Causing short circuit on a motherboard produces undesirable results
Posted on 2004-10-11
Two days ago I did something very stupid and to this day I wonder why I did it! I was replacing the chipset fan with the computer still ON(!!) and the two metal connectors (I had removed the plastic plug) touched each other, there was a spark and the computer turned off.
I tried to turn it on again, but it would turn off automatically 3 seconds later.
I was despaired so I left it off and left the room. Later I tried it again and to my surprise it booted properly and Windows started loading.
I logged in but then the PC froze. Resetting the computer and trying again, finally got me inside Windows. Everything seemed to work fine, but a few seconds later it froze again. A new reset and login and I was back.
Ever since my ingenious replacement, when I went to Windows GigaStudio would ask me if I wanted to disable all GigaStudio related drivers and I clicked on YES, thinking that since I'm recovering from such a problem last thing I need is GigaStudio. I don't know if it's related, but every time I'd disable the drivers the PC would freeze later on.
If I never clicked anything on that dialog box or even NO, the computer would work properly (by that I mean that it wouldn't freeze, I didn't try it for any real use).
I tried playing a song with Winamp, and it froze again. This is where I gave up.
That made me wonder if my sound card was at fault somehow, although it didn't seem very likely. I think that I have utterly destroyed the motherboard, although I can't prove it.
Thank you in advance!