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Blown up my PC...

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5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
Ordered a bare-bones system from Novatech. Installed my own GFX card, hard drive and disc drive. Have installed all these components before and they appear to be connected properly.

When I turned my PC on for the first time it made a bang and lots of smoke came out. What went wrong, and whose fault is it?

As an aside, my power supply seems to have leaked some kind of clear, slightly smelly liquid everywhere. No idea what that is :|
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5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
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banned#1
lmao
#2
Subscribed! lol
#3
You didn't by any chance search for Google on Google did you as this a common occurrence I'm afraid.
#4
Im aware it doesnt sound good. I promise I am not a complete moron.

oO
#5
your fault you must have connected something wrong or something that the psu can't handle as novatech test all barebones, pre built machines before despatch. i have bought alot from them and never happened before
#6
indianbelters
your fault you must have connected something wrong or something that the psu can't handle as novatech test all barebones, pre built machines before despatch. i have bought alot from them and never happened before


Oh dear. Any guesses as to what I did wrong? And do you think blowing the PSU will have blown a number of other components as well?
banned#7
how many watts and amps was the PSU.
#8
which barebone bundle was it and what gfx card are u using? here is a chance it could have affected the other components too
#9
Sounds like you've blown a capacitor in the PSU. The liquid is what is supposed to be inside the capacitor (electrolyte), it usually smells kinda fishy! I wouldn't advise touching it anyway, the electrolyte can often be corrosive and / or toxic, best idea is to clean it up as best you can and get rid of it.
The most common cause of electrolytic failure is that the capacitor was either fitted with the wrong polarity, or else somehow the wrong polarity voltage was applied to it.
I think you may struggle to prove exactly who's fault it was that it went bang, especially if they say they tested it before it left, and you didn't check it on arrival :(
#10
slamdunkin
how many watts and amps was the PSU.


http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/7842/004gko.jpg
#11
wat gfx card is it?
#12
The barebones unit I ordered (just before xmas) has now changed slightly... I think the PSU is different? Here's the one with the same ram, processor etc: linky

Other things I bought to fit were: gfx card, disc drive and hard drive.
#13
hmm should all be ok u, did you connect everything properly? also does a psu have a voltage switch on the back near the power inlet? as some do and may have been flicked to the wrong voltage it should be on 240
#14
That PSU is rated high enough for those components so you shouldnt have overloaded it, You either got a dodgy PSU or you connected something wrong ,(probably the 4 pin mobo power supply connector)
CReilly
The barebones unit I ordered (just before xmas) has now changed slightly... I think the PSU is different? Here's the one with the same ram, processor etc: linkyOther things I bought to fit were: gfx card, [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.play.com%2FProductOutline.aspx%3Ftitle%3D15572271%26r%3DPCSH]disc drive[/url] and [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB002MQC0P8%2Fref%3Doss_product]hard drive[/url].
#15
tonyg1962
That PSU is rated high enough for those components so you shouldnt have overloaded it, You either got a dodgy PSU or you connected something wrong ,(probably the 4 pin mobo power supply connector)
CReilly
The barebones unit I ordered (just before xmas) has now changed slightly... I think the PSU is different? Here's the one with the same ram, processor etc: linkyOther things I bought to fit were: gfx card, [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.play.com%2FProductOutline.aspx%3Ftitle%3D15572271%26r%3DPCSH]disc drive[/url] and [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB002MQC0P8%2Fref%3Doss_product]hard drive[/url].


