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Help is my computer fried?

I was building a new computer and slapped all the parts together. Once I was finished I started installing windows XP. The computer had been on for a total of about 6 minutes when it just shut off. Now I can't get it to turn back on. My motherboard has a green light glowing on it and the powersuppply works in other computers. There seemed to be a burnt electrical smell coming out of the power supply but I have verified that it works in other machines. Is my machine done for? Is it a particular part? Help!

Aaron
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Teethmonkey
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SunBowCommented:
OK, You are toast, I agree. Probably shorting or running too many volts. But how are the fans? They are required, and just might have similar odor. They're cheaper than PS.
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TeethmonkeyAuthor Commented:
My PS is toast? Or the whole machine? I think your right about the extra volts. I'm in a new house that may not have very conditioned elcetricity
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TeethmonkeyAuthor Commented:
My PS is toast? Or the whole machine? I think your right about the extra volts. I'm in a new house that may not have very conditioned elcetricity
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TeethmonkeyAuthor Commented:
My PS is toast? Or the whole machine? I think your right about the extra volts. I'm in a new house that may not have very conditioned elcetricity
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TeethmonkeyAuthor Commented:
The power supply will "lightup the fans" for a split second every now and then when I try to turn the power on if this helps as a clue.
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drcspyCommented:
seen this before..........take a GOOD look at the mobo to see if any capacitors look kinda 'bulgy' at the top ends .....if they do they need to be replaced......
if they look alright then there is some definite problem with the motherboard......how many watts is your powersupply and did you insulate the mobo from the case ?
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TeethmonkeyAuthor Commented:
I did not insulate it from the case, only separated with screws. I do not see any bulgy capacitors. DO you think it is something I did or do you think the motherboard was bad to begin with. Maybe I wronged somebody and I didn't even know it. Maybe this is some kind of punishment for trying to install a copied windows XP disk.
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drcspyCommented:
well some motherboards need to be insulated from teh case......i cant tell you wether or not yours shoulda been......
good that no capaciators are bulging

thinking......listening.......
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TeethmonkeyAuthor Commented:
it's in an all alumininum case, I pulle dit out and set  it on top of a manilla envelope and the tried to turn it on but with no luck no change :-(
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drcspyCommented:
yeh.....hmmm....coulda burnt out some microminiturised components by now tho.......

pull everything off the mobo cept the vid card (unless thats onboard) and the cpu and ram......start it with only the very basics.........
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TeethmonkeyAuthor Commented:
I think I will exchange the MOBO for another, can you think of anythign I could have done wrong other than not insulating it?
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TeethmonkeyAuthor Commented:
Yeah I tried that, power flicks on for a second and then nothing :-(
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potsyCommented:
It is possible that it is the motherboard, but I would suspect the power supply first, just because it works on another system doesn't mean that it is outputing enough power for the current system.  I have a stack of about 50 power supplies that I would consider marginal they work for a while then quit, or they work in some systems and not others...   If you go to your local best buy or circut city you should be able to buy a good quality replacement one and if it is not the problem should be able to return it.  On the other hand, motherboards are not as easy to find a compatible and the return policy is usually much more stringent on them.

Steve
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TeethmonkeyAuthor Commented:
I figure drcspy is right. I have some good power supplys that will not power the machine. I think it has to be the MOBO. I will see if I can return it and get another. :-(
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brad051380Commented:
how does the port where the pwr supply plugs into mobo look?
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TeethmonkeyAuthor Commented:
looks fine
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drcspyCommented:
:-)
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