burning smell after installation of pci

November 29, 2011 at 16:44:10
Specs: Windows 7
i installed a new pci card and also manualy cleaned the fan while i was in there...turned the comp on and there was a burning smell...now it wont boot atall...have a feeling that i fried the chip under the fan but how would i know
please help

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#1
November 29, 2011 at 17:58:54
Look for the component that let out the smoke is the usual joke.

If you can smell well then you may be able to narrow it to some area. If you think you can fix it then you have to remove the component above it. I'd just get a new board.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#2
November 29, 2011 at 18:04:07
hey jefro...as far as i could see there was no smoke but the smell was defo coming from the fan...i think the chip is dead but how would i check if the motherboard is also done and when u buy a motherboard what do i need to know to get a chip thats compatible If u could answer any of this it would be much apriciated :)

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#3
November 29, 2011 at 18:45:30
Check with the manufacturer for documentation on troubleshooting.

If there is none, might give this a go...
Remove everything from the mainboard; CPU, Memory, Fans, etc. All you want is the bare mainboard and power supply. Reset the CMOS to factory settings if possible. There are a few connectors that need to be connected - power on switch and speaker (not sound card). You should get beep codes when the power is applied. The codes vary with manufacturer. The code should indicate CPU missing or bad. Remove power. Install the old CPU with fan. The fan should spin when power is applied. Also beep code should indicate memory bad or missing, or bad CPU if it is defective (sometimes no code here is a bad CPU). Check the speaker to be sure it works. Check the voltages on the power supply while you are there. Low voltages can also destroy electronics (to much amp draw).

Personally, I buy a mainboard, CPU, and memory as a "set". Upgrading is not a bad thing. If it is an HP, Dell or other proprietary system, their board may be the only fit for the case.

This general troubleshooting information is the best I can do with the limited amount of system information you provided.

Good Luck!!


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#4
November 29, 2011 at 18:49:38
Ill try this thanx

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#5
November 30, 2011 at 12:58:37
if you are lucky, you can get an exact replacement. If not then it may be cheaper to buy an entire system or maybe a barebones setup or such.

You can try to borrow a power supply or other add on parts. It could be the power supply if that is where you smell it from. The nose knows.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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