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Chris Bent Feb 28, 2005, 05:25pm EST Report Abuse

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Chris Bent Feb 28, 2005, 06:39pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Smelly Cpu/mobo!!??

jake Feb 28, 2005, 07:40pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Smelly Cpu/mobo!!??
if your getting a buring smell from the psu it'll need replacing before something shorts out completly. its its new just send it back.

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Harris Walktin Feb 28, 2005, 07:45pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Smelly Cpu/mobo!!??
I belive its one thing, and thats your CPU. Ofcoarse without and eye inspection, I cant give you an exact diagnosis. If I were you Id remove the HS of your CPU and look for noticible burn markings. Possibilites are: Old thermal padding thats become less dense. or CPU failure.
Knowing that A XP's went backorder last year, its safe to say your CPU is probably atleast 2 years old right?

If the cpu is the problem, than your stuck because its harder to get XP's these days, especially from retail stores. and backorders can et really expensive sometimes if possible.

If your Mobo isnt shot (possiblity is medium) then you can buy an AMD Semperon of equal power for rather cheap.

Another thing can be the capacitators on your Mobo. Depending on what type of mobo it is, you might be a victim of faulty stolen capacitoator design.
Im no longer sure which mobo company was at fault, but a quicjk google will help.

To see if its the capacitators, you should look at them near the bottom, look for leakage, if they are possibly at a slant.

- Harris W. -AMD Employee
AMD cannot be held responsible for any damage done to your PC by my advice. My advice is valid.
Chris Bent Mar 02, 2005, 02:14pm EST Report Abuse
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Thabks for your promt clear answers jake/harris.
Unfortunatly it seems your both right, the CPU...sigh.

P.S. Sorry for the lateness of my reply, adventures in windows xp held me up.

Max Steiner Mar 02, 2005, 02:39pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Smelly Cpu/mobo!!??
I'm not saying that the other guys are blatantly wrong, I'm just introducing other possibilities. Besides that, I'm one who rarely (used to be never, until my AthlonXP 2700+ fiasco, see other forum post) gives up on an Athlon as being DOA.

Have you really scrutinized the CPU - Heatsink contact? Use rubbing alcohol and completely clean off the under-surface of the heatsink and do the same to the upper surface ("dome") of the CPU. Especially the CPU... some heat transfer pastes have silver in them (hence, "Arctic Silver"), and if that makes contact with the little diodes on the upper surface of the CPU, you can loop/ground/short the CPU. Apply new heat transfer compound to the underside of the heatsink in a very frugal amount... you can always apply more/better later.

Otherwise, if you need to go looking for another AMD AthlonXP 2200+, I've got a good starting point... this is one of my suppliers, based in Chicago, and shipping is quite quick.
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Additional Note (for Harris as well): The "stolen capacitors" in question affected Abit motherboards. Abit is offering a full replacement on affected motherboards.

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Jarret M. Mar 02, 2005, 03:15pm EST Report Abuse
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Just in case anyone else is looking at this thread with a similar problem, I once hooked up the power switch to a motherboard to the wrong pins.. (this was quite a long time ago, P 200 days) and when I pushed power a resistor fried. Same smell and effect, every time you push power more burnt electonic smell.. Good thing it didn't effect the mobo, just whatever was tied to those pins prolly didn't work..



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