I have an old AMD Athlon computer i turned it on the other day and i got a pungent burning smell and now the main board powers up and the heat sink fan spins but it is NOT going through the P.O.S.T and it is not beeping i think it is melt down the heat paste is dry and crumbly
Thanks for the post. I searched CPU thermal meltdown and found this thread. In my case the fan was turning, but turning too slowly. Checking temps in the BIOS I was over 75 C. Fan wasn't moving much air. Swapped fans and I"m at 43 C overclocked.
Posting this for anyone else that comes along. Interested to hear how you resolved your issue though.