- made a strange sound
- starting glowing bright orange yellow
- started smoking
My pictures of my mobo are at the bottom of this post and are the clearest ones my phone could take. I don't know a lot about hardware, especially motherboard hardware, so I come to you guys/gals. My computer was still able to run after this and everything appears to run normal with normal temps. I've only probably messed around after installing the OS for a few hours, but I'm trying to stay off of it. Is this transistor important? Should I try to get a replacement? I have contacted ASUS by their tech email sections on their site, but they haven't gotten back with me. I'll probably try their phone line soon.
EDIT: By the way, the location for this transitor is directly left of the CPU and blue "fin" and directly right of the ports that come out of the back of the case (usb/audio/etc..). From the little I've researched, it appears to be some sort of voltage regulator for the CPU. I won't turn my computer on again, but hopefully, the CPU is still fine. Nothing seemed wrong when I looked at temps and ran it with Core Temp and CPU-Z.
Since I couldn't get much info on the subject, that's what I ended up doing. I just sent it for delivery back to Newegg today as an RMA. I just hope Newegg will actually replace it.
In the meantime, I bought a ASRock board of similar specs to last me until the Asus gets back. Assuming it's good, I'll either keep it as a backup or sell one of the boards. Luckily, I already have someone interested in the latter.