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Replacing Smoking Graphics Card


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#1 bravestarr5

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 11:52 AM

Hey Guys!

I have a new pc now, due to my old one dying after what I think was my graphics card blowing: sudden smoke and bad electric smell.

[[PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THE GRAPHICS CARD WAS MY only MEANS OF CONNECTING TO A MONITOR]]

Since this happened I've tried other HDDs to boot up to thinking I could check if the system was still usable (motherboard, HDD, RAM etc.) taking care not to leave the system on for very long.
Checking for the system lights & BIOS / POST checks were okay once I used a formatted HDD from another PC, not the one that was already installed.
I bought some new RAM and replaced it with the old and did the same checks, all okay.

So I am assuming that it was solely the graphics card and my system is still able to be salvaged.

So now I have a new graphics card and I'm feeling might anxious about replacing it!
Is it okay to even try this?
I don't want to fry my system if there's something wrong that I've missed
This will only be my back-up pc but I built it myself and was running smoothly for 4 years so I kinda feel an attachment to it.

Many thanx for any advice people!

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#2 fairjoeblue

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 01:31 PM

There are a few things that could cause a video card to smoke .
I would inspect the bad card to see if I can determine exactly where the smoke was coming from.

I would be highly suspcious of the power supply too .
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