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Q: Smoking wires

title says it all. i was messing around with electric sheep the screen saver application and i had been hearing my second hdd shutting off and turning back on which used to happen to me like 8 months ago but I hadnt seen it since then. So the hard drive shut off and the front led's started to flicker and my temp gauge went blank. my current window said (not responding) and I started to smell the worst smell ever. burning electronics

I looked to the open side of my computer the left side and saw smoke barreling out so i immediately pulled the power cord out. after the smoke cleared I panic'd and when through everything i thought could be wrong.

I unplugged the hard drive and thought it might be that since I had trouble with it before. I unplugged the dvd drives just to be on the safe side and causiously turned it back on 5 hours later and again, it began to load windows xp but a few seconds later I smelt the smoke again and pulled it back out.

I did notice that one of the issues was the flickering led on the front of my computer so i opened the panel and examined the exposed cables on the front which were hot to the touch which isnt normal. upon taking the back panel of my case off I noticed the wire leading to the front led was all bubbly and fried. the cord had soldered itself to 3 other wires (one being the temp gauge).

so now I know the effect but where is the cause? is this a problem with my power supply or was it a faulty cord? i mean its worked ok for 2 years w/any problems. should I risk blowing up a hard drive or my mobo and use the same power supply or is it failing? I mean it still starts up and was still running when the cords were getting smoked.

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A: Smoking wires

It sounds like your power supply is faulty. Chances are really good with that much voltage/current going through the board, enough to melt a wire coming off the LED header, that your board is toast as well. You might get lucky, though. I've seen a power supply melt it's wires (well, they actually caught fire) and the motherboard survived.

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Following on from my post the other day RE:Wrong voltage on my PSU. i have replaced it and turned it on. the fan came on, but then What seemed like the RAM was Getting hot and smoking. i quicky turned all power off and put it(RAM) in another slot....There is no smoke but the system doesnt display anything on the screen..it beeps at me a lot. could that burning have fried my system?
i feel i have all the wires in the right place now so why doesnt it POST. i have tried 2 different VIDEO cards and two monitors, so it cant be a VIDEO problem...or can it?
 

A:Smoking...RAM

I would stop right there. Its likely a lot of the components got fried with teh powersupply - computer components that emit smoke are no longer good. Your mobo is likely fried, so is the RAM, possibly everything else. Take it to a professional to have the parts individually tested.
 

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Have just fitted 1gb ddr RAM from Crucial (PC2700) - cleaned out inside of PC, dismantled CPU fan and cleaned out (didn't touch CPU). Reassembled - PC fired up much quicker - Windows fully loaded and then started freezing - switched straight off just in case CPU wasn't rehoused (not a problem) - noticed smoke coming from back of PSU. Power going through but nothing happening - done this loads of times with other machines without any problem. Am I missing something or has PSU decided to play the coincidence card?
Immediately checked CPU/RAM for overheating - not an issue
 

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the dvd/cd burner that came with the machine and newer one started smoking.

A:dvd/cd burner smoking

@kngtech

 

I have brought your issue to the attention of an appropriate team within HP. They will likely request information from you in order to look up your case details or product serial number. Please look for a private message from an identified HP contact. Additionally, keep in mind not to publicly post personal information (serial numbers and case details).

If you are unfamiliar with how the Forum's private message capability works, you can learn about that here.
Thank you for visiting the HP Support Forum.

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I have this computer which at one point it was smoking. When I tried to start it, nothing would come on the monitor at all and it has fast steady beep coming out of the speaker on the box. It's kinda old computer. What could be the problem here. Does anyone have any ideas for me? Help!!!
 

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I saw a Z51 Lexmark printer that for some reason started
smoking at the color cartridge.Replaced with a new cartridge and moments later the cartrige was again making a frying noise, getting hot. Has anyone seen this before in
any inkjet for that matter? If so,whats the remedy?
 

