Help! My tower is burning!

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inkie

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well- at least i think it is. lately there has been a wierd burning smell coming from my tower. i've been shutting it down when i smell it, but i was wondering if anyone had any idea what it is and what i can do about it. i think the fan may be broken. is this the beginning of the end for my little puter?
 

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Turn it off, unplug it, and do not turn it on again. Take it to a technician to see if it can be repaired. If you keep using it, you could easily start a fire.
 
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Turn it off and open the case. Burnt electronic components are easy to track down so follow your nose and isolate the source of the smell. I would take all the components out and give em a sniff one at a time. No way to tell u what it is from this end unless they invent Smell-o-NetMeeting or something similar.
 
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Check your motherboard isn't earthing on the case, put a plasitc bag between the two if it is (it does work!)
 

inkie

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thanks for your suggestions! i think i fixed it. i basically took it apart and cleaned all the crap out of it (quite an adventure for a novice- who knew there was so many wires in there? :) ). basically what had happened was it got clogged and the fan wasn't running. it's running ok now and only smells a teeny bit (residual odor). so i guess it'll be ok- keep your fingers crossed.
 
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Good job!

Side note: If you were smelling something burning before, it's possible something may be damaged or going to die so just be prepared...
 
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