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Convert/adapt an old ATX Power Supply into a Bench Power Supply with (or without) 3D Printed Parts

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/11/16

An interesting idea, although I would slightly modify it so I can -12V and -5V as well and maybe other voltage combinations too:

They are based on these underlying links:

Note that some of the newer power supplies with 24-pin molex connectors do not give you -5V any more.

A few notes:

  • depending on the age, ATX supplies can get you these voltages: -12V, -5V, 0V, +3.3V, +5V, +12V
    • -12V and -5V have very limited currents
    • newer power supplies often do not have -5V (especially the ones having 24-pin connectors)
    • newer power supplies have limited +5V power, but higher +12V power
    • older power supplies have limited +12V power, but higher +5V power
  • always take pictures of all connectors and the wire colours connected to them before starting (especially before cutting any wires)
    • this allows you to find back:
      • non-standard wire colours
      • configurations not covered here
  • to get stable 12V, you need a 5V load of about 5W:
    • between RED (+5V) andBLACK (GND),
    • for instance with pin 3 and pin 4,
    • or over one of the molex/floppy connectors: pins RED-BLACK
    • as load,
      • use at least a 10V/10W resistor or 12v/10W halogen lamp
      • ensure they are cooled well
  • to get stable 12V, you need a 12V load of about 10W
    • between YELLOW (+12V) andBLACK (GND),
    • for instance with pin 10 and pin 17,
    • or over one of the molex/floppy connectors: pins YELLOW-BLACK
    • as load,
      • use at least a 20V/20W resistor or 12v/20W halogen lamp
      • ensure they are cooled well
  • if your power supply has a BROWN (+3.3VS),
    • then ensure it is connected to ORANGE (+3.3V)
      • as brown is the SENSING wire to check 3.3V is OK.
  • to turn the power supply on,
    • short GREEN (PWR_ON, pin 14) and BLACK (GND, pin 15)
  • to know when the power is on:
    • connect a LED via a resistor between GREY (PWR_OK, pin 8) and BLACK (GND, pin 7)
  • to know when there is mains power:
    • connect a LED via a resistor between PURPLE (+5VSB, pin 9: stand by) and BLACK (GND, pin 7 or pin17)
  • Wikipedia: ATX Power supply describes
    • PWR_OK (often called Power Good)
    • +5VSB (stand by)
  • read the specs of your power supply to understand how much current it can deliver on which lines
  • some more current information

Example for loads: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKgziA46wFY; more on why you need them and how to choose:

With a few more modifications you can [WayBack] Convert a Computer Power Supply to a Variable Bench Top Lab Power Supply.

I will probably go for this solution as it is easier to swap power supplies.

–jeroen

Via: [WayBack] Nice recycling of an old ATX power supply with a 3D printed part and a few accessories and cables… – Jean-Luc Aufranc – Google+

 

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Relay Switch Circuit and Relay Switching Circuit

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/11/08

Via yesterdays post on a bench power supply fabricated from an ATX power supply, I found this very interesting set of relay switching circuits:

Electronics Tutorial about the Relay Switch Circuit and relay switching circuits used to control a variety of loads in circuit switching applications

[WayBackRelay Switch Circuit and Relay Switching Circuit

The images below are from that site. Note the BC337 and BC109 have different voltage/power specs. See [WayBackBC337/BC109 datasheet & application note – Datasheet Archive.

–jeroen

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DIY Filament Sensor for your 3D Printer

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/10/23

Via:

–jeroen

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Hopefully this is now available: in March you could pre-order the PoE hat for the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ at ~ EUR 15.

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/10/22

Wow, EUR 15 is almost half the price of an Raspberry Pi 3 B+:

[WayBack] RPI3-MODBP-POE RASPBERRY-PI, Add-On Board, Power over Ethernet (PoE) HAT for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ | Farnell UK

Via:

–jeroen

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MotionEyeOS on Odroid C1+ with Logitech USB web cameras

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/10/11

Hopefully I get this to work after fixing

The first part of the fix was to

  1. re-image the SD card.
  2. boot
  3. wait 5 minutes (there is no output on HDMI apart from some flickering and no output on TTY using 115200 bits/second despite trying [WayBacken:c1_hardware_uart [ODROID Wiki])

The second part is getting the USB web cameras to work.

I’ve got two types, but the label on them doesn’t list their common name, only their P/N sometimes with M/N:

  1. P/N 860-000049 M/N V-UBC40 (really old USB cameras)
  2. P/N 860-000334 (new USB camera)

The MotionEyeOS web interface didn’t list any working cameras so I had to do some digging.

Luckily [WayBackWebcam software and driver support for Windows has a table of part and model numbers combined with product names, so they got revealed them as these:

  1. P/N 860-000334 = M/N V-U0028  with name HD Pro Webcam C920
  2. P/N 861225 = M/N V-UBC40 with name Quick Cam Messenger
    (which is funny as the P/N on the label is different)

Both are supported by motion according to [WayBackLogitech < Motion < Foswiki though the Quick Cam Messenger needs [WayBackQuickcam Messenger & Communicate driver for Linux which I should try to cross-compile one day.

The latter works fine. Below are some settings I used.

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