A:Smoking Inkjet

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I don't know if this is the correct forum topic to be posting this in but 30 minutes ago I put an iPod USB dock into my laptop to see if it would charge my iPod using my laptop. 10 seconds into the process the horrible smell of electronic materials burning came flowing out of my laptop along with a steady stream of smoke. Now both USB ports are not recognizing anything and it's very frustrating.
 

A:My laptop is smoking out of USB

I do not know what else anyone can tell you; the usb ports have been subjected to an over current condition. Most likely you have fried the usb ports on the laptop.

I seriously doubt there is any troubleshooting you can do. If the system is still under warranty, return it and see what happens.
 

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Just want to make sure, if my external starts smoking and it doesn't boot up, is the issue the power cable? Or the hard drive itself? I operate on a Mac at the moment. I managed to find the specs online: http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1746
 

A:Smoking external

If you can disassemble it and the burning is in the interface panel or wiring of the enclosure, you might be able to get a Desktop adapter or another external case and use the drive.
 

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I just casually turned on my PC this early morning when the case just started smoking up like crazy like an incinerator during the BIOS. Luckily I was quick on the UPS and turned it off in a split second I hypothesized that it was the power supply but when I investigated it was actually the rear exhaust case fan because its wire was sticky and burned with the wires almost fully exposed. TO THINK IT WAS A NOCTUA FA... JUST JOKING LOOOL it was a No brand cheap case fan I got for like $2 No damage was made to the other parts luckily WEW but I think another few seconds and my rig would be on fire I never knew that that could happen to fans, I dont know also if it was gradual deterioration of the wire sleeve or abrupt. Lesson learned: Dont skimp on anything even fans! Anything like this happened to you guys?

A:Smoking case fan

Not yet (knock on wood).

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Does anyone have the Smoking Guns shooting gallery game????
There is a serious bug in the game and I would like to know if anyone
has had a problem with this game.
 

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I have a very bad problem with my laptop.
It is an Acer Aspire 5742G with Core i5 460M, GT 420M, 4GB DDR3 Ram, 500GB HDD. When I use my laptop (right now for example) it is okay. everything perfect. If I turn it like this
http://i28.tinypic.com/1581abt.jpg

A noisy crackling sound comes from the laptop, and it starts SMOKING! But the laptop does not restart!!! I need your help guys, the warranty is expired. Also I know I posted on the wrong section, but don't get me wrong, more people see this section.
I need your help, I don't know what to do
 

A:Smoking laptop!

Sounds like an over heated condition is starting to burn components.

1) STOP USING THE LAPTOP

2) take out the HD

and maybe you can get an enclosure for it and save the data.
 

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just got a new 500 gig sata hard drive, plugged it in, turned on the pc and smoke started coming out of the drive!!! ahahahahhhh

i unplugged it str8 away, and u can see slight blistering on the bottom where it must of got hot inside.

Any ideas as to why this happened.

It says about putting the jumpers on to limit it to 1.5G mode, but i didnt,
Could this have caused it>???

Do u reckon the drive is now buggered or should i try it with the jumpers on n see if it works???

Cheers Lee
 

A:smoking hard drive

Its dead. Jumpers don't matter. Either your PSU screwed up that rail, or the drive was faulty to begin with. Once you let the magic smoke out it never works again.
 

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hi

i recently put together a new system, i had a new 160 gig sata hard drive.

When i plugged the thing is i noted it was smoking, i unplugged it and its seems it burnt out,although i can see no damage on the controller circuit.

Now this hdd had belonged to a mate who bought it new 3 weeks ago, installed windows xp but then got a missing ntl.dl file error at boot up, the reason he replaced his old drive was the same problem and he was adverised the drive was knacked, hence buying th 160 one.he gave the drive to me to test and as i said it started smoking.

Now i also installed a ide hdd, which is about 2 years old via a normal molex connection, this also seems to have burnt out as i saw some from this too.

