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Ya the title is right. My house almost burned down today from within my living room. Nice cloud of black smoke, fire dept came in at a good time and put it out, no harm other than everything smells like smoke after 4 hours. Well in my living room is my entertainment center with my HTPC that was running when everything happened and shut down. Is there a way to rebuild it or suggestions for all the smoke that got sucked in?
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The smoke won't hurt it, but soot can cause shorting. Just depends on how bad it got. Open up the case and see how dark it looks. I'd recommend at least removing the motherboard and checking behind it.

Worst case, if everything is black, you can wash most of the components in water (ideally distilled). Just make sure they are dried very well before hooking up again.
 
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How did it happen?

I hope there's not too much damage, and if there is I hope you have insurance. redface.gif
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post #4 of 22
I work in insurance restoration. If you have insurance they will cover it. Even if you wash the components they will still probably smell like smoke. That smell sticks.
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post #5 of 22
Disconnect everything. Take apart your HTPC to see any soot in there. Either wash it with distilled water (make sure CMOS battery is out) or 91% alcohol. Let it dry up for a day before putting everything back together.

Where did the fire originate?
Edited by trumpet-205 - 10/29/11 at 2:24pm
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post #6 of 22
dust it off. febreeze it. youre good 2 go.
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post #7 of 22
Yank out the HDD and BACK IT UP! Worst thing that could possibly happen in a situation like yours is that your HDD crashes and you lose all of your rips... frown.gif
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post #8 of 22
I have a computer that was in a house fire, sucked in a lot of soot. Powersupply I think got the worst of it.

I vacumed it out and washed the parts till this day it still stinks. Although the stink has toned way down. I set a fragrance type stone on top of it. It's still running after about 6 years.
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Originally Posted by IcedEarth;15500656 
How did it happen?

I hope there's not too much damage, and if there is I hope you have insurance. redface.gif

it was cold here, went to light the fireplace and something was stuck in the fireplace and i guess fell ontop of the vent and shut it, barrel rolled the entire living room in seconds, had to call fire dept to come out.
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post #10 of 22
something was stuck

Probably a raccoon...

Also, careful with isopropyl...while it is good for cleaning is can discolor and damage plastics/acrylics easily.
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