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Burnt Smell from Computer

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December 23, 2009 8:51:37 AM

I was upgrading my HP Pavilion a6412p which I received as a gift last Spring 2008. Last night I installed a new Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83Ghz (Socket LGA 775), Master Vortex 752 CPU Cooler Fan, Kingston Tech (2 x 1GB) DDR2 RAM.

A few minutes after turning on my PC, I get this slight burnt odor smell. I immediately checked the temp of the processors and they are currently at:

Temperature ( C )
35 32 28 36
- at idle, not running any programs...

Opened the case to check the CPU Cooler Fan, running fine!

While my PC was running I was constantly getting this burnt odor smell. Did not get any warning dialog boxes, No BSOD nor blank screen, etc...

Very Clueless as to what is causing it!!! Could it be the PSU overheating not being able to handle the new hardware load??? Excess dust? PLEASE HELP !!!!!!

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December 23, 2009 8:58:03 AM

It could be dust that is causing the burn odor, or even in some cases a wire that is touching a hot component. I had a wire cover melt of, that rested against the top of my GPU....If it is an electrical burn, such as your PSU being overloaded, beware, as this could damage other components once it finally kicks the bucket.
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December 23, 2009 9:09:27 AM

Best way to find out what is wrong is to try identify where smell is comming from exactly.
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December 23, 2009 9:26:59 AM

Smell your power supply, if it smells burnt replace it, and don't use it until you do.
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December 23, 2009 10:52:10 AM

Don't overlook the probability of a dislodged north bridge cooler, as generally it is close to the cpu and cpu cooler you replaced.
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December 23, 2009 1:29:47 PM

baddad said:
Smell your power supply, if it smells burnt replace it, and don't use it until you do.



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