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post #21 of 219 (permalink) Old 01-24-2013, 12:41 PM - Thread Starter
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9 PM EST would be around ~ 2-3 AM in Britain (assuming a 5 hour time difference).
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Sorry M8 but I probably wont be around that time, Change your thread title to "Possible Burned Motherboard, How To Diagnose?"
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Yeah no problem, I wouldn't expect it. I changed it so hopefully I can get some help when I post the pictures!
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So the PSU has been sent and is on their way back, I think the CPU might have died due to overvoltage been fed into the VRMs

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So if the VRMs are burnt, the CPU is toast as well?
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Most of the time yes, but when this happens there could be 1, well masked damage, or quite a few clear ones and can be hard to identify, if something has interrupted smooth power to the CPU then there is quite a medium big chance it could be shot, have you got another motherboard around?

Could you take the remaining down a PC shop to get it accessed? They can tell you it quite quickly as they probably got PCIe debug lights and electricians at their service

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I will definitely try that out once I can test the new PSU (which got delayed, salt to the wound). I have a micro center nearby that can hopefully test it out. I have been reading online, however that burning the VRMs does produce a sharp smell, does the fact that I have not smelled anything from the motherboard be good news? And could the CPU still get shot if the VRMs aren't fried? (I know I'm asking a lot of questions, but this is my first DIY build and I'm going through some beginner pains, thanks for bearing with me)
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The case fans and natural slight breeze could have pushed the smell away or similar. but yes it could be considered good news. The CPU could still be shot if there was damage to the PSU as this would disturb the smooth power too. Dont worry about asking to many questions, as long as i know im helping il keep trying to answer smile.gif

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This is about as much as I'll know without looking at the motherboard again and without testing a PSU, at least I know what a mobo without a CPU working looks like (spent the first 10 hours of my PC's existence wondering why nothing was being output before I realized that I had forgotten to plug in the CPU power connector) so that'll be an easy test hopefully. You've been a great help! thumb.gif I'll update it tomorrow (whenever the PSU comes) with the results of my testing.
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Good luck M8, No one like to witness their Pc go away... malfunctioning anyway...

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