Burning smell from iMac

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by eAi, Apr 13, 2005.

  1. eAi macrumors newbie

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    My iMac, one of the swivvelly ones has just started making a burning smell, I'm a bit worried, does anyone know what might cause this? Running OSX 10.2 if that matters.

    Thanks,

    eAi
     
  2. sjpetry macrumors 65816

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    Shut it off. If you are comfortable, take off the bottom and see if their are any burn marks.
     
  3. pdpfilms macrumors 68020

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    nooooooot good in any way, shape or form. A burning smell from a computer is never justified.
     
  4. mpw Guest

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    There's a great line in one Simpsons episode where Homer is trying to get credit on an enormous RV and a police car style red flashing light and alarm sound from the computer during the credit check and on noting the alarms Homer asks whether they're a good thing and the salesman in a great southern accent says "Mr Simpson an alarm is never a good thing."

    Burning smells from any electrical equipment short of an arc-welder are never a good thing.
     
  5. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    This happened to my Windows PC. In that case, the cause was a blown power supply. I suspect your iMac's main power may have failed.
     
  6. redeye be macrumors 65816

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    Maybe it's just some ants that found their way to a nice, happy warm spot.

    Serious, don't turn it on again until you know what it is. Open it yourself or let a tech do it for you.
    I hope you have guarantee or applecare.

    Good luck
     
  7. sjpetry macrumors 65816

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    NOT ANTS! :eek: :p
     
  8. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    If you have another Mac, start the iMac up in FireWire Target Disk mode (hold T on startup) and grab everything important as fast as you can off of it. Then shut the iMac down again.

    Call AppleCare, too...
     
  9. eAi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just want to clarify. Its not a burning smell, its a kinda plastic-too-hot smell (a bit like disinfectant). I took it appart about half way and cleaned out all the dust which appears to have helped (there was tonnes of it, I was wondering where it had all got to!). Everything is backed up, so I'll wait and see...
     
  10. sjpetry macrumors 65816

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    Be sure to backup. ;)
     
  11. Sutekidane macrumors 6502a

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    If you suspect any issue with your power supply, do not hesitate to call Apple to get it replaced. After talking to my friend, which is an apple technician at a local COMPUSA, he said that nearly every iMac repair he gets it a blown power supply NOT fan issues. He said that on all of them, the power supply damages everything around it, and makes quite a mess. He also stated, that when it's really bad, which he's had quite a few, the HD, Midplane Assembly, and casing all had to be replaced.
     

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