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Burning Smell

by johnnywoodjohnnywood / November 24, 2006 8:32 AM PST

My hp froze up as I was transferring photos to a flash drive and I smelled a burning wire smell. I was hoping it was just the dust bunnies inside. I power cycled the pc and now the monitor doesnt show the pc booting up. Just a blank screen/black. The monitor was tested on another pc and still works.

Can someone give me some "it could be's" so I know if its worth having someone look at it. Thanks for any help.
-johnnywood

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Do you have. . .
by davewolfusa / November 24, 2006 11:02 AM PST
In reply to: Burning Smell

a video card on "on board" video on the system board?

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burning smell
by johnnywoodjohnnywood / November 24, 2006 11:15 AM PST
In reply to: Do you have. . .

the video card is not a plug and play type like its 56k modem. You think I lost the video card?
thank you

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When you power up the PC,...
by Paul C / November 24, 2006 5:34 PM PST
In reply to: Burning Smell

...do you hear fans starting? Do you hear the beep when the PC finishes its POST (Power On Self Test)? If not, the power supply has probably died. If you do, then it's likely that the onboard video on the motherboard has been fried. Then, you're looking at a new motherboard or a plug in videocard (assuming that there's no other damage to the motherboard).

Also, the CPU may have failed. Take the side cover off the PC and look inside. Does everything seem to be in place?

I suspect that you might be in the market for a new PC, as I somehow suspect that the repair (unless it's just the power supply) wouldn't be worth the cost.

I sure hope that you had all your important things backed up...

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When you power up the PC,...
by johnnywoodjohnnywood / November 25, 2006 1:30 AM PST

thanks for your reply
-johnnywood

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When you power up the PC,...
by johnnywoodjohnnywood / November 25, 2006 3:11 AM PST

Only one fan turns on (the lower one, not the one next to the power supply). I dont hear any of its usual beeps and creaks after start up.
I looked inside and everything 'seems' to be in place.

thank you for your reply
-johnnywood

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First check the power supply
by mjd420nova / November 25, 2006 3:28 AM PST

If the power supply is okay, then the integrated video has failed. Also check the memory to be sure it's seated fully. A good nose could locate the failed chip on the motherboard, but disassembly would be required. A good visual inspection might reveal a blistered or cratered chip too.

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Next, johnnywood,...
by Paul C / November 25, 2006 5:52 PM PST

...if you can, borrow a known good power supply from someone. Make sure that it's at least equal to the power rating of your PS. Swap your PS with the borrowed one, connect all the power leads to the drives and motherboard and restart. If all's well, then one or more outputs from the PS are burned out; get a new PS. If not, then it is the motherboard, in which case you have the options of a new motherboard/CPU or a new PC.

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Burning Smell
by johnnywoodjohnnywood / November 26, 2006 3:57 AM PST
In reply to: Next, johnnywood,...

Sweet! Thanks for your replies.

-johnnywood

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