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    Switched graphics cards here.

    ATi All-in-wonder 9700 Pro. AGP/8 128Mb. This card is powered by a small cable with the plug same as the one that normally powers a Floppy Drive.

    Switched it for a ATi X800XT Platinum also AGP/8 256Mb. This card is powered by a cable same as goes into a PATA Hard Drive.

    I switched cards seated nicely. Plugged in the Power lead to the PC and turned it on about a second or two later smoke started coming off the Graphics Card.

    Any ideas on what killed the card?

    I have changed graphics cards in my PC's before and have built a few PC's never had a problem before.
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    Did you insert the molex connector the correct way?

    'Cause if you didn't, then 12VDC will go through the 5VDC line and that will cause the smoke...
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_End_Of_Reality View Post
    Did you insert the molex connector the correct way?

    'Cause if you didn't, then 12VDC will go through the 5VDC line and that will cause the smoke...
    How can you NOT insert it incorrectly?
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    Default Re: Smokin' Graphics Card

    The molex connectors only fit one way. Was the fan spinning?

    There is either something wrong with your graphics card, or your PSU is putting out way too much power. The card is most likely buggered now.

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    Default Re: Smokin' Graphics Card

    Quote Originally Posted by bob_doe_nz View Post
    How can you NOT insert it incorrectly?
    I think you mean not correctly? By forcing it hard enough I have seen it happen and the damage was not nice...

    Quote Originally Posted by Greven View Post
    The molex connectors only fit one way. Was the fan spinning?

    There is either something wrong with your graphics card, or your PSU is putting out way too much power. The card is most likely buggered now.
    There also might have been a short on the GFX card.
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    Default Re: Smokin' Graphics Card

    Well it is a buggered unit now thats for sure:-)
    It is possible I have the molex connector the wrong way. The connection in the card was in an awkward place do to an added fan fitted, I am not a 6 stone weakling and it would not have been a problem to push a bit harder and get it to fit when it shouldn't have. So far it is the only feasible explanation really.

    As far as the fan spinning .... well I don't remember, the smoke came fast and it got shut down just as fast. I do remember a couple of long post beeps though, that did not sound good.
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    Default Re: Smokin' Graphics Card

    warranty?
    When it comes to computers there is a difference to what you need and what you want, the former being less than half the price of the latter.

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    Default Re: Smokin' Graphics Card

    no. it is second hand.
    No big deal it was cheap enough.
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    haha, one of those trademe "works fine" auctions a?
    When it comes to computers there is a difference to what you need and what you want, the former being less than half the price of the latter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motorbyclist View Post
    haha, one of those trademe "works fine" auctions a?
    probhably an 'untested' auction. Seems to be alot of those in the PC section
    of trademe.

    "Any ideas on what killed the card?"
    probhably electricity, too much of.

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