Computer froze up, emitted melting plastic smell, but now works fine.
February 1, 2014 8:10 PM Subscribe
So, I have a PC. It was custom built by some guy but is nothing special. Runs XP, has a hard drive, etc. Earlier today I used it for 2-3 hours and then shut it down. It emitted a serious melting plastic smell that stunk up half the house, and it froze on the shutdown screen--the mouse would not move. I freaked out and unplugged it. There was no smoke or anything visible, and there were no sounds of any sort.
I opened it up and nothing looks amiss. I started it up just now and it works fine. No smells, all the fans work fine. I'm actually using it to post this question.
Any idea what could have happened? I'm 99% sure it was the computer emitting the smell--it was definitely localized right there.
posted by Slinga to Computers & Internet (12 answers total)