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I guess I have a chance to try out all of the "wonderful" diagnostic advice I've been giving out over the last several months. Earlier this evening, I popped in my USB flash drive like I do at least a couple of times a day on different computers. This time, however, the little power light on the flash drive blinked on and off, followed shortly by a total system lockup and a rather nasty burning smell. I powered down and let things cool off a bit, and of course, removed the flash drive. Upon the next power up, all of the lights came on (mobo, LAN, optical drives, FDD, HDD activity light), the fans spun up, and that was about it. Of course, I have the POST reporter disabled as I hate the voice Asus uses.

So then I start the long process of elimination. So far I verified that the flash drive is ok (low dollar, high value in terms of data), main HD works, GPU runs (woohoo! that's the priciest component in the system), and the PSU runs another system even though it's a bit smelly. I tried another PSU and GPU (separately) in the main rig with no results.

That pretty much leaves the mobo, CPU, and RAM. RAM will not be a problem to test as I can pop it in the system I'm running now. If need be, I can pop the CPU from this system in the other one, but I'm out of luck when it comes to testing the CPU as I don't have another mobo capable of running a Prescott.

I almost hope it's the RAM, though I seriously doubt that's the case. Corsair has great tech support and easy RMAs, so that's the best case scenario. I've heard that Asus tech support is a real pain in the butt, and I have no clue about Intel. Fortunately I purchased the retail version of the processor, so it came with a 3 year warranty.

All of this trouble is because of a stupid flash drive that I use literally every day. I blame my insurance company for this, though that's a story for another day (short version...I have had nothing but trouble with them since I changed companies last summer, and I was wanting to check a spreadsheet I have on the drive to verify I made a payment they claim they never received. The sad thing is that it's one of the "big boys" in the insurance business and not some local or discount outfit).

Anyway, assuming I'm out my main rig for a while, about the only bright side is that I can try out my XP-120 on the rig I'm using (P4 2.4B) and see if I can't finally get a decent overclock out of it. I have only ever pushed it to 2.75 GHz due to cooling concerns, but the XP-120 would certainly take care of that. At least there is a bit of a silver lining as the rest of this situation just sucks.

Anyway, has anyone ever done RMAs with Asus and/or Intel? I'm just curious as to what I might be getting myself into. Also, has anyone ever heard of a USB device frying a system similar to this?

Thanks for bearing with me.
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I may not be a hardware expert, but this can't be good.
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How exactly would a southbridge get hot enough to melt?!
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GOD DAMN!?!?!!

How do you manage that without the use of a 227W Soldering Iron?
post #5 of 43
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Get this...first review on Newegg...

Quote:
Cons: Southbridge chip burnt out after 15 months, something which is apparently a relatively common problem with this board and stems from some sort of issue related to connecting external devices to it via front USB ports - many of the burnouts have been reported after just such a connection. If you buy this board, take care to use the rear (grounded) USB ports rather than those on the front of the case - I've read various opinions on exactly why the USB situation causes the burnouts, but many seem to agree that there's some sort of inherent fault in the Intel Southbridge chipset that is leaving it very vulnerable to static electricity charges, perhaps.
That's exactly what happened. Well, except the front ports are grounded to the best of my knowledge. At least I had to hook up ground pins for them.

Newegg states that warranty is through manufacturer only; Asus says to contact reseller for warranty service. This is going to be fun, especially around the holidays.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Taeric
Get this...first review on Newegg...


That's exactly what happened. Well, except the frount ports are grounded to the best of my knowledge. At least I had to hook up ground pins for them.

Newegg states that warranty is through manufacturer only; Asus says to contact reseller for warranty service. This is going to be fun, especially around the holidays.
Wow, thats crazy
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post #7 of 43
its definitely more than just static...

sorry, just had to
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Originally Posted by Mr. Mumbles
Wow, thats crazy
haha. :withstupi
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post #9 of 43
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Quote:
Originally Posted by thenut
its definitely more than just static
Yeah, I would have thought that static would have fried the flash drive as well if that was the case.
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post #10 of 43
Wow man sorry to hear that.. Is the mobo fried too.. I read all the posts but I dont think I caught that part of it... Good luck on the RMA I think my 6800gt is dieing also... BUMMER!
    
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