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Melting plastic smell/ computer slow and shuts down after about 15mins

The tower starts to smell once it's been on a little while. Now it shuts down after about 15mins. Smells like burning/melting plastic/rubber. What to do? HP Slimline tower. Part replaced last October due to same thing. Now out of warranty.

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  • NitrusInc
    NitrusInc May 11, 2010

    Which part? Power supply? Consider upgrading to a higher output supply if this issue is persisting.

  • Dick
    Dick May 11, 2010

    Replace the part again.

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Hi there.
The reason you can smell burning plastic and why its shutting down after a short time is because its overheating. This can be caused by a build up of dust on the CPU fan, overtime with dust build up computers struggle to keep themselves cool and tend to shut down unexpectedly, chances are this is the problem with your machine, my advice would be to remove the power cord, open the side panel of the computer and clean all the dust away from inside the tower, do this with a soft, clean paintbrush making sure you remove the dust carefully and gently, also make sure the CPU fan and the heat sync behind it is completely free of dust or any other foreign objects.
Once you are happy that its clear of dust, close or return the side panel, plug in the power cord and turn the PC on, you may find that the PC will stay on for longer with the smell dramatically reduced.

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Posted on May 22, 2009

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