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KeithDee says

Hey,

I gotta problem. Yesterday, my mum was vacuuming under my desk, when she snapped the cable for my mouse.

2 minutes (literally) later, my computer dies, and my whole house fuses.

So my dad and I take it into a computer shop, thinking that the power supply had blown. We checked back today to find that the computer had totally busted, and that the motherboard ‘blew up’. The guy from the shop explained that the graphics card fan wasn’t working properly and that that may have overheated the computer, causing the motherboard to overheat and then die.

Weird thing is, the fan on the graphics card was never really working properly, and I’ve fixed it many times. Even when the fan wasn’t working, my motherboard never failed because of it.

So, I was wondering if you guys had any thoughts on it. I know it couldn’t be the graphics card alone, since that’s been going on for ages.

Coincidence or linked? Mouse cable snapping, and 2 mins later my computer is busted.

Cheers, Keith.

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blabus says

Not really sure of the cause, but the positive in this is that it’s an excuse to buy a Mac! :D

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KeithDee says
Not really sure of the cause, but the positive in this is that it’s an excuse to buy a Mac! :D

Trust me, the day I can afford a mac I will :D

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jremick Staff says

When the mouse cable was snapped it could have nudged the internals of the computer enough to dislodge some dust buildup and get the graphics card fan stuck or something. I highly doubt it would’ve caused the motherboard to die as well though.

No better time to get a Mac. ;-)

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KeithDee says
When the mouse cable was snapped it could have nudged the internals of the computer enough to dislodge some dust buildup and get the graphics card fan stuck or something. I highly doubt it would’ve caused the motherboard to die as well though. No better time to get a Mac. ;-)

I was thinking that maybe the graphics card was already hot, no overheating, and the mouse break just nudged the heat up that little bit?

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TutelageSystems says

Is your computer on the floor with a bunch of carpet? (Possible Static Electricity)?

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KeithDee says
Is your computer on the floor with a bunch of carpet? (Possible Static Electricity)?

Actually, yes, it is.

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jremick Staff says
I was thinking that maybe the graphics card was already hot, no overheating, and the mouse break just nudged the heat up that little bit?

That probably wouldn’t cause a heat increase unless it caused one of the fans to stop working or something.

Also, with your computer on the floor, it will 1) collect more dirt and dust and 2) shouldn’t be effected by static because the case is usually used as a form of grounding.

If you have some other computer parts you could swap them out and figure out what exactly is broken and what isn’t and see if the guys at the computer shop were right or not.

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