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The smell of burning electronics…

When one of our computers fail I am always the lucky one who needs to investigate the problem. This time too… First thing I did was opening up the case.

20050119-chipThis is when I noticed that after turning on the computer the cpu fan would not even run. I immediately suspected the power supply. Unfortunately I was right, the power supply did not work anymore. When I replaced it with a spare I had lying around and turned the computer back on, I started to smell a very distinct odour. Burning electronics… Crap!

One completely burnt chip on a Seagate Barracuda II hard drive resulted in two failed power supplies, one broken mainboard, one broken CD-ROM drive, one broken ZIP drive and some lost data. It took me a complete day to rebuild a new computer from scratch and another day to install all the software again. It will probably take another to rebuild the lost data. Sigh…

3 Responses to “The smell of burning electronics…”

  1. admun wrote on February 3rd, 2005 at 5:51 am

    I still remembered when I was young, my dad has a OSI (http://www.trailingedge.com…) After we get our Apples II, once he tried to clean it up and put it back into service…. when he power up the machine, I saw a thin line of smoke raise from one of the chips….. it fried and burned.

    That’s end of the life of this OSI.

  2. taro yamada wrote on July 31st, 2005 at 9:55 am

    I bought the eMachine,and useing for about two months.
    I smell bad.
    What is the couse of this smell?
    I opened the cover of the pc.
    but I could not find anything bad.

  3. harry potter wrote on October 13th, 2005 at 11:40 pm

    i turned on the computer and smelled a burning
    smell, i opened up the cpu and it was melting
    and it smelled soooo bad