I installed another sata drive which works fine and an ide hdd which also works fine.

i have just bought a 400 gig hard to install but am weary to do it, my question is was this just a bad luck that both drive migth go (were they already damaged) or is there a problem with the psu, although the others work fine

thanks in advance
 

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Ok so Im typing this as quick as possible before my computer shuts off! I have a gateway lap top. The top of it is a bit loose but its usually fine, I just snap it in. Anyway, about a few months ago, the battery cord wasnt powering the computer so they sent me a new one. Ever since I got it ( a few months) it randomly starts to smell like somethings burning. And recently when it does this my computer starts to squeak kinda for lack of better wording. Anyhow, also, the plug is kinda loose when it goes into the computer.... A few days ago it started to really smell randomly so I took the cord out of the computer and it started sparking and the cord was REALLY HOT. It burnt me. Anyhow the computer then turned off. The next day I tried to charge it all day without the computer on. Then i turned it on, it was working fine then after an hour... low battery.. I plugged it back in and after 5 minutes it started to smell.. all the sudden smoke kept blowing out of the back and the cord was really hot again so I turned it off. When I turn it on for a second, it seems to blow a lot of hot air out of the back but the computer itself doesnt seem too hot or anything. What should I do ? Any Advice as to what it is?? Sorry I dont know much about computers! Any help is really appreciated!!
 

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Hi all.

About 18 months ago, while using my PC, everything on the screen suddenly seemed to freeze. Programs wouldn't close and the mouse pointer failed to respond.

I switched off and after about 30 seconds tried rebooting.

When I powered up, there was a 'fizzing' noise and a smell of burning. Everything was well and truly dead!

After much investigation and several posts on this website, I was unable to determine whether the problem was with the motherboard, processor, hard-drive, RAM, or PSU. So, I basically gave up. After all, I was fortunate enough to have another PC, so started to use this instead. All was well. Or so I thought!

A few weeks passed and my second PC suffered what seemed like a pretty identical problem. It froze whilst I was looking at ebay (that'll teach me!) and after reboot smelt of burning. As you can imagine, I was not best pleased.

Anyway, I bought a new PC, which, dare I say it, has worked very well to this day.
The two broken units have just sat and gathered dust, until recently, when I bought a new motherboard and processor from Misco, plus RAM, and power supply from ebuyer for both units.

I fitted all the new parts, only using the original hard drives, which I could not afford to replace. After all, surely it couldn't be the hard drives that were the cause of the original problems, I thought.

When I booted the first of the repaired PCs, the hard drive smoked. Whoops, I thought. Quick, turn it off!

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A:Smoking Hard Drive!

Get a good surge protector and/or a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply).
My UPS has surge protection as well.
 

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Ok,so i was using my pc this moring and i started to smell something funny. Few minutes later smoke started coming out of he fan at the back of the power supply.

In a panic i pulled the power cable out ad opened window. about20 min later i tried to start up my pc again. everything was booting fine and normally but smoke was still coming out of the fan at the back, what should i do? I dontwant to keep my pc on and see if the smoke stops cuz im pretty sure its poisenous or something.
 

A:Power supply smoking

I don't know if it's poisonous, but this is a bad sign.
If the smoke is coming from the Power Supply, you need a new one. Don't turn the PC on again until you've replaced it.
 

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My gateway m-6843 laptop was smoking. This happened when i plug the charger in it. It started sparking so i took the charger out. I pluged it back in the next day and it started smoking. Took the charger out and left it alone for a while. Turn it on and it said check cpu fan. I checked the fan and turned it back on. The laptop turned on then the battery went dead. Tryed charging it and it wont charge. Its not smoking anymore but it smells. Dont know what is wrong with it. PLEASE HELP!!!
 

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Hi, so I have an approximately 3-year-old laptop which has never had any problems before. I was using it earlier today when I turned it a certain way and suddenly it made a noise very similar to this:
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and it seriously looked like there was smoke coming out of the area between the screen and keyboard (fan? Sorry, I know nothing about computers). I freaked out and shut it down and left it for like two hours. Then I tried to clean the fan with a little vacuum thing as other forums recommended, opened it again and everything seemed fine for about five minutes, until that clicking noise and smoke started again! What do I do and how much will it cost to repair? This is the absolute worst time for my laptop to be having problems, please say it is an easy fix :S

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the charging port smokes whenever i plug in a charger, what could be wrong?

