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fried motherboard?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by joevi, May 26, 2012.

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  1. joevi

    joevi Thread Starter

    May 26, 2012
    Today after starting my pc I left the room, I came back and it had turned off on its own. I started it again and there was a burning plastic smell, I then opened the case and noticed a spark on the motherboard; I shut down the pc and waited for the smell to dissipate. I tried starting the pc again and it would seem like normal but there would be no image on the screen.
    Tried changing the video card, plugged everything off and tried again but it was the same. The LED's on the motherboard were all on and it powerd the fans and etc just like normal. I took the pc to bestbuy and all they could tell me was that the power supply, the ram and the video card were all ok, so it was most likely just the mobo.
    I also took out the ram and the video card and tried again but heard nothing but the fan noise (I read somewhere that there should be a beep if the bios is ok)
    I identified that what burned on the board was a small black rectangle to the right of a capacitator just above the jusb1 section, part of it turned white because of the burn.
    Taking all that into consideration should I assume the board is dead and buy a new one? or can the LED's indicate the opposite?

    Thanks for your time.

    OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
    Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 950 Processor (4x 3.06GHz/8MB L3 Cache)
    RAM: 6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1600
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 - 1GB - SLI Mode
    Hard Drives: 500 GB HARD DRIVE -- 16M Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.0Gb/s - Single Drive
    Motherboard: [SLI] MSI X58 PRO-E
  2. BPCS


    May 26, 2012
    First I wouldn't go to best buy for computer diagnosis but thats another thread in and of itself. Anyhow if the boards burnt its a good bet it's dead, but there's still a little you can try. Try reseating your RAM and video card before replacing the board.
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