Accidently sparked my motherboard with cha_fan

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superstepa

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Hello everyone
I have recently built my new pc, and after connecting my PSU cable (which is connected to my fans) to cha_fan and turning my pc on my mobo sparked with a loud boom, and went to a reboot
After the reboot it showed me the screen "overclock not succesful" (I didn't overclock) and it works fine since then
My motherboard is asus P8Z68-V LX
What should I do?
 
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Well, you made a really big mistake but you're the lucky one. Your board survived. Now you have two options, if you feel it works fine good enough keep using it and send it back when something else fails in it's warranty period. or the other option would be to not tell them the complete truth and send the board back.
Either way, you'll still win and will still be the lucky guy.
But for next time, just be sure that you don't connect 2 out's or 2 in's. Plus Everything plug or pin on the mobo has a specific type of connector , 2 different connectors never match unless you use force on them. The moment you feel you're having to use force (excessive) than normal you need to check the manuals.
You connected the PSU cables? Which one? Which is connected to the fans and what is the connector? CHA_FAN is connected directly to what?

Please explain....
You could try a BIOS reset, or clearing the CMOS and give it a try, though we'd first like the wiring of the rig to be more correct or near perfect.
 

superstepa

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I used a cable included with my PSU. That cable has one PSU output, two molex outputs and one 4 pin, what I was thinking is a cha_fan output
I connected the 4 pin one and after turning my pc on, it sparked
 
wait, so you hooked up a molex to 4/3pin connector then plugged it into the chassis fan spot on your mobo?!?!!

no wonder, you plugged in 2 outputs into each other.... surprised your mobo wasn't fried... please for the love of all that is computer holy, read a manual or something.
 

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Lets get him to plug a fan in that spot... if it doesn't work 100%... it is broke.

It is a brand new board and normally you want everything to work... plus who knows what real damage is done?
 
Not my point, if it's broke yes should be replaced - The quesion is on who's nickel. When a item is RMAed, it should be for manuf defect - Not user inflicked. I do feel sorry, accidents happen - opps this is not an accident
OP please forgive - just calling a spade a spade
 

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I get it. It is the OPs decision. I am guessing this board will be problematic in the future...

If the OP says "Hey Asus, I stuck this thingy on this other thingy" they are going to laugh him off the phone.

If the OP says to Asus tech support "My fan connector doesn't make the fan spin... What should I do?" Asus will say Ok we will take it back.

It is the OPs call not mine. But technically... yes, the OP fried his warranty with the board.
 

pacioli

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Well its been nice chatting with you.

I got my W-2 form today so I'm gonna cut off work early and go home and cheat on my taxes. I better take a ream of 8½ x 11 from the office supply room so I can print out all those forms.

See you tomorrow!
 


Aw thats nothin bro, my dad claimed me on his taxes (last year), I was expecting to get atleast something for it, since Y'know, he got 3.5 grand... I didn't want much... he gave me 20 bucks... ... ... ... ... ... And that was only after haseling him about it
 
Well, you made a really big mistake but you're the lucky one. Your board survived. Now you have two options, if you feel it works fine good enough keep using it and send it back when something else fails in it's warranty period. or the other option would be to not tell them the complete truth and send the board back.
Either way, you'll still win and will still be the lucky guy.
But for next time, just be sure that you don't connect 2 out's or 2 in's. Plus Everything plug or pin on the mobo has a specific type of connector , 2 different connectors never match unless you use force on them. The moment you feel you're having to use force (excessive) than normal you need to check the manuals.
 
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