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This is a hardware question for anyone that can help me out. I have tried to upgrade the ram in a dell dimension 5150, after seating the additional ram one of the existing slots containing ram started smoking with an obvious plastic burning smell. I have removed all ram and the burning is still occurring when powering on accompanied by a loud beeping noise. It's clear that one of the slots is melting. Need to know what my options are now. New board, or can this be rectified. Obviously the slot is now damaged and can't be used but there are three remaining. Never experienced this and unsure what has caused it to happen ? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Memory slot smoking

Please place your system specs, that way we could help you easier.:
System Info - See Your System Specs

The beeping noise, is it a one long beep? Or is it accompanied by another long or short beep?

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I recently purchased and installed the online game Planetside. Its not very demanding as far as system specs go, so i figured id be fine.

opening the game promts it to shut itself down immediatly and tell me:
"your machine is set to allow processor speed changing in its Power scheme. Please go into your control Panel Power Management and set it to stay 'always on' Planetside will now exit."


as it happens, my motherboard DOES support dynamic overclocking, but i have it disabled. the setting its refering to in the control panel is non exsistant as far as i can tell
if anyone can shed some light on this, id be very appreciative

thanks

A:dynamic overclocking? what is this program smoking

How about "Sytem standby" - do you have that set to "never" ?

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I just finished a 5-6 hour Halo 3 session, 10-15 minutes ago I could smell melting plastic, my PC is next to me so I checked it out and no problems. My only options where really my TV or my 360, so I went sniffing around the TV; no smell, so then it must be coming from the console. I quickly unplugged the console and checked underneath it and no problems, but then I could see a wisp of smoke coming from the DVD-drive, so then I plugged the console back in and quickly ejected the DVD-drive then removed the disk. The disk had brown burn-marks on it so then I definately knew it had something to do with the drive.

Any Ideas?
 

A:Halo 3 Smoking Disk Problem

... don't play for 6 hours?

I assume the console was still on after you finished?
 

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For 3 months Ive been trying to build this computer. Yes, 3 months. Had 3 motherboard failures, hard drive failure and somehow a screw made its way on top of the video card and when I hit the power button the screw shot up like a bullet and the card and mobo are history. So I just got the new card and mobo put in, tripple checked everything and I press the power button and nothing happens except for smoke pouring out of at the hard drive power connector. I know the drive was good because I used it for a while before the last mobo failed, and according to my power supply tester, its good. Can hard drives do this on their own? Ive built 20 computers and this is the first time Ive had any trouble.
Foregot the specs, Raidmax case and PS, ECS mobo, WD hard drive, new Apollo FX5200, 256 mb Apacer DDR, Apollo 6 channel sound card, 52x DVD/CDRW combo, 52x CDROM, XP 2100.
 

A:Hard drive smoking....literally.

Oh my, you mean actual smoke came from the Hard Drive, never heard of this....
 

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hello
I was playing games on my pc when the screen cut off and said something along the lines of 'video signal, no input', before going blank. The sound was still on but was just making a flickering, beeping noise. The computer turned back on afta a couple of tries, but then would crash again next time i played a game. This continued until next day when it just stopped turning on. I left it for a while, and when i tried again there was a 'pfft' noise, followed by smoke and a smell liek tcp :S.
Unsuprisingly my computer will no longer turn on, although when i press the power it will flash as if on standby. My friend says it soudns like the power supply has blew. Can anyone confirm this, or any other ideas?
 

A:Crashing, then smoking and now wont turn on

Yes!

Mike
 

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today my dell inspiron 15 (N5030) began smoking from the exhaust vent on my laptop. It smells of burnt electrical wire. Any help on this topic?

A:Inspiron laptop 15 N503 smoking

Assuming the system still operates, you should cease using it until the problem is fixed, as it is a potential safety hazard.  Most likely the fix is to replace the system board.

