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Computer froze up, emitted melting plastic smell, but now works fine.

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 on Feb 1, 2014 - 12 answers

Broken Laptop Screen

I recently broke the screen on my laptop and I need to get it fixed. What are some good computer repair places in Baltimore?
posted by josher71 on Oct 31, 2012 - 2 answers

Is it worth paying to have my iPod Touch fixed?

2nd generation iPod Touch isn't syncing properly. Is it worth fixing or should I just look into buying a refurbished one? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Feb 24, 2011 - 8 answers

A blue monitor, but not the blue screen of death

Why did my monitor turn blue? ... and now today, I cant seem to get it to work. (I'm sooo clueless.) [more inside]
posted by saragoodman3 on Nov 30, 2010 - 11 answers

My laptop won't turn on

My Dell XPS m1330 won't turn on anymore. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins on Aug 25, 2010 - 14 answers

MBP driven to tears?

I bought a MacBook Pro in June 2007. Since then, its needed a new hard disk drive, right cooling fan, and DVD read/write drive. Is this normal wear and tear? [more inside]
posted by uaudio on Aug 31, 2009 - 38 answers

Laptop RIP?

I think I killed my laptop with SpeedFan and a spill. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur on Oct 20, 2008 - 4 answers

I promise this is the last computer question I'll ever ask.

I hate doing this, but I have a computer issue and need help. Apologies in advance. Random pauses while it's running... what broke? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jul 7, 2008 - 16 answers

What's my best option for finding a cheap-as-dirt computer in the Dallas area?

What's my best option for finding a cheap-as-dirt computer in the Dallas area? [more inside]
posted by item on May 22, 2008 - 11 answers

Help Me Close The Tray From Hell

Help! The CD drive keeps re-opening! [more inside]
posted by rossination on Apr 5, 2008 - 10 answers

PC card reader broken - Can anything be done?

My (secondhand) Sony Vaio PCG-V505DC2 laptop's PC Card slot isn't recognizing any cards put in it (I've tried three, all of which I know work). I know it's not a driver problem because all of the cards worked until recently, when they started working only intermittently before stopping working at all. Can this be fixed in any kind of cost-effective way, preferably by myself? [more inside]
posted by likedoomsday on Nov 25, 2007 - 7 answers

Any hope of repair for my cracked lcd monitor?

Is there any hope for repairing my girlfriend's cracked monitor? [more inside]
posted by mindless progress on May 29, 2007 - 4 answers

Online IT forums, where art thou?

It's almost 60 degrees outside, so why is my computer frozen? ( know any free online IT help forums?) [more inside]
posted by Smarson on May 1, 2007 - 13 answers

Computer Trouble; Like a Valentine's Gift from a Bitter Ex Named Nemesis

Dear crafty gnomes of Mefi, riddle me this: my laptop (Vaio PCG-FRV27) just had a fit and died. What may the problem be? [more inside]
posted by Firas on Feb 14, 2006 - 11 answers

I moved it gently, and still it betrayed me

[DeadComputerFilter] I just moved, and as is customary, my PC moved in a separate trip, re-boxed in its original container, and generally cared for better than even myself. Now, I plug it in, turn it on... well, almost. It just doesn't come on anymore. [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Jul 9, 2005 - 6 answers

Help me pick a new monitor

My Dell monitor died. Advice needed on its current condition or possible alternatives for next purchase (considering a flat-panel). --> [more inside]
posted by eas98 on Nov 22, 2004 - 5 answers

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