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Problems with Custom rig

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Hundey, Sep 17, 2003.

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  1. Hundey

    Hundey Thread Starter

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    I recently built my first computer and I've been having problem after problem. I've had to replace my motherboard, video card, and HD. My current problem seems to be pretty serious:

    A couple weeks ago I was playing Galaxies when the computer turned off and wouldn't come back on, I smelled burning plastic. I replaced the power supply but nothing happened. Whenever I pressed the power button all the fans would spin once, and then nothing. I attached a different HD to the computer and it worked, at least partially (it booted up but the drivers and windows version were too out of date). I then pulled the original HD out and replaced it. After putting the new HD in I tryed to turn it on and the same thing happened, fans spun once and I smelled burning plastic. Any idea on what I can do? At this point I would like the get a refund for teh whole damn thing, but I've had it too long.

    here are my basic specs:

    Mobo: Gigabyte 7vaxp ultra
    CPU: AMD XP 2100+
    HD: Western Digital ATA 100 80 GB
    512 MB DDR-RAM
     
  2. BTS '76

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    burning smell is never good. what wattage was/is your power supply.
     
  3. Hundey

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  4. McTimson

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    Check the case, make sure that nothing is touching the case, like the little pins on the motherboard, and try a different power supply if you can.

    Try taking everything out of the case, and running it that way, with nothing inside the case.
     
  5. KeithKman

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    umm, this might be simple...but on the power supply did you select 120 and not 200 something?
     
  6. suesman

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    So if you put in a "different" HD & it actually booted, but then wouldn't again when you put the original back. I would really have to think the HD is gone.

    Does the HD smell somewhat like the burning smell?
     
  7. Hundey

    Hundey Thread Starter

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    The HD does smell like smoke. After posting my original messege I tried to hook up an old HD again, but this time nothing happened. I'm not sure that the HD is causing the problem considering the one I put in was brand new, and the same thing happened to it.
     
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