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ok having a problem with my computer..

its only like 3 years old i think

ok so i turned my computer on one morning, and left to eat breakfest, took like 5minutes then i went back to my computer and it was shut off. so i tried turning it back on but it wouldn't turn on. i opened the side, took bit of dust off of fan... not taht it did anything, i hit the power switch, the fans starting spinning, then suddenly STOPPED and this grey box with outlets in them a fan and some other wires started to smoke... and now my comp won't turn on! can someone possibly tell me what i have to do??

P.S im not very good with computers or the language / short forms, can you be specific please

o and my comp has

pentium / 3.1GHz
1.24GB ram
80GB hard drive
all i know
 

A:Computer started smoking, now won`t turn on.

grey box with outlets in them a fan and some other wires started to smoke...Click to expand...

Sounds like a toasted power supply. Hopefully thats the only thing that fried and it'll be the only thing you have to replace.
 

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I have a 3 year old compaq presario CQ60-417DX. The laptop was in sleep mode (or whatever it's called when the power is on but the lid is closed), and had been on for about an hour when I opened the lid. The screen automatically turns on when you open the lid, and it did that, but when it did so there was a lot of digital interference. That is, the screen was all scrambled and the pattern changing rapidly. Then the scrambling disappeared briefly and the logon screen appeared, but then it became scrambled again. I quickly closed the lid and that's when I saw some whisps of smoke coming out the back vent. It returned to sleep mode but I wanted to turn it off, so as fast as possible I opened the lid and held the power button several seconds until it shut off. I can smell that something burned but only when I hold my nose to the vent. I want to make clear that only a few months ago I used an air can to spray out the dust and there was no overheating problem.

What could it be that burned and that would cause interference with the monitor? I really do not want to have to send the laptop somewhere to be fixed. If I could just access the hard drive somehow I can transfer all I need to another disk and get a new laptop. The operating system appeared to be fine. If I turn the computer back on but hook up an external monitor am I risking damaging the hard drive?
 

A:compaq presario laptop smoking!

take the hard drive out before you try to power on

first open it up and see if you can see what shorted out,you should see something showing signs of burning discoloration

providing it was not the hard drive you can get the stuff off later,by slaving it or using an external connector
 

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Yesterday my 500w powersupply started smoking up so I went out and bought a Thermaltake Lightpower 700w powersupply. After I finished rewiring my computer I noticed my graphics card wasn't working on my computer so I changed my input from HDMI to VGA to use the integrated graphics card.

I'm not sure what caused the original 500w powersupply to smoke up and why my graphics card doesn't work anymore. I'm unsure whether the graphics card isn't working because i've made a mistake in wiring the connection from my PSU to motherboard or if the PSU killed it.

Yesterday I also received a USB Wireless Receiver for Xbox which I plugged in the top USB slots I never use, could this be a reason for the PSU faulting? Sometimes when I plug in a USB device the metal surrounding the slots spark up a little which is why I mentioned the USB wireless receiver.

Below are the specifications of my system:

AMD Phenom X4 955 Black Edition 3.2ghz
Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H
Kingston 2x4GB Ram 1333mhz
(New PSU) Thermaltake Lightpower 700w - (Old PSU) 500w
Sapphire Radeon HD6850 1GB GDDR5 Firmware flashed to HD6870

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A:PSU Smoking and Graphics card not working

It is entirely possible that when the PSU died it took the video card with it. Have another computer you can test the card in?

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Yesterday my 500w powersupply started smoking up so I went out and bought a Thermaltake Lightpower 700w powersupply. After I finished rewiring my computer I noticed my graphics card wasn't working on my computer so I changed my input from HDMI to VGA to use the integrated graphics card.

I'm not sure what caused the original 500w powersupply to smoke up and why my graphics card doesn't work anymore. I'm unsure whether the graphics card isn't working because i've made a mistake in wiring the connection from my PSU to motherboard or if the PSU killed it.

Yesterday I also received a USB Wireless Receiver for Xbox which I plugged in the top USB slots I never use, could this be a reason for the PSU faulting? Sometimes when I plug in a USB device the metal surrounding the slots spark up a little which is why I mentioned the USB wireless receiver.

