When Computers Smoke
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 26 April 2006 at 01:00 AM EDT. Add A Comment

Last weekend Phoronix had covered The BoxHeads April 2006 LAN event, which had proved to be a success with the number of gaming participants, prizes, and overall atmosphere throughout the entire day. In the morning, however, there was a minor power situation. The power inside of the building managed to fluctuate quite a bit, which caused the demise of almost ten systems. The power supplies in the affected machines had largely blown capacitors and burnt PCBs. While The BoxHeads had proudly replaced all damaged components, today we have a few photos to share (which turned out surprisingly well). The two photographs below show the smoke that was simply pumping out of a single machine immediately after the problem had occurred. Additional images from the LAN are available inside the Phoronix article.

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