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Danielle Oct 11, 2004, 12:40pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello,
I noticed that when I turn on my pc there is a noticebly loud noise when it's booting up. After posting and all programs are loaded the noise tapers off. This has been going on about a week or so. Today it smells like something is burning inside. I'm sure the system is overheating but I don't know what the next step should be. The computer now runs for about 15 min then the dredded blue screen and I shut it down. Is the cpu overheating? What steps do I take to fix this? There is a fan on the side panel blowing out, one fan on back blowing air in...

Ecs ks5a pro motherboard
xp2100 cpu
Samsung 160g hdd
Maxtor 30g hdd
392 sdram
400 psu


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Richard Oct 11, 2004, 12:44pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Something's Burning
The best confic for those fans is two have the one on the side blowing air in, and the one at the back sucking air out. This gives the CPU fan a supply of cool air from the side pannel and allows the fan on the back to suck the hot air away.

When was the last time you cleaned the inside of your computer? A build of dust can make the fans sound louder, as well as stoping them working to there full potential.


Chris McNally Oct 11, 2004, 12:48pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Something's Burning
Hi Danielle. Welcome to HWA.

I would imagine it's your PSU which is failing. It's probably not a good idea to cary on using your system until it's replaced-if the PSU fails completely it may decide to take the rest of your system with it.

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Chris McNally

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Danielle Oct 11, 2004, 12:53pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Something's Burning
Hello,
I clean the inside of the pc regularly. I'll go pick up a new psu. Also, how do you determine the fan blowing in or out? I thought they just do what they do? lol.
Thanks...

bossa ritchie Oct 11, 2004, 01:00pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Something's Burning
Hold a note up to it you will then see which way is which.

Danielle Oct 11, 2004, 01:08pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Something's Burning
I realize when the fan is blowing out or in. I am asking how do you determine how the fan sits to blow the air in or out?
Thanks.

wlk Oct 11, 2004, 01:10pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Something's Burning
see which side blows air out then place it that side down over ure cpu for example. I got 2 cpu fans sorta "stacked" on top of each other over my cpu to keep it 35 degrees when overclocked!

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+
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1 x 500Gb Seagate 32mb cache
2 x 200Gb Maxtor HDD's
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Chris McNally Oct 11, 2004, 01:11pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Something's Burning
They generally have an arrow on them indicating direction of airflow.

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Chris McNally

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Danielle Oct 11, 2004, 01:13pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Something's Burning
Thanks for that info. Hey Chris do you think it's the powet supply?

Chris McNally Oct 11, 2004, 01:39pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I think it's more likely to be the power supply ;)

I think if the CPU, video card etc were frying, the pc would not continue to work normally. My money's on the PSU

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Danielle Oct 11, 2004, 01:54pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Something's Burning
Hi again
For the sake of argument... Are we sure it's not the cpu or that area? I hope not cause I ain't looking to try that tinkering yet. Also, how much do psu run these days? Thanks a bunch.

Danielle Oct 11, 2004, 01:57pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Chris,
Sorry about that last post. You said if it were the cpu it the pc wouldn't run properly.
Thanks

Jay J Oct 11, 2004, 02:04pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Oct 11, 2004, 02:08pm EDT

 
>> Re: Something's Burning
Edit... wrong post i was replyin too but psu's are fairly cheap .. would defenatly get another 400watt like you have but something like enermax or thermaltake or hell even ultra. but probably around 40.00-75.00 Plus its not like you need alot of power.. doesnt sound like your running 10 or more fans and lighting and 4 or more harddrives ... so just look for one

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Predator Oct 11, 2004, 10:32pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I also concur with the fact that your PSU is burnng.

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Michael A. Oct 12, 2004, 01:22am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Oct 12, 2004, 02:07pm EDT

 
>> Re: Something's Burning
Sorry about the confusion earlier, Danielle. From now on - please post only one thread for each issue as it causes less problems and headaches for everyone. I locked your old thread and have set it to forward here. Best of luck on solving your computer issue.

Update: Danielle wrote me a private message and let me know that she fixed her problem with a power supply replacment.

Michael A.
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Chris McNally Oct 12, 2004, 04:50pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Splendid. I'd have felt bad if she'd splashed out on a PSU and it had been something else!

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Chris McNally

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Predator Oct 12, 2004, 06:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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LOL

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Danielle Oct 12, 2004, 06:37pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Something's Burning
Hi Chris, Michael,
Again the lady here would like to say "thank you so much" for your expertise. All is well with the pc. I bought a new 400w psu and put it in last night. Whew... Glad that's over with.
Take care till the lady is in distress again!
Danielle

Chris McNally Oct 12, 2004, 08:18pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Always a pleasure. Thanks for taking the time to say thanks! Not everyone bothers to do that.

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Chris McNally

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Danielle Oct 12, 2004, 08:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Something's Burning ( Part 2)
Hello Again,
Well.... I came home today and ran the pc for about 1.5 hrs and the blue screen came on and I shut it down again. I did reboot to see if I could get the temp readings from the BIOS = System temp 34c, CPU temp 124c. And it's still smelling like something's burning. Literally !!! Please Help....
Thanks, Danielle

Kash Oct 12, 2004, 08:43pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Something's Burning
HOLYs**tOOBA! That's some hardcore CPU temps!

When you get a chance, pop open the side of your case and turn your computer on... look for the CPU fan to spin. If it's not, check to see you plugged it in. When you did the PSU swap, you might have neglected to plug in the CPU fan... I've done it before. Trust me, it happens... I had MBM5 reading my CPU at about 80*C after playing CS one time... it sucked... and that was with the door open to the outside of computer store, during 35*F weather.... Almost fried m'damn CPU!

Sincerely,
Lord Coldfire

Sincerely,
Kash

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