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
Samsung 160g hdd
Maxtor 30g hdd
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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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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....
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!