Sony Vaio PCV-RX1 Power Supply

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Fraggle, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. Fraggle

    Fraggle Guest

    Hi guys,

    I've managed to spill water into the power supply of my Sony Vaio
    PCV-RX1 desktop (I know, I know..) and was wondering if anyone knew
    which make it was or how I could get a replacement? Any help would be
    very much appreciated.

    Many thanks.
    Fraggle, Oct 2, 2004
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  2. Can you remove it? Does it look like a commodity (standard)
    PC power supply? Sony has a long history of using custom
    and proprietary parts, so it wouldn't surprise me if you had to
    acquire a replacement from Sony.

    This probably isn't the right newsgroup for this question.
    My news service (Supernews) has a newsgroup called...
    Richard Crowley, Oct 2, 2004
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  3. Fraggle

    david.mccall Guest

    Was it on when you poured the water into the power supply?
    Did you turn it on after you poured the water into the power supply?

    If the answer to these 2 questions is no,
    then you might have a chance of saving the supply.

    Water is not necessarily bad for electrical components.
    However, turning equipment on with water still in it can be a big problem.

    The trick is to get it dried out before you turn it on. I think you need to
    it quickly to reduce corrosion. Open it up and drain all of the water out
    dry it in the sun, or with a hair dryer. Be careful with the hair dryer
    You don't want to overheat anything, or melt the plastic bits.

    One time there was a fire in a nightclub while our sound system was in it.
    The firemen hosed everything down and knocked all of the equipment onto
    the floor which was covered in a foot or so of water. We brought the
    equipment back and put it in the sun for a couple days. The stuff looked
    like hell, and all of the plastic knobs and other plastic parts were badly
    deformed from melting in the heat of the fire. After drying it out and
    replacing the power cords, much of it still worked fine.

    I've heard that you can even save a camera that has been dropped in a lake
    by keeping it submerged until you can take it apart and dry it out. Success
    less likely if you drop it into salt water. You still want to keep it
    until you can take it all apart and flush out the salt water, then dry it.

    david.mccall, Oct 2, 2004
  4. Fraggle

    Fraggle Guest

    Thanks guys. I waited a couple of hours before switching it back on
    and heard a pop and knew that I had probably fried it. It doesn't
    appear to be a standard power supply, there are no manufacturers
    details on it and I doubt any other supply will sit properly in the
    case. I guess my only hope it to go through Sony..sigh.
    Fraggle, Oct 4, 2004
  5. Fraggle

    david.mccall Guest

    Do you have any used computer stores around?
    They might be able to come up with a supply.

    BTW, a couple hours isn't nearly long enough for equipment to dry out,
    unless you are applying hot air. Even in the sun, I'd give it a full day or
    There could be places in there where water can get trapped.

    david.mccall, Oct 4, 2004
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