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So today I was tinkering around in the case with the PC on, and the fan fell on my HD 4870 and the PC shut off. Since it didn't turn back on (on power button press nothing happened) I took the graphics card out and pushed the cable that goes from power button to MOBO in a little (had this be4 and it worked).
So I put the graphics card back in, press the power button and then on the graphics card where are 4 lights, the second light was on and the other 3 were blinking. Then after about 3 seconds sparks started flying and the PC shut down. I took the smelly card out, and turned the PC on.
The PC works fine now with the integrated graphics, but how do I test what is wrong? How do I test the PSU? I am scared to put in a new card because I am afraid that it will fry a new card too

HELP!
Edited by markothevrba - 8/3/11 at 2:59pm
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Post a pic of the fried card, please.
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I doubt it would help because there isn't anything visible on the card. Mostly I just want to know if it is safe to put a new card into the computer?
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When you say sparks, where did the sparks come from, the card or the board?
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The sparks came from the back of the card. And I mean literaly sparks lol. The lights were. Flashing so i went closer and it scared the crap out of me when it started to go! I will find a picture and mark where in general the sparks were when i get home.
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You'll be fine with a new card if the sparks came from the card itself.

Although you'd better hope it didn't do anything to your PCI slot.
 
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You should be fine with a new card.
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Ok, so I used my epic paint skills and marked which led's did what and the GENERAL area of where the sparks were. I don't really remember where exactly the sparks were, but I think somewhere in the middle of the yellow. So here it is.



Also, where it's marked that the sparks were, that's generally where the fan fell when I dropped it
Edited by markothevrba - 8/4/11 at 2:37am
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Ok, so I used my epic paint skills and marked which led's did what and the GENERAL area of where the sparks were. I don't really remember where exactly the sparks were, but I think somewhere in the middle of the yellow. So here it is.

Post a picture of YOUR card so we can see the damage.
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OK, if you really want to see an not damaged looking card here you go

Teh card


Closeup of the area of the sparks


Oh and sorry for the awesome iPhone quality

Oh and the "spark flame" was like the one you see when you are welding but not so bright, and the sound was kind of like it too
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