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So not my day

For a while, I was smelling something odd and burny, but figured it was the heater.

Nope. Not at all.

My CPU (which is kept in a cubby in my desk) started spewing *smoke*. Now, the computer was working fine at that point, but, well. When that happens, you shut down fast and call your computer guy, which I did.

The cpu has been unplugged and is sitting on my desk. I could not, even with help, open the case and I can't get the cable connection out.

And it smells most unpleasant in here.

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Oh, dear. A Magic Smoke leak. Glad you didn't get hurt; sorry to hear about the meltdown.

(Apparently I missed one in my office last week, when a monitor suddenly spewed sparks before catching on fire. I'm just as happy to live without the excitement.)

We have had these computers since 2002...

*refrains from telling the ancient joke about what time a clock out the window tells*

Good luck replacing the machine (and enjoy the new one, if they spring for one. New hardware is fun to play with, if you don't get stuck with Vista and Office 2007).

Yeah, given how well things are going.

It's the only cpu with a CD burner, too.

You might well be able to salvage the burner (and maybe the RAM, the hard drive, or other components). See if you can get someone competent to dissect the corpse, and if you can identify the specific harm, try to keep the other pieces for the office. (Especially if the other machines are identical, or nearly so; then you can either augment one or more of their RAM, or at least see about placing the burner into a different machine, on the theory that if it was necessary before, it still is now.)

Still, stuff like this is a pain until it's fixed. Good luck.

Say goodbye to your computer - it't out of magic smoke

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_smoke

Re: Say goodbye to your computer - it't out of magic smoke

My boss is NOT going to be happy.

Sounds like a good day to knock off early and go bed.

I can still answer the phone.

...until it explodes.

Hopefully its something easy to replace for your company tech.

Good luck on getting the computer disconnected.