I just upgraded the motherboard and mem & cpu in my PC from an Athlon 900 mHz
to and Athlon 2400 mHz. Nothing extraordinary, here. Done the same sorts of things
at home & work hundreds of times.
This time, tho, I plugged PC in AND DID NOT HAVE POWER ON and heard a capicitor
pop, smoke pour out of the PC and a whole lot of nothingness. I did not power it up
yet because I had not plugged mouse or KB in yet.
I got new case. plopped in that new MB & mem, and got a whole lot of nothing.
I removed new board, put in the old one with the original video and nothing.
Got new video card, still nothing.
Here is the questions:
I had a 250 watt power supply. Given that I had not turned power on, is it still possible
that it blew because of that (vs a 300 watt PS)?
What are the odds that the board\CPU had a malfunction that would cause this?
Could this have blown the MONITOR? I expected to see the boot stuff from the old board
when I reinstalled it in the new case with the new video card, but nothing showed.
Oh, yeah, the hard drives were backed up (WHEW)
Final ? - I can kiss all of the cards goodbye, eh?