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Frode explodes

One of the machines in the lab decided to give up the ghost sometime in the past 10 days though it certainly went with a bang.

This machine wasn’t attended to very often so when I saw it was off, I turned it back on and was almost engulfed in grey smoke and the stench of burning silicon. What had happened is that sometime earlier there was a coolant leak from the watercooling system which had led to the machine originally being switched off. The cause of all this smoke however was that some was still residing in the case (though a lot of it made it’s way onto the floor) and passing electricity through it meant death, very quickly to some components.

The one which bore the brunt of the damage was an Adaptec 29360 SCSI card. The card itself is only a 20-30 quid replacement on eBay but the PCI slot it was parked in also was full of coolant so while the motherboard may be okay I would rather not take the risk. So we’ve got one useless motherboard and one very dead SCSI card. Check out the pictures.

This computer was mainly used for the odd bit of gaming (the CPU was a Core2Duo 8400 (3.0GHz), 8GB RAM, couple of SCSI drives and a NVIDIA 8800GTX video card. I’m trying to salvage the video card by replacing the watercooling block and putting in an Arctic Cooler thing which I’ll post about when it arrives.

The smell of burning silicon is extremely painful.

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