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GPU caught fire, cant enter mobo bios

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Had a rather eventful evening with my pc. 

So, have a bit of info to share before getting to the issue. I got two computers, one that I use as my personal, and another one used as a server for a minecraft and gmod server, just a little hobby thing with friends. 

 

Now, my own pc dies while I was sleeping, as I started troubleshooting I came to the conclusion that my psu had died. I got worried that other parts might've gotten damaged, so i took the psu from the server pc and used it in my own to see if anything broke. Everything seemed to work fine and the pc booted without any issues. 

Due to me being a bit low on funds, I decided to just switch over and use the server pc as my main one, still treat it as a server, but add my gpu into it so I could at least join up and play with friends occasionally. This would be my temp solution until I had saved up for a fully new pc, my old pc needed an upgrade on ever part anyways. 

I decided to rebuild the server into my own case, as that case was a lot better and I could add some more fans. Moving everything over went smoothly and I felt confident that everything was done correctly. 

 

As I booted it up, the gpu caught fire instantly. Luckily I had the side panel off and quick access to a switch to break all power. I instantly did it, blew the tiny fire out and removed the gpu. On the surface nothing looked damaged, not even the gpu but it did have a burnt electricity smell. 

I decided to try and boot the pc up without the gpu, and as a relief I saw everything boot up, all fans turned on, screen turned on and no weird beeping sounds were made. Sadly thats where the next issue came. The pc now gets to the manufacture boot screen (asus in my case) and the instructions on how to enter bios shows up. After that nothing happens, it freezes in that screen. It wont boot up automatically, and I cant enter the bios as I get no reaction when pressing the keys on my keyboard. The keyboard do light up so I know its connected. After looking more closely on the mobo I can see the boot_device_led is glowing red.

 

After a lot of googling I have tried using other ram sticks, remove the cmos battery, boot without hdd, switch keyboard and usb ports, nothing. The pc still boots normally to the point of the asus windows, but after that it freezes and the boot device led turn on with a red light.

 

Any idea on what might be wrong? Can it possibly be fixed?

 

CPU: Intel Core i7 4790k
MOBO: ASUS Z97-a
RAM: 4x 4 GB Corsair Vengence 1 600 MHz
GPU: EVGA GTX 960 SC
PSU: Corsair VS 650

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unfortunately, a fire in your pc is never a good sign. it is usually caused by a short circuit or a large voltage surge. either ways it may have burnt or fried pcb traces in places more than your gpu. I would first start by throwing the GPU out of the window and replacing the motherboard. PSU seems pretty old so consider using a new one too.


Main Rig: CPU: Intel® Core™ i9-9900K Processor  /// Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra /// CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i PRO RGB /// GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC Black Edition GAMING /// RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB 32GB (4x8GB) 3000Mhz /// Chassis: Fractal Design Define R6 USB-C Blackout TG /// PSU: Corsair RM850x /// Storage: 500GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe (boot) + 512GB WD SN520 NVMe (Working Drive) + Seagate BarraCuda 2TB (Game Library) + Seagate BarraCuda 3TB (Mass Storage) /// OS: Windows 10 Pro

 

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HTPC: CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-4590S Processor  /// Motherboard: Asus H97M Plus /// CPU Cooler: Intel Stock Cooler /// GPU: Asus GTX 960 2G STRIX /// RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) 1600Mhz /// Chassis: Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L /// PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G+ /// Storage: 120GB SK Hynix SH920 SSD (boot) + Seagate BarraCuda 1TB (Game Library)  /// OS: Windows 10 Pro

 

Peripherals (HTPC): Mice: Logitech G603 Lightspeed /// Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus /// Monitor: Philips 42PFL4208 (42" 1080p TV) /// Speakers: Sonos Beam (Black)

 

Laptop (Asus UX430UN): CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-8550U Processor  /// Motherboard: Asus UX430UN /// CPU Cooler: Asus UX430UN /// GPU: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 /// RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) 2133Mhz /// Chassis: Asus UX430UN /// PSU: Asus ADP-65GD B AC Adapter /// Storage: 512GB SanDisk SD8SN8U512G1002 (boot) /// OS: Windows 10 Home

 

Peripherals I carry to school everyday because I cant take crappy membrane keyboards: Mice: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum /// Keyboard: CoolerMaster MasterKeys Pro L RGB - MX Blue

 

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Cameras: Bodies: Canon EOS R, Canon EOS-1D X, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Sony A6000 /// Lenses: Canon EF 24-70mm F/4L IS USM, Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L II USM, Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II USM, Sony SEL-P1650 E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS /// Flashes: 2x Canon Speedlite 580EXII /// Tripods: Leofoto LS-324C Carbon Fiber Tripod + Leofoto LH-40 Ballhead, Leofoto MC-80 Multipurpose Clamp /// Yes, I am a Canon Fanboy, deal with it

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Posted · Original PosterOP
7 minutes ago, berwynhan said:

unfortunately, a fire in your pc is never a good sign. it is usually caused by a short circuit or a large voltage surge. either ways it may have burnt or fried pcb traces in places more than your gpu. I would first start by throwing the GPU out of the window and replacing the motherboard. PSU seems pretty old so consider using a new one too.

