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My freaking computer caught fire


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#1 Joly

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 01:47 PM

I woke up this morning and turned on my pc, it shut off after about 2 seconds, I looked over to see what the heck was going on and I saw smoke coming out of it! I opened her up and I saw that it started at the connection point of one of my video cards. So I took that video card out and decided "Oh well, I'll just use one video card then" and tried to run it that way but unfortunately my computer simply will not run... Now my question is could the issue be my power supply or could I have messed up my motherboard? The PCI express port on my motherboard is slightly chard but it doesn't seem to be damaged at all beyond the port itself. The reason why I think my power supply could possibly be an issue is because when I run power to my pc no lights come on what-so-ever except for one light that flashes every 5 seconds or so, which used to be on steadily. Thanks in advance for any suggestions or advice.



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Posted 04 July 2013 - 02:38 PM

Hi,

Without being able to test each of the components to verify that they are good I'd replace the power supply, the motherboard and the video card. Then I'd carefully test the system to be sure that there wasn't still a problem hiding somewhere.

Releasing the smoke that the engineers build into electronic components can be very damaging. Both to the component and those around it. I've been told that once the smoke is released that component will not operate again.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 04:52 PM

What brand/model of power supply?  Which video card, the primary or the secondary (top or bottom card)?  If the bottom card is the only one in the system, it might not boot.

 

Generally a flashing light on the power supply indicates a bad power supply, or rarely a shorted motherboard.  If we know the type of PSU, we can look up troubleshooting info for it.


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 10:23 PM

Thanks for the interesting info guys, the power supply is a cooler master silent pro 1000w. The video card that was burnt was the top one, I'm assuming that would be the primary. Also, is it an option to continue using my motherboard even if one of the pci express ports is damaged or do I have to purchase a new motherboard?






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