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pc caught on fire

by freaky_peru / April 27, 2006 3:18 AM PDT

long story short, roomie's pc started puffing smoke out the power supply and it went downhill very quickly from there.

it's an e-machine, about 3yrs old. i saw online this isn't uncommon with those. (!?!) is there any kind of settlement fund to get some money back from? obviously the pc is outside its warranty.

what about salvaging parts? what are the chances that the MB, RAM, HD didn't take a hit when the power supply blew?

thanks for your advice.

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pc caught on fire,
by jcrobso / April 27, 2006 4:27 AM PDT
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If the fire was contained to the PSU and didn't send high voltage to the other parts or the fire spread to any thing else you can get a new PSU. The down side ,, the only way tell is to put power to it. John

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(NT) (NT) Call eMachines and complain
by nathanpsz2 / April 27, 2006 5:04 AM PDT
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Contact eMachine
by jmwrdp / April 27, 2006 11:24 PM PDT

I would contact eMachine support,either by email or phone. Go to their website,both are listed there. I have used their email support for my eMachine. They were prompt and helpful even though I have an older eMachine which I bought through the paper.

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hard drive is easy to salvage
by Razzl / April 27, 2006 11:55 PM PDT
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You have my sypathies, my 3-year-old eMachines T1860 crapped out early this year from what seems to have been a power supply problem (although replacing it with a new one didn't bring it back to life). But I did learn in that time how easy it was to remove the hard drive where all your good stuff lives and put it in a cheap external case to salvage files. My drive was good and after harvesting my old email and other files I turned it into a backup drive for my new HP Pavilion Slimline S7320n.

If you had any kind of fancy aftermarket hardware like drives or boards it would be a relatively easy matter to remove them and put them in a new PC also, so long as they weren't damaged.

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pc caught on fire
by jimmurray1946 / April 28, 2006 3:31 AM PDT
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try e machines for replacement but i would pick up a new power supply and clean the mess and re power the system. if there is anything damaged by the surge or burst you are out the $15 a replacement psu for e machines cost. i agree that there are probably good components you can re use however why re use most of them when newer updated components are cheap. i recently saw a complete unit for sale at a store for $199. if you are going for internet access thats the way to go, if your going for gaming forget e-machines in the first place

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I saw smoke and sparks!
by janlafata / April 28, 2006 6:16 AM PDT
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I had a processor that had a pin fall off and down into the motherboard. I was told by techs that by trying to start it up it could cause a short. Well problems never stopped us from getting to the moon right?...So I plunged ahead. The result: when I hit the power button I saw and smelled smoke then a spark or two flew out. I immediately killed the power and humbly took stock of the situation. The worst I figured is that I had lost a motherboard, but later I found out that the surge had affected the secondary IDE CDRW drive. (Was told by techs that the secondary is more vulnerable than the primary) and later my hard drive died sooner than it's lifespan was supposed to be. Lesson learned?..Nothing!..I'd try it again in a minute. The one downside though..cost!

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for the person whose e- machine cought on fire,
by jweideman3 / April 28, 2006 10:06 AM PDT
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talking salvage , might be smarter to just go and invest in a new computer computers are cheap
houses and personal effects are not every two years
"its time" theres always something better have some adventure your house will thank you for it .
not to mention you won't be on the local tv station
in your town as a news storie . and people who are enjoying their supper watching the storie and seeing
pictures of whats left of your home won't think your a ****. e-machine next time get a real computor .
maybe a packard bell 14.4 modem 333 wth a clamshell cd
rom with a dot matrix printer windows 3.1 - doubled as a good boat ancor.but a better ancor then a e-machine.
oh you pro's don't laugh least packerd bells didn't catch on fire back in the good old days when you payed AOL for every single min you were on the net and a worm was a worm boy we come a long way's or what "have a good day ". the guy with the e-machine
somewheres theres a point to pmade in this e-mail

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Conflagration
by Zouch / April 28, 2006 10:31 AM PDT
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Hi,

Try eMachines first, they might be generous.

If not, if the "fire" (I presume just smoke, not flames) was confined to the PSU, and it didn't spike the power, it's worth trying a replacement PSU, they are cheap enough. The PSU fan should have blown smoke out of the case, not into it,while it was still spinning. Vaccuum out the machine before you power it on and check that nothing fell on to the motherboard and got stuck.

If the machine is really dead, the hard drive should be salvageable to get the data off it and providing the smoke didn't contaminate the inside of the case, most of the other bits may be usable. Might be a slow process identifying what caused the machine to die, though.

If there is black soot on the components, don't even think about it, it's scrap. A specialist repair shop might have the cleaning baths but it will cost more than a new machine.

Good luck.

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Recovery of data
by phrubin / April 29, 2006 11:46 AM PDT
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If the hard drive is fried, there is a good chance that a professional data recovery house can still get a lot of data off it.

The one time I did (it had screwed up my backup CD as well) it cost me $600.

Best of luck,
Paul

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