Thank you very much for the quick reply, really appreciate you taking the time and trying to assist me! 

While the PSU might be an old and cheap model, it still quite new as I bought it 2 months ago. Everything else is rather old, just spare parts me and a friend and lying around. Felt bad if the mobo broke since that was not mine originally. 

But is there a way to tell if the PCB traces fried? I mean, it's rather confusing and hard to tell since everything start up rather normally. I can upload a video on it if that would help. 

 

Once again, thank you for replying. 

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26 minutes ago, Jettesnell said:

Thank you very much for the quick reply, really appreciate you taking the time and trying to assist me! 

While the PSU might be an old and cheap model, it still quite new as I bought it 2 months ago. Everything else is rather old, just spare parts me and a friend and lying around. Felt bad if the mobo broke since that was not mine originally. 

But is there a way to tell if the PCB traces fried? I mean, it's rather confusing and hard to tell since everything start up rather normally. I can upload a video on it if that would help. 

 

Once again, thank you for replying. 

some pcb traces are hard to see as they may be covered by some mobo components etc. but you can use a torchlight and shine along traces and look for burn marks. that is the easiest way to tell afaik.


Main Rig: CPU: Intel® Core™ i9-9900K Processor  /// Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra /// CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i PRO RGB /// GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC Black Edition GAMING /// RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB 32GB (4x8GB) 3000Mhz /// Chassis: Fractal Design Define R6 USB-C Blackout TG /// PSU: Corsair RM850x /// Storage: 500GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe (boot) + 512GB WD SN520 NVMe (Working Drive) + Seagate BarraCuda 2TB (Game Library) + Seagate BarraCuda 3TB (Mass Storage) /// OS: Windows 10 Pro

 

Peripherals (Main Rig): Mice: Logitech G603 Lightspeed /// Keyboard: Logitech G613 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard /// Tablet: Wacom Intuos M BT /// Monitor: 2x LG 27UL500-W (4K IPS Freesync) + Dell Ultrasharp U2312HM /// DAC: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 /// Speakers: Logitech Z625 /// Mic: Focusrite CM25 MkII /// Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50x /// Racing Wheel: Logitech G920 Driving Force with Shifter + Playseat® Revolution /// Printer: Canon imageCLASS MF635Cx /// External Drives: 500GB Samsung T5 SSD (Working Drive) + 1TB Seagate Backup Plus (Small Backups) + 500GB Seagate FreeAgent® GoFlexTM (Just for the GoFlex Sata adapter tbh)

 

HTPC: CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-4590S Processor  /// Motherboard: Asus H97M Plus /// CPU Cooler: Intel Stock Cooler /// GPU: Asus GTX 960 2G STRIX /// RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) 1600Mhz /// Chassis: Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L /// PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G+ /// Storage: 120GB SK Hynix SH920 SSD (boot) + Seagate BarraCuda 1TB (Game Library)  /// OS: Windows 10 Pro

 

Peripherals (HTPC): Mice: Logitech G603 Lightspeed /// Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus /// Monitor: Philips 42PFL4208 (42" 1080p TV) /// Speakers: Sonos Beam (Black)

 

Laptop (Asus UX430UN): CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-8550U Processor  /// Motherboard: Asus UX430UN /// CPU Cooler: Asus UX430UN /// GPU: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 /// RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) 2133Mhz /// Chassis: Asus UX430UN /// PSU: Asus ADP-65GD B AC Adapter /// Storage: 512GB SanDisk SD8SN8U512G1002 (boot) /// OS: Windows 10 Home

 

Peripherals I carry to school everyday because I cant take crappy membrane keyboards: Mice: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum /// Keyboard: CoolerMaster MasterKeys Pro L RGB - MX Blue

 

Other Tech: Console: Xbox One S 1TB /// Phone: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 128GB Midnight Black (Daily Driver) + Apple iPhone 8 Plus 64GB Space Grey /// Tablet: Apple iPad 9.7-inch Wi-Fi (2018) 32GB + Apple Pencil (1st Generation) /// Headphones: Jaybird RUN XT (Daily Driver), Klipsch R6i (When I forget to charge my Jaybirds), Samsung-AKG OEM IEMs (When I can't find my other IEMs)

 

Cameras: Bodies: Canon EOS R, Canon EOS-1D X, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Sony A6000 /// Lenses: Canon EF 24-70mm F/4L IS USM, Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L II USM, Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II USM, Sony SEL-P1650 E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS /// Flashes: 2x Canon Speedlite 580EXII /// Tripods: Leofoto LS-324C Carbon Fiber Tripod + Leofoto LH-40 Ballhead, Leofoto MC-80 Multipurpose Clamp /// Yes, I am a Canon Fanboy, deal with it

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Well I solved it somehow.

I had the keyboard connected before when I tried to start the pc, once I removed it, the pc suddenly worked.. I guess it thought my keyboard was a bootable usb, and it just got stuck in a loop or something. My gpu is probably toasted, not even gonna try it, but every other part seems undamaged. 

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