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October 31, 2013 12:25:31 PM

Is my motherboard fried?

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a b V Motherboard
October 31, 2013 12:28:09 PM

Maybe. What clues could you possibly give us to ascertain with a bit more certainty? :-)
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October 31, 2013 12:31:03 PM

bigpinkdragon286 said:
Maybe. What clues could you possibly give us to ascertain with a bit more certainty? :-)

Ah I had typed it, I just registered while asking the question maybe something went wrong, OK here it is-
I've had a PC from past 7 years with config amd3000+ and Asus m2v-tvm mobo, 5 years back I bought a cooler master 450w PSU, last month I removed my HDD and plugged it back in turned on the PC and *phat* my bios chip fried, so I decided its high time I upgrade the comp so I bought an AMD fx 6300 and an MSI 970a-g46 mobo today, plugged everything very carefully and switched it on and nothing happened I even rechecked my connections and everything was fine, so thought I'll try switching the PSU from the 5 year untouched 230v to 115v and switched on the PC and *PHAT* a big spark came out from under the heatsink near the four pin power cable which connects to the mobo, is my new mobo fried too? Is something wrong with the PSU? And if it is is there any way I can claim warranty?
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a b V Motherboard
October 31, 2013 12:35:36 PM

I like French fries.
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a b V Motherboard
October 31, 2013 12:36:58 PM

I would say it's fried and the culprit was probably your PSU, that should have been the first thing to change out when you found the BIOS chip fried. Probably far too late for any warranty.
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a b V Motherboard
October 31, 2013 12:39:31 PM

You can claim warranty, but it sounds like it will be automatically denied as the problem is not a manufacturer's defect. I wouldn't waste my time shipping the motherboard, as it will likely just cost you money, to have them reject it based on what I suspect if you look closely will be, physically based evidence.

I would ask why you are switching from 230V to 115V. Did you move from one country to another?

If you remove the heat sink, you will likely be able to see scorched or blown components. Those will render you motherboard out of action until replaced, provided that's the only damage done. Sourcing and replacing those components is beyond most do-it-yourselfers, so your best bet is to stop using that power supply, and then replace the motherboard. Hopefully nothing attached to the motherboard suffered any ill-effects, such as the RAM, processor, or add-in boards.
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October 31, 2013 12:53:25 PM

bigpinkdragon286 said:
You can claim warranty, but it sounds like it will be automatically denied as the problem is not a manufacturer's defect. I wouldn't waste my time shipping the motherboard, as it will likely just cost you money, to have them reject it based on what I suspect if you look closely will be, physically based evidence.

I would ask why you are switching from 230V to 115V. Did you move from one country to another?

If you remove the heat sink, you will likely be able to see scorched or blown components. Those will render you motherboard out of action until replaced, provided that's the only damage done. Sourcing and replacing those components is beyond most do-it-yourselfers, so your best bet is to stop using that power supply, and then replace the motherboard. Hopefully nothing attached to the motherboard suffered any ill-effects, such as the RAM, processor, or add-in boards.

I had the comp checked by a service center last time, the guy said everything was fine and that I just needed to replace the bios chip which was too expensive to spend on such an old board. I'll have the PSU checked by another service center tomorrow, and what if I replace it with a working one and try to claim warranty?
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a b V Motherboard
October 31, 2013 1:11:06 PM

Warranty on what? They will say any damaged components were caused by a faulty PSU, and since the PSU is out of warranty, you have no action on that end.
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October 31, 2013 1:50:02 PM

chugot9218 said:
Warranty on what? They will say any damaged components were caused by a faulty PSU, and since the PSU is out of warranty, you have no action on that end.

I just found my PSU bill, it was bought 3 years ago not 5, so I still have 2 years of warranty on the PSU, what can they do about my fried motherboard? Will they reimburse the cost? Since it was damaged because of it.

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