Antec Aria PSU acting up?

somguy2u

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Nov 15, 2004
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well this is just weird to me, since i have owned tis case(only a few months) when i shut down, everythign shuts down, lights fans ect.

well last night i shut down and the lights stayed on, and the HDD light light up solid. well being annoyed as i wanted to sleep i unplugged it - they stayed on. so i unplugged the motherboard from the PSU, that did it.

i am guesing the capacitors and inductors in the PSU still had a charge and were dischraging but why would it do that, never had before? or is the problem in the mother board?

little confused, could use soe help.

i am kinda new to the computer building world, be gentle
 

loic2003

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Sep 14, 2003
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are you sure you shut down properly and didn't accidentaly go to standby mode? the machine looks like it is shutting down and seems to, but the hard drive will keep spinning as will the fans including those in the PSU.

Does it still do the same thing?

Sounds like you need ot have more patience with your machine. It'd only have taken a maximum of 10 seconds for the light to go out on the motherboard (bear in mind some have lights on even when the power is off to indicate there is still some current going through). Unplugging your motherboard when there's power still around is drastic and dangerous.
 

somguy2u

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Nov 15, 2004
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going to sleep/ standby is a possability, but the thing was unplugged from the wahll.. and the HDD was not spiunning to my knowledge, and the activity light was/is(i'm at work now can't see it to tell for sure) solid. i could let the capacitors and inductors discharge, and i did let it sit for about 10 minutes nothing happened. it doesn't take much power to turn on some LED's

plugging and unplugging and the reasoning helped me locate the problem to the motherboard, i think. since the case lights are directly to the PSU and the psu was still powering things they would saty on despite no mobo. so the mobo is still asking for it to dispense some power, but why and how.

yes it could go to sleep, but the activity light shouldn't be on?
 

loic2003

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yes, the light could well be on, even with the computer switched off.

When the computer is turned off (by just shutting down, not unplugging it from the wall) there is still a small current going through the motherboard. It is designed to do this so you can just press the button at the front of the computer instead of having to press a big chunky button with 240V going through it like the computers of 5 years ago. A lot of motherboards have LEDs in there to tell you about this as it is unsafe to add/remove components while this small current is flowing. The LED will remain on until the power is disconnected form the mains.

The LED is not wired directly to capacitors, there'll be other devices on the same circuit so the LED shouldn't remain on for too long...