Solved PSU Pop and Smoke

July 7, 2015 at 12:46:09
Specs: Windows8.1 Pro with Media Centre x64, 2.793 GHz / 4096 MB
Hi

So I started up my PC after a few weeks to get some data off it. I usually use my laptop.

So when I started it up it was running fine then suddenly there was a loud pop from the PSU and then huge amount of smoke. The system was still displaying the desktop when the smoke happened and without doing anything I turned off the main socket.

I'm guessing it's the PSU. What do you guys think? Should I replace the PSU? Or take any other steps?

And if it is the PSU do you think everything else will be fine as it was still giving the display.


Waiting for your help.

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#1
July 7, 2015 at 13:18:36
If you are lucky it's just the PSU. Something very similar happened to me on an old XP so I was sure it had taken the motherboard with it. I was amazed that a new PSU sorted it.

There is still a vague possibility that the motherboard shorted and killed off the PSU but PSU's are usually quite resilient to a brief overload. No guarantees but I think a new PSU will get it going again.

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#2
July 7, 2015 at 14:28:24
Thanks

I am going to get a new PSU tomorrow and see. I think the system is fine as I was still giving a display and I was the one to turn it off. I haven't tried turning it back on again. Also this was a 8 year old PSU with a lot of time on it.

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#3
July 7, 2015 at 14:43:38
OK, good luck and let us know how it works out.

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#5
July 7, 2015 at 16:47:49
Thanks for the options riider.

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#6
July 7, 2015 at 20:26:25
Quick aside, is that link on your posts something of yours?
If so I've a couple of comments to help it along.

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#7
July 7, 2015 at 23:09:10
It's mine. I started it a while back but stopper working on it. I'm planning on very getting it back up again.

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#8
July 8, 2015 at 14:29:32
OK thanks. When you get around to it, two little thoughts:

Try to get dates on things. Old info can still be useful if you realise when it was given.

Very minor but your Google search box on there doesn't work.

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