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    Monitor shorted out, computer fried

    Today, my mom turned on my computer, she went into the other room, and almost immediately she heard a crackling noise, and a few minutes after she smelled burning. She ran into the room to find the monitor blacked out, and she turned off the computer. We thought the monitor was just old, and so it fried, so we brought another monitor up, hooked it up, everything was fine. Then 3 hours go by, and we smell burning, so we turn it off. The monitor didn't short out this time, but still, something is shorting out, and burning in the computer, and I don't have the slightest idea of what. And my dad is reluctant to buy a new monitor because we think it's just going to break again.

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    Re: Monitor shorted out, computer fried

    Could be several things, even something like a froggy power supply. What type computer do you have, do you have a video card, is it PCI or AGP, and does anything else come on? Chances are that you do not have two monitors both of which have gone haywire.

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    Re: Monitor shorted out, computer fried

    The computer has a Radeon 32mb card, which is an AGP. We built the computer, using some previous components from a Micron we used to have. The monitor was one of them. We constantly upgraded memory, (512 mb now (PNY brand), the motherboard, we upgraded to a 1.5 GHz AMD 1800+. We have two 80GB hard drives (Maxtor), and that is probably it for important hardware; but to add on to what i already listed, we got a new tower for everything with 3 fans - so it obviously didn't overheat. What did you mean by a froggy power supply?

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    Re: Monitor shorted out, computer fried

    By "froggy" I meant that the power supply might have problems. On occasion I have had power supply fans which would intermittently work and then not work...i.e...could turn the computer off for a couple of hours, let it cool down, turn it back on and it would work for a while then quit, fail to reboot, etc.

    I would check the power supply fan first, and then start with a new AGP card since they are relatively cheap

    Does anything else come on...power supply fan, case lights, etc...does it post with the new monitor hooked up? I once (and still have it) found an AMD 1800 to be the culprit after changing the motherboard several times along with a bunch of the other hardware.

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    Re: Monitor shorted out, computer fried

    Well see, the irony is that the first time it "fried," the computer did remain on. It was the monitor that seemed to short-circuit and was primerily destroyed. The new monitor (which is actually older than the previous one) did not break when the computer started to smoke. So nothing seems to be broken yet, except for the first monitor, but it has burned out twice, where smoke would come out of it. Or I would smell it at least; once with the old monitor, and once with the new.

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    Re: Monitor shorted out, computer fried

    Well, if the computer case is smoking, then I would check the power supply first since that is the single largest source of electrical manipulation...overloading other components would most probably burn the trace on the board once and then quit working. Poof!

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    Re: Monitor shorted out, computer fried

    I have heard some horror stories about AMD's. But let's think about this . If your monitor blew up and lets say it sent out a power surge, it would hit your video card. And I don't see it going much further then that within your system board . (not to say it can't) But if your video card is still working ,you might want to check your wall socket and make sure you don't have some problems there. You can mess things up pretty good with bad wiring. Just a thought.

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    Re: Monitor shorted out, computer fried

    I'd check Power supply, then video card in that order. BTW, if the monitor definitely had smoke coming out of it, DON'T try to plug it in again. Once smoked it will stay smoked. If the PS went south, then the possibilty of damage to the MB is good(?) I agree with Cowboy that if the video card went, PROBABLY the MB survived.
    I once blew out an old monitor i had laying around because I stupidly forgot that it was a EGA and plugged it in a VGA card ! (smoke and flames from the monitor but all else survived) WHEW ! <img src=/S/meltdown.gif border=0 alt=meltdown width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Monitor shorted out, computer fried

    Just to give you an idea of what the electrical can do.... we had an office at work where the wiring wasn't sound. One day, the keyboard caught on fire. Couldn't figure out why until we had an electrican check things out.

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    Re: Monitor shorted out, computer fried

    Yep . A good Computer Tech. will always check the indoor wiring on a problem such as this. The computer itself did not burn up your monitor. So I would go from the monitor back to the next source [ wall outlet ]

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    Re: Monitor shorted out, computer fried

    Is the system on a UPC?
    Is the monitor plugged into a UPC?

    Power surges could be a factor.

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    Re: Monitor shorted out, computer fried

    I am bringing it into a proffesional, since we bought the tower (case) and put everything in it, i have a feeling that the power supply was real crappy, so we're going to buy a new power supply, and then a new video card. Thank you for all the help!
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