Below are the specifications of my system:

AMD Phenom X4 955 Black Edition 3.2ghz
Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H
Kingston 2x4GB Ram 1333mhz
(New PSU) Thermaltake Lightpower 700w - (Old PSU) 500w
Sapphire Radeon HD6850 1GB GDDR5 Firmware flashed to HD6870

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A:PSU Smoking and Graphics card not working now

Anytime you see sparks it should send up a big red flag of warning: there is something seriously wrong. Shut down the computer.

In your case it sounds like there is a short circuit that is energizing the case. It could also be that your input/output shield is incorrectly attached or missing. In any case it is not recommended to keep using the PC like that. I'm surprised the sparking at the USB port has not already taken out your southbridge controller too.

Can you disassemble and reassemble a PC? (Have you done this before?)
If in doubt please take it to a shop to have it checked out.

A short circuit could be responsible for taking out the power supply, and a failing power supply can take out any and all components connected to it. So all your questions are possible.

Get this taken care of right away.

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Sorry, didn't really know where this issue belongs.

Ok, so I may not be a computer genius or guru but I have been around them for over 20 yrs now and I pretty much know my way around them... I have built quiet a few of them from scratch as well.

Being said that, I have never seen or witnessed this before... it happened to my kids computer so this is hearsay.

One of my kids says he was on skype and playing an online game when the computer made a weird clicking noise and restarted on its own, when it got to the XP login, it made the noise and restarted again, all of a sudden he just saw smoke coming out of the PSU and he panicked (of course), yell at me and I immediately told him to unplug it.

I am going to take it to the office on Monday, clean it up and check for more clues but I was wondering if someone has experienced this before and has some hints as to what to do, expect or check further... this is definitely not how I wanted to start the New Year but it now gives me something to do I guess

PC is a few years old, perhaps even 10 yrs old but it was a very good built and my kids use it for homework and online playing. IIRC, it has Windows XP, 2GBs of Ram, OCZ 600w PSU, 9500GT

A:Computer fried?, Multiple restarts, smoking PSU... WTH????

Ouch-bad luck mate

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I just finished my first build. Decided to go with SATA HD and DVD drive. Installed Soltek MB which supports SATA and IDE. Turned computer on for first time and hard drive pops and begins smoking with a strong BURNT RUBBER smell (like its a short). I have no idea why! Especially since my DVD drive doesn't start smoking. I'm using one power connector split off into two to support two devices (the HD and the DVD drive). I sent HD back and received a new one (thanks newegg). This time I used a DIFFERENT sata connector for power and it happens AGAIN! Now I'm afriad newegg wont return it but I'll try anyways. BTW... I connected my (old) IDE drives to the same power plug and no problems. I am using a 500w PSU... So:

It's not the hard drive's fault (because I got a new one with the same result)

It doesn't sound like the PSU's fault (because my other drives work fine)

It doesn't sound like I'm overloading the curicut, if thats possible (because I'm only connected a MB, DVD drive, and HD to the PSU)

Could this be a faulty MB? Has anyone else had this experience? I'm thinking about just staying with IDE even tho I paid good $ for an SATA MB

Any help, thoughts, comments, or laughs would all be appreciated!
 

A:Hard drive SMOKING when I turn computer on!!

May I suggest you remove that 2-Way adapter you said you are using?
 

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Hi there

I can't get Broken Sword 2 The Smoking Mirror to install at all. I just keep getting this message :::

Could Not find cluster in either D:\ or E:\

I have the correct disk in the drive. Also the game is NOT a pirate. It's a Sold Out range game I have.

Thanks for any help here

Meg, Scotland, UK
 

A:Broken Sword....The Smoking Mirror.....Can't install

try putting the disc in your FIRST drive, for example if you've got two CD-drives, D and E, use drive D,
 

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my latop charger started smoking while it was plugged in. I don't know what happened. But now it is not charging. I have plugged it in but not charging. Really worried. need urgent help
 

A:My laptop charger started smoking while it was plugged in

If it started smoking, why on earth do you think it would be safe to plug in afterward? Throw the charger away immediately and then purchase a new one.
 

