only saw something like this once. a buddy's puter was brought to a lan party with water cooling. one of the hoses worked its way slightly loose and dribbled a little water on the PSU. plugged it in not realizing, and BANG! only the PSU (Antec NeoPower) was damaged thank goodness...
might have had a little water, metal shavings, or something conductive in there to short it out me thinks. or it might have even been junk from the factory...
Never skimp on a quality PSU. You may get lucky and not much will happen but carefully check everything. I recently had a MB short out (don't know if the new CPU was bad or not) and it took out a lot of hardware. and I didn't even get a light/smell show for it. I lost: MB, CPU, Modem, DVD burner, X-Fi Fatality. I didn't discover the X-Fi or DVD until I reassembled the pc. All but the Modem were in warranty but I have to eat shipping. The joys of computers!
BTW: Creatives tech support is not very good. I bought this card 12/2005, it carries a standard 1 year warranty but only 60 days of "free" tech support. They wanted to charge me $19.60 for support, they didn't get it. I finally got an RMA out of them though.
no, the back of the PSU says 195 - 240 VAC (Which Im guessing is Variable AC or something)
Yup, thats why I went for a Quality PSU, Read lots of reviews on it and Hiper seemed the best to go for.
Im guessing something was in their shorting it out and when I hit the power switch on the back, BANG... It was quite scary as my face was next to it when it happened as I was leaning over it feeling for the switch
Most annoying thing is, its Bank Holiday and I cannot contact them
Angry Duck, This is a NAMED brand ... Hiper Type R 480Watt PSU -
at least you didnt have to go to the hospital, but it sounds like it was a pretty close shave. My buddy had the same exact psu DETONATE on him. when he flipped the switch the thing went up and a piece of something flew out and lodged in his hand. he had to have 7 stiches.
yea had 2 PSU's go on me and not one of them took the computer with them only one of them where there was smoke coming from it. the shop i got it from gave me lip cause i opened the case. there was smoke coming from it what was I supposed to do. oh well :wink:
Well, Hiper does give a 3 year warranty on their PSUs so you are pretty much safe in terms of returning the product. Its quite unfortunate such a thing happen, but like I said, shit happens to the best of us...