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Magic Smoke, Go to the sky!
comment 5 Written by on May 25, 2010 – 9:01 pm

I got back from my whirlwind trip around Texas on Monday night, and before long I was happily logged in, enjoying some RP time and plotting blog posts for this week.

Unfortunately, it was not to last.

Sometime between last night when I logged out and this morning when I came in to check my email, the magic smoke escaped from my computer, and it will not turn on.

Well, that’s not technically true.

It turns on sometimes – but not always – long enough to start up the fans, but the monitor remains blank and it never loads the Motherboard/BIOS/Anything. We’re slowly trying to figure out what is wrong with it, and what part needs replacing (as of right now it’s likely either the Motherboard or the CPU… but it might be the power supply or RAM too). This has included the purchase of a multimeter, because we don’t have enough random spare parts to just plug random stuff in and see if it starts up. (SSH is not displeased with that purchase, as he’s dragged me over to look at multimeters every time we go to the electronics store. XD)

Anyhow, I’m out of game for awhile, most likely. We have to figure out what’s wrong, and then order a new part and wait for it to be delivered. My laptop SHOULD be functional tomorrow, so I’ll have online access, but that’s really kind of it, as Mr. Laptop does not possess the requisite mojo to run WoW. This, sadly, means fewer blog posts for a little while longer, but I’ll do my best to toss something up here when I can. SSH has my desktop in surgery right now, so here’s hoping we figure out (quickly) what’s wrong.

Grrr. It never rains but it pours, right?


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5 Responses to “Magic Smoke, Go to the sky!”

  1. “That might have been, I dunno, a bad noise. I’m releasing the mysterious blue smoke here. The problem is once you release the mysterious blue smoke, electronics don’t work anymore.” — Adam Savage, Mythbusters.

    Really sorry to hear this, Anna. I’m hoping your computer makes a speedy recovery/is repaired quickly and be back up online soon.

    By Sean Riley on May 26, 2010 | Reply
  2. Anna,

    I strongly suggest checking the CMOS battery. If you’re up for it (get SSH to help ya if you’re not!) make sure the battery is seated firmly in the socket. If that still fails, it may be a dead battery. You should be able to pick a new one up for under $10 at your local electronics store.

    Fans spinning up, but no POST from the BIOS usually indicates battery problems with the CMOS. I’ve had that happen several times to me.

    Good luck! 🙂

    By Akkivvitt on May 26, 2010 | Reply
  3. Pulled my blog from the post cause it contains verboten spoilers my last one was about why Wow is not socially acceptable though. I think that is okay. http://arkslaw.blogspot.com/2010/05/tribalism-and-why-wow-is-not-socially.html

    Anyway I hope your computer was not wearing a redshirt. Otherwise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH7KYmGnj40

    By Arkaneena on May 26, 2010 | Reply
  4. Hrmm, sounds like powersupply or mobo to me, a bad processor or mother board and you should at LEAST be getting beep codes from the mobo

    By Raider on May 27, 2010 | Reply
  5. and i can’t figure out how to edit, so sorry for the double post…

    i meant a bad processor or RAM will usually give at least a beep code. If you have a multimeter, testing th power supply isn’t that hard, it’s just a bit unusual. ATX power supplies need a signal from the motherboard to turn on, but you can fake it out by jumping a couple pins in the big connector, which will allow you to check the voltages on the other pins to see if they’re outputting the correct voltages.

    a quick google search pulled up


    which has the connector diagram and steps to trick the power supply into turning on.


    has some better instruction on actually testing the power supply but he tells you to put the test leads in the BACK of the connector with it connected to the mobo, which i’m not too hot on, especially if your having trouble getting it to turn on to begin with. I’d jump the pins they talk about in the first link and then do the voltage check described in the second.

    You can also check the voltage of your cmos battery, it should say on it what it’s supposed to be.

    After that i’d start pulling RAM sticks. pull em all out, put ONE i nthe first slot, and see if it will boot. If not move it to the next slot and try. keep going till you’ve tried all your slots, then take that stick out and try with the next stick.

    If none of this has narrowed down your problem, it’s pretty much ‘shotgun maintenance’ time, throwing parts at it till it works…


    By Raider on May 27, 2010 | Reply

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