Richard Fillion [email@example.com] wrote: > My computer crashed out of the blue last night, it was the first time > ever that it crashed where i didnt know what caused the crash. When i > rebooted it, "the smell" engulfed the room. You know, that horrid > "burning circuits" smell. So i put it off, and opened the box. I > looked all over for what had fried, took all the pci cards out, nothing > smelt burnt. So i put it all back in, and put it back on, hoping that > whatever broke would break some more so that i'd see what went wrong. > But instead all went fine, and it booted into debian. So i shut it off, > closed up the case, and put it back on. No more problems. > > I wake up this morning, move the mouse to wake up the box, nothing. Hit > the keyboard, nothing, try pinging from roommate's computer, nothing. > So i power it off, and power it on, all sounds well, but monitor doesnt > turn on. So i open up the case, and look around. I touch the heatsink, > its cold. It shouldnt be burning hot, but it shoiuldnt be COLD. > Nothing smells burnt, it sounds right, the harddrives spin up, but i get > no output. The heatsink doesnt even get warm. Just confirmed, power > gets to the PS/2 ports, cause the optical mouse's light goes on. I dont > have a null modem cable here to be able to telnet in, is there any more > than what i've done thta i can do? I recently had an alpha die in a similar manner. Turns out it has 6 lines in the power connector that supply some voltage (+12V maybe?) simply because it draws so much current that it needs all 6 lines. Well one of the wiggled a little loose, and the other 5 got so hot they melted the connector and burned the motherboard. Wasn't too hard to fix -- scrape off the carbon scoring and re-seat the connector. Anyway, check your power connector. 0V to the processor will make it cold. :) Cheers, Bob McElrath [Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Physics] We're sorry, your freedoms, generosity, and sense of community aid and abet terrorism. We shall have to take those away. Support America's fight for freedom and democracy! Vote the Republicrat ticket!
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