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Fried Motherboard?


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#1 ttcole1254

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 04:44 PM

Okay, so here's how it happened. I have one of those adapters that converts molex power into a fan plug for use on custom fans. Well, I had the adapter plugged into the power supply, and the metal pins for the connector were exposed at the bottom of the case (stupid, I know). The tip of a SATA connector came into contact with the metal pins from the 12v power supply, and the computer instantly shut off with a orange light on the front (it's usually blue). The PC is a Dell Inspiron 530 from 2007, unmodified except for a new case fan. Anyway, I fixed the problem with the cord, left the power cord unplugged for about 5 minutes, and plugged it back in. It booted up fine, but ever since then, the PC has been slower than usual, and doesn't detect hardware for a few minutes. I'm wondering if the motherboard could be damaged in any way. It still runs, but it seems noticeably slower than before this happened. I've been planning to do a major upgrade soon anyway, so it's not too much of a big deal if it's messed up. I'm just curious. All custom BIOS settings are still intact, by the way.

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#2 jhayz

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 07:46 PM

Your still lucky as compared to others:)

shut off with a orange light

From the documentation Dell Inspiron 530
amber light The blinking amber indicates a problem with the system board. A solid amber light when the system does not boot indicates that the system board cannot start initialization. This could be a system board or a power supply problem. See Power Problems guide from link on steady or blinking amber.

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#3 ttcole1254

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 04:00 PM

It was strange. I held down the button for 5 seconds with the amber light, and the light went out. When I pushed it on again, I got the amber light again. I had to unplug the power cord and wait for the power to drain from the motherboard, then when I turned it back on, it worked normally. And I guess I am lucky nothing more serious happened. The slowdown might have been related to the system shutting off improperly, possibly corrupting windows. I'll try a reformat and reinstall in the next few days, and hopefully the performance will be back to normal. :) I also checked the motherboard physically for anything that looked wrong, and I couldn't see anything that looked out of place. Maybe it was a failsafe that tripped? Like a circuit breaker maybe.




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