So on Sunday morning my daughter runs up to me and asks me why it “smells like fire.”
“Yes fire, weee, let’s find the fire! Fire fire fire, woohoo!”
Should I stop reading my book? Run? Panic? Let the house burn down, collect the insurance money, take a hippie name and start a farm?
After a couple of minutes we narrow down the fire smell to my office. Oh shit! I start smelling the backs of my computers, the power supply fans. “GOOD LORD NO!!! NOT MY COMPUTER, NO NO, BURN MY WIFE’S COMPUTER INSTEAD!!!”
Alas, it was my computer. But at least not the main computer, so I count my blessings. At this point I don’t even know what the hell burned, though the computer is dead (turns on, PSU fan comes up, nothing else). I open up the bugger and start looking for some blackened component but find none. No signs of damage. I start smelling all over the motherboard, hard drives, processor, snorting up all sorts of carcinogens and shortening my life by at least a couple years, but it’s all uniformly stinky as far as my nose can tell.
I always buy good power supplies, this one was a ~500W HIPER, sure looked high quality to me. You know, HIPER quality. I’ve never had anything like this before, so not sure what to think. I wonder if all components are damaged. Is this a PSU failure?