Bad PowerMan PS in InWin cases


May 26, 2005
I have almost 20 InWin cases between work/home/friends bought between 2000-2002, and all ended up with the same problem with the power supply. Looks like something overheated in the PS, I think it's a resistor, but don't know for sure (see pic). They all have a Power Man PS, and I think I remember a while back reading an article about a huge batch of PS's that had sub-standard parts and hit big names like In-Win.

Click links to see the pictures:
<A HREF="" target="_new">Inside Power Supply</A>
<A HREF="" target="_new">Power Supply Label</A>

My questions are...
Has anyone else had this problem?
Do you remember hearing about this epidemic and if so, do you have a link to somewhere?
What is the item that looks burned out? Is it a resistor?
Any idea if there is a fix to this, besides replacing all these PS's?

Any input would be appreciated.

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by SidA on 05/26/05 01:58 PM.</EM></FONT></P>


Apr 7, 2005
For this and every other part just look at the legend near the component R=resistor, C=capacitor, J=connector.

The resistors have a color code on the package consisting of several color lines, the diodes are usually black with a single silver or white line indicating polarity, electrolytic capacitors are the standing cilinders and they too have a line indicating the polarity.

Nothing is as easy as it looks