What is overheating?


I recently noticed a burning smell coming from my computer. I gutted out my system and looked for any wires that looked like they were melting or anything. The only thing I could find ware two cold cathode light tubes that were melting and the ends. I took them out and reinstalled everything but it is still producing this smell. I'm not sure what to do now. I was thinking it could be a fan going out or maybe my power supply. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Truett Opdahl


This question was answered on June 15, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Overheating is when a metal or alloy to such a high temperature that its properties are impaired When the original properties cannot be restored by further heat treating, by mechanical working, or by a combination of working and heat treating, the overheating is known as burning.

Will if you pc is still running and powers up you might want to check the fan for burn out...Or maybe your pc is just over heating It could be many things

It also depends on where exactly is the smell coming from? If you figure out where exactly the smoke smell it coming from you can determine what componet it is that is causing the smell The cold cathode light are usually melted at the ends so i'm positive it's not the lights.

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