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My computer is fried! What happened? Please help!

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  1. Ardfoe8

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    Here's what happened:

    Yesterday evening, I turn on my computer and smell a vague odor of burning...my friend notices it as well. I probably should have realized something was wrong, but I didn't pay much attention to it and I began to play a computer game that I have. About an forty minutes later, my computer screen all of a sudden is covered with colored squares (I think) and colored lines....across the whole screen. I manually shut down my computer, and then turn it back on again. Three minutes later, my computer screen goes crazy again and I see black and white thick lines across my whole screen (I think). I shut my computer down manually again, and when I try to turn it back on, my computer screen shows nothing...in fact, my computer monitor turns off (goes into idle mode...it's what it does when I turn the monitor on but I the actual computer is not turned on.) However, my computer is clearly on - the power light is green. Also, strangely, the light that flickers when my computer is doing a lot of stuff (I'm pretty sure it flickers when the computer has to access the hard drive because of insufficient ram for the job it may be doing), is totally green and not even flickering, it's just staying green. That tells me that it might be the ram that's problem, but I honestly have no idea.

    Can anyone walk me through and tell me how I can find the problem! I did a really quick search of the insides of my computer to see if any wires seemed fried, but I really don't know what I'm looking for.

    Help!
     
  2. rosh325

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    hi...do you know where the burning smell was coming from? could have been a CRT blowing in your monitor. Do you have another monitor y ou can try the computer on? Open your computer..is the processor fan spinning?
     
  3. Kevbum522

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    Yeah, that definetely sounds like a cathode ray tube burning out in your monitor, we've had monitors in the store like that that have had the black lines and such. Try hooking up a used one see if that works for you:p
     
  4. Triple6

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    If the LEDS on the computer are acting different I would suspect something in the computer such as a fan that failed or a powersupply that failed. If the smell is coming from the powersupply that at least that is toast - maybe more. You can try looking at the motherboard for burns. You can also look at the capacitors on the mobo - if the tops are blown off or even bubbled up then you need a new mobo too(at least).
     
  5. Ardfoe8

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    I tried another monitor and it didn't work just like my normal one, so it's not the monitor...and i'm 99.9% sure its not the ram or the video card or anything because I double checked that they aren't loose and they aren't...

    Also, the motherboard looks fine.

    So it's probably the power supply, correct? Or could it be the harddrive? How the heck can I find out?
     
  6. Jedi_Master

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    Howdy there Ardfoe8...

    IMHO...

    Anytime I see this, associated with a burning smell, usually the video card is fried...

    Time for a replacement...

    If the card also has a fan, might want to see if it is working...
     
  7. kgjames2nd

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    I think it is your video card the power supply probably caused a short and fried your card or your card simply needs replacing but it is usually cause by some sort of powersurge i would hook up a voltage regulator and make sure your power supply is performing the way it is suppose to
     
  8. Ardfoe8

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    OK Thanks guys! It was the video card - my one year old Geforce 4 ti 4200. I'm now using my really old Geforce 2 MX, which is a peice of crap for games, but works just fine for internet browing and music and the like.

    Now, is their anyway that my Geforce 4 might be repaired? If it's going to cost money, don't mention it, because I'd rather buy a new card instead of spending money on it.
     
  9. kgjames2nd

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    u are better off buying a new one
     
  10. Jedi_Master

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    IMHO...

    You would be better off buying a new card...

    If it has a fan...maybe...( try replacing the fan )...if it has a heat sink forget it...

    Might also want to see if it is under warenty...
     
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