Mobo or Cpu Fried?

By mokaboy
Dec 12, 2006
  1. Hello,

    I have a problem.... Need some advice...

    Basically by accident i kicked my pc while it was on which resulted it in turning off? I tried turning it back on with no luck so i took it apart and reseated CPU (i wish i didnt now) and made sure everything was connected. I then turned the computer on but smelt burning so i turned it st8 off. The comptuer will now turn on but will no post... i wana know what needs replacing, the MOBO or the CPU or what to do next? I do not have a mate who has another AMD64 system i can test the cpu with.

    Computer is a

    AMD64 3400+ Newcastle Core
    512mb RAM
    80 Sata
    Gigabyte K8800? something like that nothing special
  2. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,483

    what happens most often in cases like this is the motherboard is damaged. often times, a hairline fracture will occur, which is invisible to the naked eye but can render the board useless. if you have no spare parts to test, i recommend taking the box to a local PC repair shop, where they can interchange working parts to determine what broke.

    usually, when a running machine is kicked, knocked over, or dropped (i've seen all 3 happen plenty of times), the hard drive is destroyed. but first, you should turn you attentions to getting the system to POST.
  3. mokaboy

    mokaboy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 251

    ok to make it post, other than going to a repair shop what do you most likely think it is? mobo or cpu? i can buy either of these and if its not i can take it back. Christmas is obviously coming soon so i wanna get it done. :) mobo or cpu? im guessing/hoping mobo.
  4. Jimbeau

    Jimbeau TS Rookie Posts: 22

    I'd start by buying & trying a mobo, because they are cheaper than CPU's.
  5. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,483

    i'd say there's a high probability that the mobo went bad.
  6. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,438

    How do you accedently kick your computer? :haha:

    well It's probably a Mobo problem because those things are fragile ( when you kick them :D ) so a part probably got disconnected or something like that
  7. rmdl51

    rmdl51 TS Maniac Posts: 368

    LOL been there!!
    I accidentally kicked my computer so many times but I guess mine is a little bit more resistant :p . At work I hit a working computer with my arm, not really a big deal but it freeze, so when I tried to restart, won't POST and smells burned, so I take a look at the components and one of the components melted on the MOBO, the problem was that MOBO wasn't very well secured and it moved and I guess it made ground contact or something and short circuit that component.
    Well like everybody else said, try MOBO first, I know newer intel CPU's shut down itselfs if they are at burning risk. but i guess is not the same for AMD's
  8. patrickeriksson

    patrickeriksson TS Rookie

    What HSF do you have? The reason why I am asking is because if you have a heavy aftermarket one there is a small chance that the CPU got damaged if you kicked it. The weight and leverage of the heatsink can actually crack the core.
  9. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,483

    doubtful. if anything happened involving the heatsink, the socket or mobo would probably be damaged instead.
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