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Re: [PLEASE READ] GX4000 with original power brick and C4CPC
« Reply #175 on: 12:28, 28 October 19 »
There's a serious lack of technical (in fact ANY) details on that page.

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Re: [PLEASE READ] GX4000 with original power brick and C4CPC
« Reply #176 on: 12:42, 28 October 19 »
Yeah I agree, but i ordered it and will check it out.. But I agree the lack of details gets me abit worried ..

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Re: [PLEASE READ] GX4000 with original power brick and C4CPC
« Reply #177 on: 13:32, 28 October 19 »
Prefert a 2.1mm +9V regulated output power supply for this price... (i.e. electric local shop or amazon)
Worst when it's wrote that is your fault if your good quality GX4000 may burn with what is looking to be a cheap molded adapter.
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Re: [PLEASE READ] GX4000 with original power brick and C4CPC
« Reply #178 on: 17:58, 28 October 19 »
Yeah I agree on that, seems even more sketchy wheni read it again now .. Btw: I try to just search for " 2.1mm +9V regulated output power supply" but i get too many results is there any just to be recommended ? With Euro plug would be best, I really need to get my electrical skills sorted but I am not so skilled in this area (not the best when you are into retro computers lol) ... Thanks for the input TotO ..

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Re: [PLEASE READ] GX4000 with original power brick and C4CPC
« Reply #179 on: 18:38, 06 November 19 »
Got the psu adapter i mentioned earlier now, but the sticker showing its voltage and information have been remove, you can still see the sticker residue left from where it was before.. I asked the company about this and this is the reply i get is that i should not worry: it will work, about what voltages it is he would not answer ...

But the psu adapter is very lightweight and without any sticker and no ce cert markings i think it could be hazardous to use .. Check it out please: What do you guys think, should i look for another one ? Anyone can supply a link ?


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Re: [PLEASE READ] GX4000 with original power brick and C4CPC
« Reply #180 on: 19:59, 06 November 19 »
simulant have an account here (and other places) for his retro-business, so he can explain why he his selling chines rubbish without any EU conformity and you have to trust and deal with that.
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Re: [PLEASE READ] GX4000 with original power brick and C4CPC
« Reply #181 on: 09:31, 07 November 19 »
Got the psu adapter i mentioned earlier now, but the sticker showing its voltage and information have been remove, you can still see the sticker residue left from where it was before.. I asked the company about this and this is the reply i get is that i should not worry: it will work, about what voltages it is he would not answer ...

But the psu adapter is very lightweight and without any sticker and no ce cert markings i think it could be hazardous to use .. Check it out please: What do you guys think, should i look for another one ? Anyone can supply a link ?

Eh, it's illegal to sell it then. He removed the sticker so that you can't do a search on Aliexpress where it's probably available for under €1. Send it back.

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Re: [PLEASE READ] GX4000 with original power brick and C4CPC
« Reply #182 on: 18:36, 10 November 19 »
Just checking before I plug my GX4000 in again and try my C4CPC that just came, thanks Gerald.
I have previously been using this to play Burning Rubber (my only game)

Talking with my dad who's got a working history with electronics and he is saying that 12v is too much"If 12v just goes to the 7805, and 500mA is going through, that means the 7805 will have to dissipate 3.5W. That's a fair bit. Would need a big heat sink."So he thinks that you really need a 9v PSU and going higher is riskier.But he has 0 experience with the GX4000.

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Re: [PLEASE READ] GX4000 with original power brick and C4CPC
« Reply #183 on: 03:19, 11 November 19 »
Had a play with it with the above adaptor tonight.

It got pretty hot above the 7805.

