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CPU Melt Down????

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January 23, 2012 8:49:46 AM


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

ddoes this sound like melt down??

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a b à CPUs
January 23, 2012 9:02:49 AM

Hi :) 

Smell the PSU.....Those symptoms are normally psu...

All the best Brett :) 
a b à CPUs
January 23, 2012 9:05:56 AM

Re-applying thermal paste might be a wise move too.
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May 20, 2012 1:49:53 AM


Fan has to turn fast enough, not just turn.

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. :p 

Posting this for anyone else that comes along. Interested to hear how you resolved your issue though.

Thanks again. Thanks all.

Be real, be sober.
a c 149 à CPUs
May 20, 2012 10:54:20 PM

A strong acidic smell is usually caused from a blown PSU. If you have an extra PSU or know someone who does switch it out and see if it works.