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    Default Computer broke out of nowhere

    My brother was playing warcarft 3 and suddenly the computer switched off.

    It went off with a small bang [not an explosion] - no smoke or broken components.

    He is running a 3 year old computer, when i touched the heatsink, it was very hot maybe ~80C and burns my skin. [Pentium 4 3.2GHZ socket 478]

    When i was diagnosing the problem, i unplugged everything except the ATX12V and ATX 20pin with RAM,heatsink and graphics card in.

    I press the power switch, the cpu fan spins momentarily, [around 0.1 seconds] and stops. The power supply is working and i even tried plugging in my old power suply with no luck

    So, i unplugged the ATX12V connector and it turned on, but it did not boot up[lack of voltage to components]. w/o everything else plugged in, im assuming the problem lies with the motherboard, [maybe the circutry for the ATX12V is broken??]

    PLease help me with this, i dont like sharing my comp with other people!

    The computer specs are:

    Intel pentium 4 3.2GHZ [socket 478]
    MB: Gigabyte 8S64FXP-RZ
    RAM: 512MB DDR 300
    Graphics: ATI Radeon 9600SE
    [3 years old!]

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    Default Re: Computer broke out of nowhere

    Motherboard is most likely toast. It's about time to upgrade anyway... :)
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    Default Re: Computer broke out of nowhere

    Second that upgrade, your spec is poor by current standards. Even getting a cheap bear bones setup you will find its a better spec.

    If you are skint then try another mobo but if that doesnt work save your pennies.

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    Default Re: Computer broke out of nowhere

    Yeh im gona buy a new computer and give this old one to my bro..alot more updated than his 478 P4!

    thanks for the info anyway

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    Default Re: Computer broke out of nowhere

    Any thing burned on the MB?

    my suggest, if you want give it to your brother, please upgreat a CPU cooler too.

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    Default Re: Computer broke out of nowhere

    Nope, nothing is burned or popped.


    Thanks for the help guys, i jus... feel lyk smashing his comp with a hammer at how CRAP its performance is and how outdated it is!

    Its going be trashed later on.

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    Default Re: Computer broke out of nowhere

    Quote Originally Posted by randomness View Post
    Nope, nothing is burned or popped.


    Thanks for the help guys, i jus... feel lyk smashing his comp with a hammer at how CRAP its performance is and how outdated it is!

    Its going be trashed later on.
    You might be surprised to know many people can only wish they had a P4. Americans (and people in general) live in a disposable society...
    E6750 @ 3.72GHz - 1.5v in BIOS (1.456v Actual/1.440v Load) | Gigabyte P35-DS3R Revision 1.0, F9 BIOS | 2x1GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR2-800 @ 1165MHz 5-5-4-10 (4:5, +0.3v = 2.11v) | XFX 7950GT (700MHz Core/805 MHz Memory) | Mushkin 550W RailFusion PS | Zalman CNPS9700 | 2x74GB Raptors Striped | Antec SX1040BII Black Performance Series II SOHO | 19" Samsung SyncMaster 931B + 19" Sony SDM-S94 | Vista Ultimate 32

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