I've ordered a multi-adaptor so I can do it at 9v
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B017OMEW4QShould come tomorrow so hopefully this will make it run a bit cooler

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Re: [PLEASE READ] GX4000 with original power brick and C4CPC
« Reply #184 on: 13:37, 11 November 19 »
Hi @siccoyote , I've just been reading through this entire topic (including the hilarious back and forth about static discharge etc etc) and the consensus has been from most people NOT to use a variable PSU as they rarely give out the correct voltage. I'm not talking from any experience what so ever, just regurgitating what I've read on here.
I'm looking at getting a new PSU for my newly acquired (yesterday evening) GX4000 as it came with a Euro 220v adapter rather than the UK one. From what i've been reading, I should probably get a new one anyway.
To everyone else; will this "replacement" for the previously linked adapter work ok? Or will the 2a output fry the gx4000? I have no clue about how amps are used within circuitry, but hoping to learn.
https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/ac-dc-adapters/1753309/


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Re: [PLEASE READ] GX4000 with original power brick and C4CPC
« Reply #185 on: 14:52, 11 November 19 »
To clear up a few things: @siccoyote : Your dad's right. The 7805 has to "get rid" of the extra voltage between the input and output voltage (7V difference). The 7805 does have a certain amount of overhead that it needs to be stable (usually about 2V or 3V above the output voltage) so it wouldn't work with a 6V supply, so the most efficient supply for a 7805 would be about 8V. His math's are also correct: Power = Current x Voltage (P=IV) The extra 7V x 0.5A = 3.5W. With the 9V supply the 7805 would only need to sink 2W of excess energy.

@geebus: Amps are like beer at a party. Just cos you have 100's of litres of it, doesn't mean you have to consume it all (or at least you shouldn't). The amps on a PSU tell you what it can supply, the circuit decides how much it's going to take. So theoretically you could use a 50A PSU on the CPC, but there is an associated risk with doing this. The CPC rarely needs more than about 2 or 3 amps and the traces on the PCB are sized accordingly. If you are using a 3A PSU on you CPC and one of the RAMs gets a short circuit (a common occurance), then the CPC will pull as much current as possible (3A in this case) and the RAM chip will get hot, normally no further damage should occur. However, if you were using a 50A PSU and a short occured, then the current could theoretically rise to 50A (in reality other factors would limit this) and you would fry all the traces off the PCB, something that is extremely difficult to repair.

So much like the beer at a party. Make sure there's enough at hand, but don't over do it. :)

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Re: [PLEASE READ] GX4000 with original power brick and C4CPC
« Reply #186 on: 16:19, 11 November 19 »
@geebus: Amps are like beer at a party. Just cos you have 100's of litres of it, doesn't mean you have to consume it all (or at least you shouldn't). The amps on a PSU tell you what it can supply, the circuit decides how much it's going to take. So theoretically you could use a 50A PSU on the CPC, but there is an associated risk with doing this. The CPC rarely needs more than about 2 or 3 amps and the traces on the PCB are sized accordingly. If you are using a 3A PSU on you CPC and one of the RAMs gets a short circuit (a common occurance), then the CPC will pull as much current as possible (3A in this case) and the RAM chip will get hot, normally no further damage should occur. However, if you were using a 50A PSU and a short occured, then the current could theoretically rise to 50A (in reality other factors would limit this) and you would fry all the traces off the PCB, something that is extremely difficult to repair.

So much like the beer at a party. Make sure there's enough at hand, but don't over do it. :)


Thanks Bryce. That is exactly the way to tell a Scotsman something. Comparing it to alcohol.
Now I know!

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Re: [PLEASE READ] GX4000 with original power brick and C4CPC
« Reply #187 on: 16:56, 11 November 19 »
This looks like (to the untrained eye i must add!) a good replacement for everyone, using RS online. Just need to add the specific prong type that they have listed too.
https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/ac-dc-adapters/1361325/
Anyone tell me otherwise?
A little more pricey than I was expecting, but better than frying the GX4000!

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Re: [PLEASE READ] GX4000 with original power brick and C4CPC
« Reply #188 on: 15:24, 13 November 19 »
I got a repsonse for a Eu plug that is available now from Gerald, check this one out all:

https://fr.farnell.com/xp-power/vel12us090-eu-ja/adaptateur-ac-dc-9v-1-28a/dp/2524419