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I've seen a number of posts regarding smoke coming from laptop - none quite the same as mine.  Plugged laptop in to charge and smoke came out where chord connects.   Currently can't turn the machine on because the battery is not charged, so don't know the extent of damage to the computer . Very unfortunate timing - one year and 1 month from date of purchase.  Any suggestions?

A:15-ac121dx smoking where power chord connects

Needs to be taken to a competent technician. There is a short in the motherboard or the charger and one or the other or both is going to have to be replaced. Possible even likely the smoke (actually the short that caused the smoke) caused massive internal trauma to the laptop. 

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Dear All,

Can anyone confirm that they can see the smoking aero effect while burning disc with Infrarecorder in Windows 7?
Though i have that smoking aero option checked in my Infrarecorder config & my machine supports Aero, some how i do not see that smoke effect while using infrarecorder. Any one witnessed it in windows 7?

Thanks in advance,
Troy.

A:Need info..Smoking aero in Infrarecorder in Windows 7

The smoking effect was working on Vista, but not on Windows 7. At least not on the current version 0.50 of infrarecorder. I hope it will be fixed soon, because I love that effect

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I found a couple threads where a moderator PM'd the original poster on this topic.  I've had pretty much every one of our 8000 models do this and I was wondering if HP has an extended warranty or replacement program for these occurences. This describes my exact scenario - http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/8000-CMT-CD-Rom-drive-and-power-...

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Had a sudden issue with hotmail/outlook, (hotmail user since long before msoft owned it, so it's always been hotmail to me) But ran into an issue hwile trying to respond to a question, rebooted and loaded a screen that I could swap to in an instant that would be very nice and make a lot of sense.

I mean it looked good, was very easy to understand and made an f'n hell of a lot of sense. Microsoft please keep that interface, it's as clear as slap in the face

A:holy smoking puppy poop new interface for hotmail.

I am a function before beauty type, but I'm afraid to shut down my email page....

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forgive my newbieness, but I'm in need of a bit of assistance.

my 450w power supply had taken up buzzing sporadically when I was running high end games (ie, World of Warcraft, etc), and then started buzzing even when I was only running the OS and surfing the web. I removed a few of my components, with the sound remaining decided it wasn't a heat issue, but the power supply was most likely going out. Without wanting anything fried, I went out and purchased a 600w power supply. I swapped it out and plugged everything back in. It booted just fine, just had an issue with the case fan not starting up (that was my bad, didn't have it plugged into the PSU). It turned off after POSTing. The second time I booted it, smoke actually rose from the harddrive, and I got the burnt rubber smell. Is there such a thing as too much power? Everything else appears to be ok - just looking for some input before I trek to take this psu back. Thanks! Oh - here's my specs -

Mobo : Foxconn/ECS with an AMD Athlon 64 3000+, 1GB mem (non overclocked), wireless network card, GeForce 6800, TV Tuner Card
 

A:Hard Drive takes up smoking... input requested

A psu will only give the system what it needs upto its maximum capacity, so, no, it's not down to too much power!!!!

It's far more likely that the hard drive was already on its way out!!!!

Unless, was it a hard drive that had both sata power and normal molex power connectors on it? If so, fitting both could have caused that, you are supposed to use one or the other only!!!!
 

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I have 2 sets of wires on the first set there is a wire with the name gnd1 and connected to this set is vcc1 data- and data +, on the 2nd set is the same thing just gnd is gnd2 and vcc1 is vcc2 i know where they are suppose to go but i dont know exactly how to put them in...my mobo is an ASUS A8N-VM CSM and the case is a Rosewill R-5059.
 

