Burning smell upgrading RAM

By davidflynn12
Apr 16, 2011
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  1. Updated memory on Diemension dell 1100. Put the sticks in wrong way. Turned on, no action
    but a burning smell. Powered down and inserted chips correctly. PC ok now but would there have been any
    permanent damage and is there a remote risk of the PC going on fire ?
  2. Coodu

    Coodu TS Booster Posts: 173

    It's hard to see without me seeing it personally. If it's working OK now I'd continue to use it as normal. However obviously they're not designed to work with backwards memory hehe.

    I'd do a backup of your data just in case, and then keep an eye on things and see how it goes. I doubt the machine will catch on fire. Check the motherboard for any signs of blown capacitors or scorch marks maybe?

    Can't remember the last time I dealt with improperly installed memory and then tried to boot so sorry I can't offer up more suggestions.
  3. davidflynn12

    davidflynn12 TS Member Topic Starter

    Would you think the hard drive was damaged ? and even the CPU in such a scenario ?

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