In just this week alone ive already taken my pc to the same place to get it fixed 3 times.
First, i was just casualy playing and then i smell this AWFUL smell coming out of my computer.I imeddiantly turned it off because i thought it might be over heating. So i take it to the place and they repaired and said it was my PSU and gave me a new one for free.
about 2 days later, I was playing casualy again and all of a sudden the thing just shut down & wont turn back on.. and i smelled a weird smell again but it wasnt the same as last time. So i bring it in again and they said that i didnt have my harddrive in the right position and it was causing a short circuit. So they placed it in a different spot and gave me another new PSU for free because my orginal PSU was a 480W and the first time they only gave me a 400W.
about 3-4 hours later the thing just shuts down again and wont turn back on. Its the same thing over again i smelled the same scent again!. Now im just fed up with taking it over there because they said nexttime it breaks they wont repair it for free.
THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING! Everytime i bring it home the same thing happens again! And now there going to charge me?! I dont think so.
Thats why i have come here. Do any of u think u know whats up with my PC? The ppl said it wasnt an overheating problem but right now im going to listen much more to what u ppl say instead of those idiots in downtown...
BTW: Im using my parents pc to post this, since mine wont turn on....
Wow, that's stupid. They "repaired" it twice, and still the same problem? Wow. That is kind of stupid.
There is obviously something wrong with it, the smell, the crashing...
Maybe post your system specs, if you remember them?
Odor comming from tech equipment is usually not good :p
Im not sure how laws protect the concumer in your country, I thought it would have been normal for you to get the "repairs" for free regardless of how many times youv returned it.
My system specs were...
2GB of Kingston ram at 400MHz (4x 512MB sticks)
80GB Western Digital Harddrive + 200GB Western Digital Harddrive (both at 7200 RPM)
P4 3.0Ghz proccessor
ATI Saphirre X800 XT AGP Vid card
And ive got ALOT of fans in there so i dont know why things would over heat... I think i have 5-7 fans cause my pc is loud as hell.
Things in your PC that cause a burning smell when damaged/overheating:
- Some graphics cards
I'd say it was your PSU - go and buy one from a different store, and see if you get the same problem. Also, if/when you get it back up, do a voltage check on the motherboard - if the PSU fucks up and starts spewing current into the motherboard, it's likely that some voltage-sensitive components got damaged. This happened to me a few months back, it's a right pain in the arse.
Im probably gonna go out in about half an hour or so to get a new PSU. Any that u suggest? All i want is that its 480W or more..
I'd recommend a decent branded one if you can. They tend to be more reliable than those cheap £10 600W PSUs - they can also sustain a high power draw for a longer time. Asus, Enermax, Coolermaster and Antec are ones to look out for.
It is unusual that 3 PSUs stop working immediately. I'd say something is wrong with your mobo. Sometimes an old harddisk can also cause such problems but it is less likely. You can also try to search for metallic parts which shouldn't be in your PC, maybe a screw got stuck and causes the problems.
And don't get fooled by that shopkeeper, he has no right to refuse the repair as long as he can't prove that you are responsible for the damage. In this case it is rather obvious that he didn't find the damage when he "repaired" your PC, so he has to come up with as many new PSUs as it takes :)