|thanks for the replies guys. still none the wiser as its still working perfectly. |
im with u in that i think something in the PSU blew rather than on the motherboard, as like i said, it was right in front of me at the time (so was the PSU, but obviously not dismantled).
i believe the BANG was too loud to have been caused by the 12v supplied to the board, so surely it had to be something in the PSU. 240 volts enters into that. even though it still works, i think its a good idea to replace anyway as its maybe 5 years older than the mobo.
well, as for the safety warning. ive opened up every single PSU ive ever owned at some point. mainly just to check for dodgy/failing capacitors, as visible bulging/leaking is not something i leave to chance. as long as its not LIVE and your reasonably careful (like dont prod around components with a metal object), ive found it quite easy not to be electricuted so far.
apparently a monitor is more dangerous for a shock i think ? still ive opened up every one of them ive ever owned too ;0)
thanks again all