I got my friend who builds PC's for money to check all the connections and he said it was all fine :O. Will my other components be fried do you think? is there any way I can check whats wrong?
#16
Only way to check is anothe rPSU,
CReilly
tonyg1962
That PSU is rated high enough for those components so you shouldnt have overloaded it, You either got a dodgy PSU or you connected something wrong ,(probably the 4 pin mobo power supply connector)
CReilly
The barebones unit I ordered (just before xmas) has now changed slightly... I think the PSU is different? Here's the one with the same ram, processor etc: linkyOther things I bought to fit were: gfx card, [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.play.com%2FProductOutline.aspx%3Ftitle%3D15572271%26r%3DPCSH]disc drive[/url] and [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB002MQC0P8%2Fref%3Doss_product]hard drive[/url].
I got my friend who builds PC's for money to check all the connections and he said it was all fine :O. Will my other components be fried do you think? is there any way I can check whats wrong?
#17
CReilly
tonyg1962
That PSU is rated high enough for those components so you shouldnt have overloaded it, You either got a dodgy PSU or you connected something wrong ,(probably the 4 pin mobo power supply connector)
CReilly
The barebones unit I ordered (just before xmas) has now changed slightly... I think the PSU is different? Here's the one with the same ram, processor etc: linkyOther things I bought to fit were: gfx card, [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.play.com%2FProductOutline.aspx%3Ftitle%3D15572271%26r%3DPCSH]disc drive[/url] and [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB002MQC0P8%2Fref%3Doss_product]hard drive[/url].


I got my friend who builds PC's for money to check all the connections and he said it was all fine :O. Will my other components be fried do you think? is there any way I can check whats wrong?


Other components could be fried too, only way to check for sure would be by switching out components.
#18
not easily no the only way to check is to buy another barebones howver i would reccomend buying the componets yourself as supposed to buying a half madee pc, you will get individual warranty with all components.
#19
was u by any chance running around with ur new pc bits on a carpet ? :)
#20
i had to go inspect an insurance claim recently that sounds familiar to this, they guy had plugged in a pci-e connctor to his cpu connector on the mainboard "accidentally" hence the accidental insurance claim.
had to say to the company the only accident was this guy being born.
#21
Thanks for advice guys. I dont wanna be spending loads more money, so I suppose I'd best give novatech a ring and see if theres anything I can do. Any idea what I should say? I dont want them to just fob me off and say its my fault etc, and have no defence!
#22
indianbelters
hmm should all be ok u, did you connect everything properly? also does a psu have a voltage switch on the back near the power inlet? as some do and may have been flicked to the wrong voltage it should be on 240


Was about to suggest this as I blew a pc up about 10 years ago by switching it on after setting it to the wrong voltage :D
#23
indianbelters
hmm should all be ok u, did you connect everything properly? also does a psu have a voltage switch on the back near the power inlet? as some do and may have been flicked to the wrong voltage it should be on 240


Think you've cracked it. The voltage setting is on 115 rather than 230. I guess this makes it my fault then? Although this was the default setting, I havn't changed it. :(
#24
CReilly
indianbelters
hmm should all be ok u, did you connect everything properly? also does a psu have a voltage switch on the back near the power inlet? as some do and may have been flicked to the wrong voltage it should be on 240


Think you've cracked it. The voltage setting is on 115 rather than 230. I guess this makes it my fault then? Although this was the default setting, I havn't changed it. :(


I would guess that you'd have only blown psu with the lower voltage, Try a new psu, Hopefully they won't have fried, More chance they'd have fried if voltage was other way around..!!!.
#25
CReilly
indianbelters
hmm should all be ok u, did you connect everything properly? also does a psu have a voltage switch on the back near the power inlet? as some do and may have been flicked to the wrong voltage it should be on 240
Think you've cracked it. The voltage setting is on 115 rather than 230. I guess this makes it my fault then? Although this was the default setting, I havn't changed it. :(

yes novatech will take no responsibility you may have flicked it by accident but there is nothing you can do i have had an experience with this but luckily all the components survived other than the psu i would recommend by another psu a branded one like corsair,thermaltake or antec
1 Like #26
You need to check all the metal supports (if they are metal) for the mainboard are accounted for and not stuck under the board short circuiting it.

If everything else is connected fine and no short circuits then it's probably just a blown PSU. It happens.

