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    A power supply plugs driectly into the wall. There is a spot on the back to put a power cord into (plug gets plugged into the back, then into the wall)

    The powersupply will have a few sets of wires comming off it. One will have a long connector (the longest one of the bunch). This is your ATX connector, you won't use that. The other two will have 2-3 connectors each, they will be smaller 4 holed plugs called molex plugs. There will be 4 wires in them. 2 black wires (these are your grounds) a red wire (5v rail I THINK, double check from the diagram on your powersupply) and a yellow wire, the 12V rail (again, double check I could be wrong and I don't feel like taking my rig apart to check.)

    I would really suggest that you pick up a book at rat shack about the basics of electronics before you go any further. Its a lot cheaper than frying more parts, or worse zapping yourself.


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    Thanks again (again again) Casper!
    Here's what it looks like so far:

    Return four AC power supplies (don't need these, right?)
    Get a new PSU with wire connections for 3 devices. (any specifics?)
    Toss fried pelt.
    Hook up functional stuff.
    YAY!!
    After I do all of this, I will let you know how it works.
    Thanks a million!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]

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    "Return four AC power supplies (don't need these, right?)"


    Whats an AC power supply?

    Any computer power supply will have enough connectors for what you need.

    "P.S. Why do you call Radio Shack-Rat Shack? Just wondering..."

    Shrug, just sorta fits after you go there enough times.

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    Ok, thanks!! The AC power supply is the plug-into wall cord with raw wire at the end... The evil device that popped the pelt... I don't thunk I need any of these anymore, not even for the PSU. If I'm wrong, please correct me unelectronic knowlagable self... THANKS AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]
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    Rofl

    Your trying bud, I gotta give ya that.

    Think of a powersupply as an air conditioner for electricity.
    In the heat of the summer, the air outside isn't really suitable for inside your house. So you have something that conditions the air to a more suitable temp/humidity.

    Same thing, a power supply "conditions" the electricty for you.

    A plug with bare wires on one end, is just a plug with bare wires at the end. I am sure there is a more technical term, but..

    BTW: I don't know if you knew this, but for my lights (some of them you have to wire) instead of buying a plug, and wire, and doing all that work. Home Depot sells 25' outdoor ext. cords for under 5 bucks. Just cut the end of it off at the leagnth you need, and twist the wires together. (They are color coded, match em up, twist um, tape em, wire nut)

    Saves time and money


    Casper

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    Ok, now I'm just tracking down a power supply, then I'm off to the races! THANKS AGAIN (x20 or 30)!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]
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    UPDATE!: I am 90% sure that I have tracked down a free powersupply, and should have it between Monday and Wednesday!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img] YAY! THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE, I'll post how it works as soon as I get a good idea for myself... THANKS!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]
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    Oh No Lithsopman is going to do more electrical work [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]. It's been nice knowing you bud. I hope you have all the plants you ever wanted in the afterlife. We'll miss you.

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