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ocz psu blown capacitor exploded lots of white toxic smoke just not my week

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#1 Praetor

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:08

So, like the thread title says: my power-horse computer died because it's PSU just exploded. :angry:
Wifey was using the Windows 7 calculator when suddenly i heard a LOUD sound (i was in the next room and i sounded like something heavy felt into the floor); came right fast and saw, for my horror, lots of white smoke coming from every vent of the case...

 

i immediately check what happened (i asked wifey if she divided by zero :rofl:) and saw electrolytic liquid everywhere in the mainboard, cpu heatsinker, case plexiglass window (checked the PSU and it was still hot and had the power filter capacitor blown off - it was an OCZ SteathXstreamer 600W)..

 

i've spend the whole afternoon cleaning the case, the mainboard and everything to ensure there was not a single bit of electrolytic fluid laying around.

 

so finally i've powered on the mainboard (Asus M4A89GTD Pro) because i had an extra PSU hanging around (Corsair CS600W; just tested last month, working great) but only the green LED turns on; if i power on the button the CPU fan turns on and them OFF, while the mainboard Green LED is still on.

 

i've removed everything (ssd, memories, gfx card, etc.), just left the psu connected to the mainboard and still the same symthoms; CPU fan turns on then off in just a couple of seconds.

 

i think the mainboard is dead; hopefully it's just the PSU and the mainboard, because if it was the HDDs/SSDs, CPU and gfx card...it's gonna be expensive to fix.

 

btw: no warranty as i had that PSU since 2008 (almost sure) and the whole system i built in 2010.




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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:20

Sounds like terrorism

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:21

I had the exact same thing happen to me.  You need reset your CMOS. A quick 5 minute fix  ;)



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:24

If she was using the Windows 7 calculator, I would like to know what kind of calculation she was doing to make the PSU explode.



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:30

Perhaps the cooling fan in the power supply failed and caused it to overheat, or maybe just a faulty capacitor. I've never had one explode but I did have a power supply fan go out once and it overheated and smelled like the computer was on fire. Hope you can salvage it; I would test the video card, RAM and drives in a working computer. Sounds like the motherboard may have been damaged unfortunately. Maybe try reseating the RAM and double check all your cables (I once forgot to plug in the Aux CPU power connector and couldn't figure out why my system wouldn't boot up).



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:38

My theory of a self-destruct code in Windows 7 calculator has been proven to be true. :laugh:



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:40

Reminds me of this movie:
 
<snip> Profanity in anti-hotlinking image.
 
Pressing a key, KABOOM!

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:48

I guessed OCZ from the title.

 

If fans keep moving without display, Try removing RAM chips. Clean their ends and swap them while inserting back. This is the very basic thing which works for me and others everytime. If not then you have a bad motherboard or graphics card.



#9 OP Praetor

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:52

If she was using the Windows 7 calculator, I would like to know what kind of calculation she was doing to make the PSU explode.

 

i asked her if she divided by zero...she looked at me like "really?" :laugh:

 

I had the exact same thing happen to me.  You need reset your CMOS. A quick 5 minute fix  ;)

 

did that; still no go. I even removed the board from the case fearing a short might avoid powering on, but i really think it's dead.

 

Perhaps the cooling fan in the power supply failed and caused it to overheat, or maybe just a faulty capacitor. I've never had one explode but I did have a power supply fan go out once and it overheated and smelled like the computer was on fire. Hope you can salvage it; I would test the video card, RAM and drives in a working computer. Sounds like the motherboard may have been damaged unfortunately. Maybe try reseating the RAM and double check all your cables (I once forgot to plug in the Aux CPU power connector and couldn't figure out why my system wouldn't boot up).

 

my best bet. i once saw this exact situation, but it was in 2005 and it was a very crappy PSU (mind you that now OCZ PSU are having a high failure ratio; back when i bought this one it was a very good one indeed); back then almost all the components died with the PSU, so i hope this is not the case :s :cry: :angry:

Also i've done the reseating of all the components and cables; sounds like the board is dead. :/


I guessed OCZ from the title.

 

If fans keep moving without display, Try removing RAM chips. Clean their ends and swap them while inserting back. This is the very basic thing which works for me and others everytime. If not then you have a bad motherboard or graphics card.

 

right now only one RAM DIMM is inserted but the behavior is the same with or without the RAM (doesn't matter which one i put, it's same). most likely a dead mainboard :/



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:51

If you're mainboard, cpu, ram , etc was hosed due to that PSU, I'd fire off an email to OCZ and see what happens. Never know, you might get new components.



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 01:56

(i asked wifey if she divided by zero :rofl:)

 

Did she?



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 02:30

Did she?

 

lol no because everybody knows that if someone divides by zero then the world would explode, not just my PSU :laugh:



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 02:37

Pics of the explosion pls.



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 02:50

If you aren't getting any POST beeps regardless of RAM being in there.. I am sorry but...

 

 

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 03:19

Pics of the explosion pls.

 

i have pics of the PSU, right now is in the trash.

 

If you aren't getting any POST beeps regardless of RAM being in there.. I am sorry but...

 

yeah, i expected that. Gonna call Asus support tomorrow morning to see if the warranty covers this.