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So... just two nights ago I was downloading some games on Steam and I noticed a burning smell. Long behold, there was smoke coming from a flicker of a flame inside my computer. As it turns out, it looks like the molex to sata power adapter I use for my DVD drive caught fire. It appears that no other devices or cords beside it and the DVD drive are done.

I tried to boot the computer again but the GPU, PSU, and CPU fans don't spin up and I don't get a post. I'm about to test the hard drives to see if they're done. Unfortunately, I don't have any equipment to test out anything but the hard drives. I did have a friend lend me a power supply tester and that came back fine (despite the fan not working).

I just built this system in the Summer of 2012 so everything but the DVD drive (ironic, yes?) is still in warranty. Should I get the PSU maker to try and reimburse me for all this or should I call up each individual part's maker for their warranty? By the way, I did not have any overclocking of any kind applied to this build in its lifetime.

PSU: SeaSonic SS-750KM3 750W
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX
GPU: XFX Core Edition FX-787A-CNFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB
CPU: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866








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post #2 of 6
Looks like the adapter is the cause.I don't think that the psu is at fault.
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Originally Posted by djsi38t View Post

Looks like the adapter is the cause.I don't think that the psu is at fault.
I'm not doubting that. I know it was probably a short or something that the adapter caused. I'm just wondering, is it within my right to ask for an RMA from all my part manufacturers that are now defunct?
    
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post #4 of 6
The other parts aside from the DVD drive and motherboard should still be working.
Just put that burned psu away for now, just to be sure.

Borrow a good psu and motherboard from a friend and test out your hdd, ram and gpu there, they should be fine.
One of my rigs blew a psu, it killed the board but the ram, gpu and hdd were not damaged, so its possible its only your board that was damaged.

May I ask why did you use sata to molex adapter? were you using an old dvd drive?
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post #5 of 6
I would also say the adapter is the cause...those things are made wayyyyyyyy too cheap. I've seen a few cases where those adapters go up in smoke, so you're not alone.

You won't get any coverage from manufacturers of PSU, etc because their product is not at fault. If the PSU is dead it's most likely because of the short that the adapter caused.
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that does not look like a short. a short would trip the current protection ( assuming the 2 second google i just did it looks like this psu has it, however the psu guys would know far more then me) it looks to me like you had a loose connection causing over amping.
( small amounts over long periods )


however with that said there is no reason none of the fans work assuming your psu is good, the problem with most psu testers is they do not test load voltage, just because you have x volts @ no load does not mean it supplies that voltage during load.

i have seen items have 24vac ( at the time the unit i was working on ) however during load it would drop to 0v due to wiring damage i would see if a friend can lend you a psu to test your pc with
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