I replaced a PSU and have received the original, cheap so-called 500W power supply. It has a dead fan. Works great except for the fan; cleaning didn't revive it. I don't own a desktop computer. Makers, hackers, what fun can I have with this PSU? What should I read to bring me up to speed?
What can I do with a fanless PSU? I have almost no working knowledge of electronics and I'm afraid to open up the PSU itself (out of fear of shocking myself mainly due to said uninformed state) -- but I could overcome this with sound instructions and safety precautions. And, I like projects and learning things.
I'm handy with some power tools, and I will have access to saws, wire cutters, vices, other helpful things of the household grade. I will also have access to a working dot matrix printer, an inkless inkjet printer, PS/2 and USB mice and keyboards, an HDD that is laughably tiny in capacity, and other, non-computer things including electronic learning toys for kids. Can I (eventually) build a toy robot safe for a child? Or something that is just functionally awesome? (Even something basic would be novel to me.) I don't remember if I have access to a soldering iron but I probably could. I'm happy to get inexpensive bits and connectors for this, though I don't know enough to establish a budget.
I'm a PC/Android/novice Linux person with rudimentary programming background, if that helps.
Instructions or links to projects would be extremely helpful. I'm inclined to follow steps until I feel comfortable enough to start my own projects. I have found articles like this
but I don't know what the next logical steps would be. Consider me enthusiastic but clueless. Recommendations for reading material to get some grounding in this would be much appreciated, too.
Dear hivemind, please help me go on an adventure with my little PSU!