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Old 10-26-2014, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Going to be doing some testing for a friend and see what happened to his computer as he puts it,
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you a hear a crack, see a spark, and smell burning metal/wires.
Talked to him a little and i'll be doing work to find out what the issue is. As of right now the only ideas I have will be just switching hardware around to find the problem. I do have a multimeter i'm assuming I can use but don't know of any tests, I am not by an means an engineer.

What sort of tests can I do with a multimeter, if any, to help troubleshoot the issue?
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You probably won't need a multimeter... If there's burning smell, then you'll want to look for burnt traces/melted wires (before turning it on) and see what wires are burnt.

My guess is PSU, without much info.
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I agree that power supplies make the most snaps, crackles and pops with frying wires more than any other component you have in there
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Same thoughts as me, glad to know I was on the right track. I assumed psu or motherboard right away. Would there ever be burnt marks or spots on the connectors or would it just be the wires that are damaged?
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All depends on what fried/started to fry... You'll just have to physically inspect what is/was damaged when you check it out.
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unplug your pc, open up the case to check it out and sniff near the rear exhaust fan on the power supply....you'll know right away
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Thought I would follow through since I started the thread. It was a blown fuse, looked like the one on the far right. Ordered a new psu for him that should last for the next few years.

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