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I have a problem with a 7812 in a power supply such that the output voltage (measured with a dvm) is only 9.5v. 

I at first thought the 7812 was bad so I put a new one in and still getting the same results.

I have a 7805 and 7905 in the same supply that work fine.

Any thoughts?  Is is possible that I got a batch of 7812's that are no good? (or perhaps mismarked 7810's)

Thanks in advance.

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I don't think that's the problem - at least based on what I had ordered the 7812 was from TI and I used the pinout on their datasheet.  However is there someway I could check it? - short of removing it from the circuit and using separate test circuits?

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Hi Thomas,

If you get a problem because you forget the cap at the input the problem is usually a very hot regulator due to self-resonance (swing). The cap at the output will not affect the regulator at this stage since there are no load variations without any load.

It would be interesting to see the schematic!

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