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New Mobo Caught On Fire


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#1 Mikefc626

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 10:47 AM

I ordered these parts:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103249
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128339
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820227289
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817256008

Plugged the 24 pin mobo power connection in, plugged the 8pin 12v cpu power connection in, the cpu, cooler, and ram. Mobo has onboard video, so I had no cards plugged in, and also no drives. I just wanted to verify it would start before proceeding.

I pushed the power switch, quick spin of the cpu fan, then nothing. No fans spinning whatsoever, no beeps, the computer wasn't on. Pushed it again, then Pop! stinky smoke, and a bright orange glow from one of the really small capacitors near the bottom of the board.

Did I do something wrong, or did Gigabyte do something wrong? I don't see how I could have done it with so few things hooked up. It's a fairly straightforward process, one I've done many, many times. I just haven't done it since they went 24 pin ATX and 12v cpu power requirements. My last build was an Athlon XP computer, so yeah it's been awhile.

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 11:12 AM

Sounds like the motherboard shorted out to what ever was touching it. Does this case have raised mounting points or stand offs so that the board is clear of the case? Is the board touching the case anywhere?

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#3 Mikefc626

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 11:44 AM

It had standoffs. There weren't any little fuzzy washer type things to place between the riser and the mobo like my last case, though. The board was touching the psu, or if it wasn't, it was really really close. I'm not sure though because I just RMA'ed it and it's on it's way back.

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 02:23 PM

Cross your fingers that you didn't take the cpu with it
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Posted 26 August 2008 - 02:57 PM

Newegg's problem now ;-) I told them I needed to send it back along with the motherboard so I didn't get stuck being out of the replacement period, if indeed I did get the new board and realize the CPU got screwed too.

Hope it doesn't happen again. I already have to wait about a week round-trip to get the new stuff :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 September 2008 - 04:14 PM

Double check your stand off locations and make sure NOTHING is touching the motherboard that shouldn't be, including any solder that may gather around screw locations.
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