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    Default Fried Motherboard?

    So I got a new CPU fan from a friend and went about installing it yesterday.

    Something went wrong though and my front intake fan stopped working. I could not figure out what was the problem. Playing with a 3pin connector on the motherboard, something as well seemed to be wrong with the connector ( which I believe was for the fan ).

    I powerd on, saw a spark and them some smoke, close to the pin and also close to my video card. Is my motherboard dead? Or is my Video Card dead? The board gets power and will come on, yet I see nothing on the screen. Something wrong with my PSU?

    I've concluded that it's the motherboard and this is why I think so. I took out all memory sticks and started my computer. I got no beeps, what so ever to state that no RAM was installed. Also, no responsiveness is seen from the keyboard when the machine powers on. The lights on it do not blink.

    The video card fan still spins. However, one of my friends told me that my problem sounds like a bad video card. Please don't tell me to try the card in another machine. I don't have one.

    Searching on the net, I found that the above symptoms can be caused by a faulty or improper install of a CPU fan. So I removed the new fan and started. Still nothing.

    Something is dead. I just need help figuring out what it is.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Probably the MB lol =.="
    Wat did u do to the 3pin fan connector when it sparked? i think u may hav shorted out the board by plugging the FAN connector in wrong, unless there was a notch to prevent u from doing so.
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    YA, please post a pic of what you burned when you plugged the fan in. It is pretty hard to plug something like that in a wrong plug

    Have you tried the board outside of the case, off the tray on a box or wooden table yet? That would be my next move, with only one stick of ram, CPU/Heatinks, and the GFX card.

    I see you cannot test it in another system, do you have a older card you can borrow or use to test in your board to see if the board is ok?

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    Where i've circled is the area where the smoke came from. Probably can't see it unless you look really really hard but there's a 3pin connector there.

    I will try to borrow a pc from my friend who owns a cyber cafe.

    I'm really concerned about my PSU. How do I know if its fine?

    And LSD, I will try it out of case ontop a wooden table today.
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    Tried on wooden table with GFX, and RAM only.

    The board gets power, but it does not boot.

    :'(
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    Just another update. Seems that i underestimated my mothers dell dimension 4700. It has one pci-e x16 slot. I almost died from shock. Go dell? lol.

    So I swapped PSUs, added my x1950pro and powered on. I almost died from joy a second time when I saw the screen come up. So my video card works. I am in no financial situation to purchase a new card.

    I hope its only the board gone through. Even though this is a sad time for me, I'm elated.

    Nothing is impossible... Just mathematically improbable..

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    Nice to hear your card is ok. The only safe way (Without frying a board) to test a PSU is to get you a PSU Tester. They are about $10-20 or more if you want a nice one >>>
    Newegg.com - Power Supply Tester

    That image is no good to me, I wanted to see a real image of YOUR board

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    Don't have a digital camera and my phone was not doing a good job.

    Sorry >_<
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    Ahh well, I thought that may be why

    Get ya a PSU tester before you plug that PSU into anything incase that is it.

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    Is a PSU tester and a multimeter the same thing?
    Nothing is impossible... Just mathematically improbable..

    "The best defense against computer viruses might not even be antivirus software, but a crafty combination of education and common sense."

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