plugging in a 20pin power supply into a 24 pin mother board

Discussion in 'Power Supplies and UPS's' started by theheroguy, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. theheroguy

    theheroguy Geek Trainee

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    As the title explains, I have a computer that i think needs a powersupply replaced. I wanted to make sure that it was the problem before i go out and buy one. I took the powersupply out of one of my other computers but it only has 20pins not 24 like the mother board has. Can i still use this?

  2. Wildcard

    Wildcard Big Geek

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    According to an article I read, it is possible to plug the 20 pin into a 24 pin slot on the motherboard and it might work, however you stand a good chance of overloading and damaging the pins on the motherboard so I would not risk it.
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  3. NumbWarri0r

    NumbWarri0r Geek

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    I would agree with Wildcard here, don't risk shorting out the motherboard.

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