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Power Supply Failing? Or is TC Overheating?

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Just recently, my Time Capsule has been '''''occasionally shutting off without warning'''''. It's happened several times so far this past month and a half, and I think it is from overload? To elaborate for the last failure, I was simultaneously transferring a large file from the TC's HDD to a MBP, downloading a 1GB update for a program on another MBP, and streaming a YouTube video on a Windows desktop.

It abruptly cut off everything I was doing, and there is no LED on the front while plugged in. However, while plugged in, I can hear and feel the hard drive still spinning. The TC is somewhat warm to the touch (seems to be the usual temp), but it's not scorching hot.

If I give it '''''5-15 minutes of leaving it unplugged''''' and then plug it back in, it mysteriously '''''starts working again''''', LEDs and all. When it turns off again, nobody knows, but it sure will be at the most inconvenient time.

My TC is sitting in a TV entertainment center, on the first shelf below the TV but there is plenty of empty ventilating room around it.

So what's going on here? Am I going to need to '''''replace the power supply'''''? Or is it just '''''overheating from too much activity''''' and it wants to cool down for a bit? I don't know what to make of these symptoms...

* 4th generation Time Capsule (2TB)
* Hard drive is not dead
* Plugged into power surge protector (or power strip...?)
* Using original power cable.
* Bought used on eBay a few months ago, likely been in service for more than 12 months

Device:

AirPort Time Capsule Model A1409

Status:

open

Accepted Answer:

273980

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Title:

Power Supply Failing? Or is TC Overheating?

Text:

Just recently, my Time Capsule has been occasionally shuting'''''occasionally shutting off without warningwarning'''''. It's happened several times so far this past month and a half, and I think it is from overload? To elaborate for the last failure, I was simultaneously transferring a large file from the TC's HDD to a MBP, downloading a 1GB update for a program on another MBP, and streaming a YouTube video on a Windows desktop.
Just recently, my Time Capsule has been occasionally shuting'''''occasionally shutting off without warningwarning'''''. It's happened several times so far this past month and a half, and I think it is from overload? To elaborate for the last failure, I was simultaneously transferring a large file from the TC's HDD to a MBP, downloading a 1GB update for a program on another MBP, and streaming a YouTube video on a Windows desktop.
 
It abruptly cut off everything I was doing, and there is no LED on the front while plugged in. However, while plugged in, I can hear and feel the hard drive still spinning. The TC is somewhat warm to the touch (seems to be the usual temp), but it's not scorching hot.
 
If I give it 5-15'''''5-15 minutes of leaving it unpluggedunplugged''''' and then plug it back in, it mysteriously starts'''''starts working againagain''''', LEDs and all. When it turns off again, nobody knows, but it sure will be at the most inconvenient time.
If I give it 5-15'''''5-15 minutes of leaving it unpluggedunplugged''''' and then plug it back in, it mysteriously starts'''''starts working againagain''''', LEDs and all. When it turns off again, nobody knows, but it sure will be at the most inconvenient time.
 
My TC is sitting in a TV entertainment center, on the first shelf below the TV but there is plenty of empty ventilating room around it.
 
So what's going on here? Am I going to need to replace'''''replace the power supplysupply'''''? Or is it just overheating'''''overheating from too much activityactivity''''' and it wants to cool down for a bit? I don't know what to make of these symptoms...
So what's going on here? Am I going to need to replace'''''replace the power supplysupply'''''? Or is it just overheating'''''overheating from too much activityactivity''''' and it wants to cool down for a bit? I don't know what to make of these symptoms...
 
-* 4th generation Time Capsule (2TB)

-

*
Hard drive is not dead

-

*
Plugged into power surge protector (or power strip...?)

-

*
Using original power cable.

-

*
Bought used on eBay a few months ago, likely been in service for more than 12 months
-* 4th generation Time Capsule (2TB)

-

*
Hard drive is not dead

-

*
Plugged into power surge protector (or power strip...?)

-

*
Using original power cable.

-

*
Bought used on eBay a few months ago, likely been in service for more than 12 months

Device:

AirPort Time Capsule Model A1409

Status:

open

Original post by: Internets ,

Title:

Power Supply Failing? Or is TC Overheating?

Text:

Just recently, my Time Capsule has been occasionally shuting off without warning. It's happened several times so far this past month and a half, and I think it is from overload? To elaborate for the last failure, I was simultaneously transferring a large file from the TC's HDD to a MBP, downloading a 1GB update for a program on another MBP, and streaming a YouTube video on a Windows desktop.

It abruptly cut off everything I was doing, and there is no LED on the front while plugged in. However, while plugged in, I can hear and feel the hard drive still spinning. The TC is somewhat warm to the touch (seems to be the usual temp), but it's not scorching hot.

If I give it 5-15 minutes of leaving it unplugged and then plug it back in, it mysteriously starts working again, LEDs and all. When it turns off again, nobody knows, but it sure will be at the most inconvenient time.

My TC is sitting in a TV entertainment center, on the first shelf below the TV but there is plenty of empty ventilating room around it.

So what's going on here? Am I going to need to replace the power supply? Or is it just overheating from too much activity and it wants to cool down for a bit? I don't know what to make of these symptoms...

- 4th generation Time Capsule (2TB)

- Hard drive is not dead

- Plugged into power surge protector (or power strip...?)

- Using original power cable.

- Bought used on eBay a few months ago, likely been in service for more than 12 months

Device:

AirPort Time Capsule Model A1409

Status:

open