Let the smoke out...

Discussion in 'Processors and motherboards Intel' started by Jacastto, Mar 1, 2015.

  1. Jacastto

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    Hi Guys,

    Been a long time since I posted here. Hope this is the right place to be posting.

    I recently brought an upgrade for my PC, including a Gigabyte H81M-S2H, Intel i5 4460 and an 8Gb G.Skill 1600mhz RAM stick.

    I had it all ready to go, CPU, RAM and my Palit GTX 750 plugged in, and as soon as I plugged my PSU (Corsair VX550w, about 4 years old) into the mobo, it started smoking. I hadn't even pressed the power button yet...

    Is this a faulty motherboard? Was my PSU incompatible somehow? Or could there have been something else I messed up? This was my first time installing a new motherboard.

    Other relevant parts: dvd burner, Kingston 120gb SSD, WD 750gb 7200rpm HDD.

    Any thoughts? Thanks
     
  2. thatguy91

    thatguy91 Ancient Guru

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    What started smoking, the PSU or the motherboard?

    If it was the PSU, it's most definitely likely to be faulty. Wouldn't it be older than 4 years?
     
  3. mbk1969

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    Disconnect PSU from motherboard, pull it out of case and plug in - if it starts to smoke then it is damaged definitely.
     
  4. Jacastto

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    it was definitely the motherboard smoking. couldnt tell which part of the motherboard though.

    Ive done the paperclip test on the psu and it still works. i just find it strange that it smoked before I even tried to turn it on.
     

  5. mbk1969

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    Nothing strange here. If PSU is plugged in then motherboard is powered. Probably there is short-circuit in your motherboard.
     
  6. Jacastto

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    Hmm ok. In that case was it a faulty motherboard (such that I can claim warranty)? Or did I mess up something in the wiring or compatibility? I am pretty sure I got those things right, but maybe there's a common rookie mistake I missed?

    Thanks again, just don't want to try and claim warranty unjustly.
     
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    Let them decide. Either they will find your fault or they won`t. It is impossible to answer such question remotely.
     

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