A:USB Wires

nvm got it i think
 

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I have two laptops, both are Dell. One is a older Inspiron, and the other is an XPS. I have dialup internet, and the Inspiron has a dialup modem, and the XPS doesn't. What I have to do to get internet is network with a Ethernet cable, one from another. The Inspiron doesn't have a Wireless Modem built in, but I have a USB card for it.
What I have to do for internet as it is, is connect the dialup with the Inspiron, and with the Ethernet cable, I have internet with the XPS.
What I want to know is if it is possible to use the Inspiron to create a Wireless network that has internet capability for my Dell XPS to connect to the dialup wirelessly throughout my house.
If this is possible, how do I go about doing this?

Thanks
 

A:Getting rid of some wires...

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Q: wires

Hey I have an Thomson Bigpond wireless, telephone and a fax. The wireless needs a wall socket & splitter, the telephone needs the splitter w/t the wireless and the fax needs the phone and the wall and the phone has one back plug-in!!!!!!! What do i connect and where??????????????? oh btw i have 2 splitters ones not pluged in though.
 

A:wires

You posted in a forum for software problems. Suggest you use the "Report" link at the bottom of your post and request a moderator move the post to the networking or hardware forum.
 

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Hi
im having problems puting the little leads which come from the speaker,power button and reset button onto the mother board?
do the very from motherboard to motherboard???

Any help would be gratefull.
 

A:little wires

Hi, Yes I suppose they could, in that they might not all be used....
it depends. Can you post the make and model of the motherboard?
 

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Hey its my friends first time building a computer, but to am unsure what advice to give him...he just aquired all the parts for the comp he is building, and he told me that there are two wires sticking from the front of the case that hypotheticly should be plugged into the motherboard, hes using an abit AI7, and he consulted the manual and it doesnt specify a place to put these wires, one wire says "Ground -5V" and the other "Ground +5V"...if any one has any ideas on whether these are significant wires and where they need to be connected, or whether they need to be connected at all please leave a reply all and any suggestions will be appreciated.
 

A:where do i put these wires! HeLP!

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I got AT&T Dryloop Internet a few months ago, but about 3 weeks ago my Internet suddenly stopped working. I found out later that the cord that runs under the house had been cut all the way through in a couple places; it's like someone intentionally crawled under there and cut them. Now I'm faced w/ a huge bill to get an AT&T repair person to fix it. If anyone could give me some advice on what to do or alternatives, that would be great.

A:Help! My Wires Have Been Cut

like any DSL, "dry loop" (which just means there is no voice line on the phone service) is run over copper wire. In homes, this is usually insulated and shielded wire with four interior wires called "two pair," again typically with red, green, yellow, and black. Chances are you are using the red and green. If the colors don't match, don't worry. Just make sure you connect the same wires to the same terminals.

Go to Radio Shack or your local hardware store and get an inline connector for outdoor use. Simply connect one color from one side of the cut to the same color on the other side of the cut, and all should be well.

You can splice the wires directly, but that could cause more line noise than you want.

Alternatively, just re-wire the connection from your phone box to the wall. Red to red, green to green.

Remember that phone wires are "hot" and run at low voltage, so if you corss live wires you will get a but of a wake up call -- nothing big and sure as heck not like 120V current, but stronger than putting your tongue on a nine volt.

While you are at the hardware store, you can buy a wire tester that plugs into the jack and tells you if you have the wires hooked up correctly or not. Just don't plug anything into the jack until it tests positively, and you are good to go. Crossing phone wires is not by any means the end of the world, and nothing will happen while you are testing.

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I would like to know how to install a male cat 6 end on my cat 6 wire, and what tools I need.

thanks
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Processor Count: 2
RAM: 8138 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon (TM) R9 380 Series, -1 Mb
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Hey I have an Thomson Bigpond wireless, telephone and a fax. The wireless needs a wall socket & splitter, the telephone needs the splitter w/t the wireless and the fax needs the phone and the wall and the phone has one back plug-in!!!!!!! What do i connect and where??????????????? oh btw i have 2 splitters ones not pluged in though.
 

A:Wires????

I think you just need to us multiple outlet splitter, but perhaps some one else knows more about it.
Vicks
 

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