In the years of working with PC's I have seen many PC's blow the PSU the first time they are fired up. One fired a huge blue spark out towards me, another took out a room of 20 PSU's main fuse for the room.

Check all the mounts are accounted for, cables were plugged in in the right places (hard to plug them in the wrong places). Check the components (ie hdd, gfx card etc) seperately for funny smells (the smell I call it is pee and popcorn LOL) basically if it smells nasty it's probably blown something.

I would lean towards a probably PSU blow which they will probably replace as faulty.

Update.... Only just seen the previous post after I posted this.... :p

Edited By: CyDoNiA on Jan 18, 2011 13:57
#27
Mate you should have gone with SCAN for the protection (**** up) insurance.
#28
thanks all for the advice. i'll let you know how things go.
banned#29
Chances are you might NOT have fried the other bits... since the PSU took one for the team so to speak.
#30
I had a similar thing happen, a case shipped with a PSU and the PSU was set to the wrong voltage. I never checked, Baboom lol - just call and explain and they should replace it. It will only be the power supply that will have gone as Vibeone said, chances are it is only a cheap one anyway so it shouldn't bother them.

This happened to me years and years ago though, been a while since I have seen a PSU with that switch on the back.
#31
Samething happened to me, replaced the psu and all was fine.
1 Like #32
I have contacted novatech and they are shipping a new PSU. Hopefully that should fix it - will let you all know how things go. One thing though, will fluid leaking over the MB/GFX card have ruined these?
1 Like #33
As per my earlier post, it's not just 'fluid' and yes, it could well ruin them if you leave it on. Clean it off and it should be fine. :)
Glad you got it sorted :)
#34
cheers mate, best way to clean it? Just carefully with a cloth?
#35
CReilly
cheers mate, best way to clean it? Just carefully with a cloth?


Baby wipes usually work well, Just be gentle...!!!
1 Like #36
From my experience of building & fixing Computers,I don't think you can install something on to the Motherboard the wrong way :-/
It's like when you where at Nursery you tried to get the Star shape in to the Circle & as we know even with the hammer it never went in.Motherboard sockets are all different shapes so this kind of thing can't happen.
I would say PSU every time.

I would also be surprised if the PSU has not took something with it & all you can do is hope & pray.

Edited By: WheresMeNuts on Jan 18, 2011 21:53
#37
Its usually pretty damn hard to change the input voltage on PSU's, you usually have to get in with a screwedriver/something thin.

As for nothing else being damaged, well ...

I got the parts for a new setup from Ebuyer. The mobo had bad solder on the bottom of it around the CPU socket. I got sent a new mobo but the first one had fried the CPU. The CPU fried the new mobo and the PSU. I got a new mobo and CPU that the PSU fried. I put in another PSU and that got fried.

Long story short, 4 PSU's and three mobos later I worked out what was happening, so never say never. All the PSU's 'appeared to be fine' it wasnt till I really tested them later that I found out the voltages were all out of whack.

A few months ago my wifes PC shutdown on her, I started it up and it immediately blew the socket fuse and I decided to give the machine a once over to check it and there was a piece of card in the CPU heatsink blocking the fan. Have I tried that PSU again? Have I hell!

Even when you think you know all the answers you would be surprised at the anomolous ones.
1 Like #38
This is one of the main reasons why no one should ever buy a cheap PSU.If anything the PSU is the most important device on the Computer.
#39
WheresMeNuts
From my experience of building & fixing Computers,I don't think you can install something on to the Motherboard the wrong way :-/It's like when you where at Nursery you tried to get the Star shape in to the Circle & as we know even with the hammer it never went in.Motherboard sockets are all different shapes so this kind of thing can't happen.I would say PSU every time.I would also be surprised if the PSU has not took something with it & all you can do is hope & pray.
Some Ralph will manage to install a cable wrongly believe me. I've seen it, including the 12v molex pushed in upside down and ide pins bent in an attempt to force a floppy cable onto it oO

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