So i had built this computer about 4 years ago, ran fine until XP pooped out on me. I since then got a nice laptop and used the old computer mainly for storage and some web browsing, was still moving files over to my new comp.
I had it running fine, then turned it off for a couple days. When I tried to turn it back on, it powered up, but then shut down within 5-10 seconds. The lights on the front stayed on, but everything shut down. Then i smelled smoke. NOT GOOD.
I don't know what happened, and tried it again later that day and the same thing happened, power on, lights, then 5 seconds later powers off.
I unplugged it, grounded myself and opened up the comp to see where the smell was coming from - i couldn't tell that well but it smells like the power supply (500 modular supply)
Took out my HDs (raptor 90GB, Caciar 250GB) to continue saving the data on it. Neither will spin up in 2 different external enclousures.......................havnt tried them in another comp yet tho.
If both my hard drives got fried I am going to be really mad. Are they dead? if they are, can i get that data off????
Should i try buying a new power supply? If i did, i'll just get one that i can use in a new build - what kind watts is appropriate for a gaming/audio workstation computer these days? 850 watts with 2 12v rails?
Edited by neophool, 07 July 2009 - 11:19 PM.