It's been a long time since I've seen a fried tbird. The most severe case would look something like this: <A HREF="http://www.hardocp.com/new_img_01/april/gf_ouch.html" target="_new">Fried Geforce 2</A> Other than what you see in that picture, you might not be able to see any physical damage to the cpu. What kind of errors do you get when you start up the PC? Do you get to or past the post?
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Sorry - I don't come in here very often anymore for the reasons you state.
A fried T-bird may not look any different, but it will probably smell! What board are you using? If it is an Asus A7V133 then the bios may have locked up... Let me know if so about how to get round it.
Also, Has anything happenend to make you think you fried it, like bad/no heatsink install etc...
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I'd agree with pete. Sometimes a fried chip doesn't have any surface damage at all. When you get an Athlon to hot, you will burn the silicon under the die so if you put it up to your nose you will definately smell a burnt smell. Your gut will tell you that, at least that's how I could tell mine was a dud.
Here's a post I put somewhere else about the problem I had.
The hours of research done and the money spent!!! It makes me upset, but I know it's not the end. I'm hoping you guys can help me out with this.
MSI K7 Master
1200 MHz AXIA 266
2 x 256 Crucial unbuffered non parity
300W AMD approved PS
CPU temp idle was about 45
Case temp was about 27
I think I had the the CPU on 1380 and 10x 138/3_ fsb.
I was playing counter strike and then after about 15 minutes it just all switched off.
I can't swith it back on again using the power switch, I've tried switching it all off and then on a again, but no. I took the Coolermaster DP5 6I11 HS/Fan off and checked the cpu but it didn't look or smell burnt.
When I push the power button there is one small square green LED on the motherboard which comes on, but none of the 4 diagnostic LEDs come on (no red/green) so I can't really identify the problem.
I don't know what the problem is can any of you guys suggest something?
It could be the CPU but I don't really know exactly how to identifya fried cpu. I thought it may be the power supply but that one green LED in the centre comes on. I thought it might be the motherboard but again that LED comes on, maybe the LED is powered by the battery? I don't know!
If you've already thought about this, I'm sorry, but have you tried a different cpu in the same rig? Seems to be that that would be the easiest way to determine if it's the cpu or the mobo.
Also, take out all your components except video card and ram, and if you have two HDD's, use only one, bad HDD prevents boot. And does the mobo beep at al when you turn on the system?<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by kavbear on 05/17/01 11:47 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
I just had this scary feeling that mine was crushed or something. So, I took the cpu out, and cleaned [the AS2] off, and looked at it. No cracks...
Then, I checked the L1 bridges. I could see the gold through the graphite, so I just decided to erase it off because it wasn't permanent. After I put it back in, then put all my jumper settings to their defaults, my computer started back up.
I hope that might relate. If not...........(my bad). :smile:
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