posted on Oct, 27 2018 @ 11:07 AM
I´ve experienced some problems the last days while in win7, one of them being the message that my RAM is running low. I smelled trouble coming up and
expected either the new graphic card or the RAM. It was a bit strange that the graphics card would be around 65°C without any load at times. No
problems running ubuntu or debian. Problems with visualstudio, photoshop and most other RAM demanding applications. SNAP litterally was the last straw
on the camels back and I decided to run a MemTest, in the hopes it would not be the graphics card.
So 10 minutes ago, I´m sitting here running 8 instances of memtest to check my RAM. I allocated each instance to an own core to max out the CPU and
not have it cross-handle 8 instances. As I sit there watching all cores hit 100% I´m thinking to myself "I´ve actually never seen this (all cores
showing 100%). I wondered why the hell it´s so silent as I expected the CPU fan to come into rage mode every second. But it was way too silent. A
short moment later all screens went down and started to flicker trying to aquire a signal, going through their input channels. Like the machine
rebooted but it did not reboot because it came back long anouth to see the desktop. It took me about 2-3 seconds to realize what was going on.
I jumped up, grabbed the handle of the sidepanel and tossed it away into the room . Because it was a bit dark inside the room, I touched the middle of
the fan slightly to check if it´s running. It did not!!! I flicked the switch on the backside of the PS and grabbed after the CPU fan´s cablecord
just to burn myself instantly on the cooling rips. Hot "new mainboard"-smelly air greeted me, too. The cooler was untouchable, it was radiating heat
and the power supply case was also nearly untouchable but the lesser evil so I pressed my hand against while trying to plug in the fan..
The cooler is an Enermax ETS-T40-TB, huge thing even in a bigtower and you only have a small space to reach towards the pin-header when it´s mounted.
I burned myself several times until I decided I need more light and had to run for the lightswitch. It took me a few seconds to fumble the nosed 4pin
plug onto the header after that. I figured it would be best to turn the machine back on and boot into bios the check the CPU core temp and mainly, to
have the fan running. As soon as the the fan came alive, a hot gust of air escaped the cooler.
When I saw the BIOS GUI slowly building up pixelblock for pixelblock, I thought damn it I lost my CPU and maybe mainboard, too. The temp was showing
96°C rapidly descending about 0,5°C/second.
Why was it unplugged?
Two weeks(!) ago I unmounted the fan on my CPU cooler to vacuum the whole tower, including the cooler fins. Shortly before I finished, I got disturbed
and decided to at least fumble the clamps onto the cooler and then go answer the door.
When I came back an hour later, I put away the vacuum cleaner and closed the side hatch of my chieftech. That´s when I forgot to plug in the CPU fan
into the mainboard.
I should have gone back to my stuff the second I closed the door and just say "no, I´m sorry I don´t have time for that right now". At least it
seems there is no permanent damage.