  • Anonymous Jan 29, 2009

    I also have an MC-1 with a dead power supply. The outputs are:

    Blue: -15V
    Black: 0V
    Red: +5V
    Orange +15V

  • Kevin Z
    Kevin Z Feb 25, 2014

    You can buy a whole new power supply from Mouser. It is super easy to swap out - just a handful of philips screws and two plug connections. Emerson NFS40-7610J or equivalent.

  • Kevin Z
    Kevin Z Feb 25, 2014

    about $55



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Hi Hansjo. You may find that if one capacitor has failed, then there may be more. If you see any signs of bulging, leaking, or pushing the bottom out of any caps, then It is a good idea to just change them all. For the small expense, it is worthwhile knowing that your power supply has fresh caps. Try the amp and then see how it goes. If you still have problems, get back to me here and we can talk about it more.


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Switch Mode power supplies usually are left on permanently and as a result the start up circuit is never used. When the power in the house goes off, the start up circuit is not working because the start up capacitor has "dried up" and lost its value. Unfortunately some times it half works and takes the output stage out.
Check for a semiconductor fuse in line with the transformer. It may have failed.
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The components to look out for are, on the mains side, small electrolytic capacitors that when you measure them with a capacitance bridge, they are low value. The components must be removed to test them.
On the power side of the board, there are a few large capacity capacitors, they usually show physical signs of aging and can be replaced.
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KEF PSW 2500 Relay buzzing and audio output buzz

Have just repaired a similar problem with a KEF 2500 - relay was chattering at 50 Hz rate, buzz in speaker output.

Problem was caused by overheated / dried out Electrolytic filter cap (C52 - 47uF 63V) on the relay coil supply feed.
The overheating is caused by adjacent power supply dropping resistors which run very hot due poor design of power supply.

A service manual for a similar model is available at following link, refer to power supply section:-

To replace,
1) remove chassis from speaker cabinet (8 screws), disconnect red/black speaker wires from main PCB spade connectors.
2) Remove 4 screws attaching main pcb heatsink assembly from face panel - lift assembly from faceplate (a bit messy , much heartsink compound between mounting faces)
3) unplug the AC 3 pin connections adjacent to the large capacitors and the 3pin connector on end of pcb (near C52), then roll assembly over the top of the audio sub-board to access underside of pcb.
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The board is already heat damaged by heat buildup from power supply resistors, so the track will most likely lift and crack when disturbed- to counter this problem link the +ve capacitor pigtail to an adjacent solder pad on the same track.
Assembly is reverse of above, take care to preserve/ensure minimum disturbance of heatsink compound.

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Can you reset a pc power supply

Is your question referring to resetting a Power Supply, as you would per se a surge protector?

In most cases No.
Most Power Supply's do not use a Circuit Breaker, nor a Fuse.
(May have to take that statement back, on some of the new Power Supply's though)

Once the Power Supply has gone bad, (Weak Voltage power rail, usually), it's time to buy a new one.

I find that Electrolytic Capacitors have failed, in most failed Power Supply's. However, that is just my general observation over the past 20 years.

Low quality Electrolytic Capacitors are used.
(Radial Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitor's)

These capacitors are used as Filters for the Power Supply. They filter the incoming AC electricity, and the outgoing DC electricity the Power Supply has converted.
(Input Stage, and Output Stage)

To wit:

The Power Supply used in a personal computer is an SMPS.
Switched-Mode Power Supply,

Here on the above Wikipedia page for SMPS, you will see a photo to the top right, of a typical SMPS.
You can click on the photo to enlarge.
(You can enlarge twice)

You are looking at a top view of a typical SMPS, that has the cover removed.
The large Electrolytic Capacitors, indicated by the letter B, are for the Input Stage.
The smaller Electrolytic Capacitors, indicated by the letter E, are for the Output Stage.

NEVER open a Power Supply, (SMPS), and try to work on it.

Even when a capacitor is removed from power, (Power Supply unplugged from power), the capacitors hold a charge for a LONG time.
Weeks, Months, sometimes over a year!

If your fingers touch the terminals on the bottom of a capacitor, (Radial Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitor), the charge could be released to YOU!

If your fingers complete a circuit that one, or more capacitors are in, the charge could be released to YOU!

The released charge can be a BAD shock to FATAL!

There are also MOSFET's, and Rectifier Bridge's that can go bad in an SMPS.

There is a Proper way to discharge a capacitor. I will not detail it here because of the safety issue to you.
The best method is to replace the Power Supply.

Tell me the computer manufacturer name, and Model Number, and I will look up what Power Supply it uses, if the info is available.
(90 percent of the time it is)

For any questions please post in a Comment.

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3) Your Power supply is failing. Not dead yet, but enough of a pause in power distribution to cause the entire system to go down. Power supply can be replaced as well.

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My money's on the bad power supply.

There is a way to bypass the Power On switch. Should you wish to know the procedure, state so in a comment.
(Believe upper right of page)

After you have made sure it isn't a bad Power On switch, check to make sure the 20-pin ATX motherboard power cable, is seated in the motherboard. TIGHT.

(Whitish see-through, long connector on motherboard.
Has 20 socket holes. 10 on each side.

Make sure the power cable is plugged in all the way, to this connector.
Make sure the lock on the side of the connector, is snapped in place.

(This one,

REMEMBER, computer unplugged from power! TOUCH the metal frame of the computer case, BEFORE you reach inside the computer.
Relieves your body of Static electricity)

Next, Power Supply.

When you press the Power On button, you are pressing a Momentary Contact switch.
The Power On switch that is behind the Power On button.
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No contact.

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Power is sent to the motherboard. BIOS is the first program to be turned on.

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(Windows XP is an example of an O/S)

Not enough power to turn the Processor on.

Your power supply has a weak voltage power rail, or a failed voltage power rail.

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1) The 3.3 Volt rail
2) The 5 Volt rail
3) The 12 Volt rail

Inside the Power Supply.
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The main component that fails is an Electrolytic Capacitor, (Or more than one)

(Information about SMPS,

You can click on the photo to the top right of this page, to enlarge it.
Main thing I'm pointing out here, are the Electrolytic Capacitors.
The large one's on the left side, are used in the Input Stage.
The smaller one's on the right are in the Output Stage.
This IS NOT, an invite to open your Power Supply!! Read the info at the end of this solution)

Electrolytic Capacitors can fail. When they do, you have a failed voltage power rail, or more than one.

ALL the lights used in your computer use less than 1 Watt.
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Should your fingers touch the terminals on the bottom of a capacitor, OR, touch a circuit that one or more capacitors are in,
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Shock ranges from BAD to FATAL!

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Be Safe.

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Failing power supply- 
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