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Power supply or graphics card?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by brightmal, Feb 10, 2009.

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  1. brightmal

    brightmal Thread Starter

    Oct 7, 2008
    A few days ago my PC shut-down, as did one of the fuses for the house. This was accompanied by a nasty burning, ozone smell. I reset the fuse, plugged in the pc, and the tower wouldn't light up. The monitor and speakers, on the same cord board, powered up, but not the tower.
    I cleaned out all the dust I could find, and tried again, but no luck. I couldn't find any burn marks, but I figured it must be the PSU. So I ordered a Sonata 3 complete with an earthpower 500 watt PSU.
    My new stuff arrived today, and I began pulling out my mobo to put it into the new tower, when I found a loose component rolling around in the old tower. To my ignorant eyes it looks like a tiny capacitor and it has written on the top:
    There are three more of these on my Asus 7900GT, so I figure that must be where it came from, but this leaves me with two questions.
    1/ Would this missing component cause the whole PC to not start up? Have I found the cause of the problem and can I assume the old PSU is still ?
    2/ Can this component be soldered back on, or I do I need a new graphics card?
  2. BG-0


    Dec 31, 1969
    You have nothing to lose trying to solder the capacitor back, if you can find the spot it was in previously, do you? I would assume the fix is not going to work, but it's worth a shot, I would try doing it.
    The old PSU is most probably a goner. The loose capacitor would cause no video output, but wouldn't prevent the system from booting.
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