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Gateway laptop burning plastic smell

Strong burning plastic smell when running

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Hiya .. can you hear your fan running... would suggest your laptop not cooling properly... need to get it looked at or you'll kiss goodbye to your processor!

Regards Faggly

Posted on Mar 26, 2008

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My problem is simple to describe: The computer starts and runs fine,except for the smell...and the heat. The smell resembles burning plastic,and the heat output is noticeably higher. There's no smoke...


It more than likey seems to be your fan if the heat from your tower is noticeably higher and the smell.

If computer still under gaurantee you will be able to get it repaired for free from the manufacturers.

If not, take the tower cover off, and get a hoover and **** all dust particles from the system.

You may also need to invest into another fan, this should stop the smell and also the overheating

Hope this helps and please rate thanks.

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Wont turn on


Check the Power supply. It's in the back. Use your nose, it it smells like burned wiring, change it. You can buy a 450 or 500 for around $40.00.
Good Luck

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Hi there, Washing machine wil 145 PROBLEM. i PUT A MICHINE TO RUN TODAY: BIG NOISE, BURNING SMELL, SMOOKE COMING OUT, AND PLASTIC BURN AROUND THE DOOR, WHY?


Not a good sign but hurry and buy a new one because it can cause a spark which can heat up your wall and what do ya know ur home is burning

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


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.

Please post back with the results and thanks for using FixYa!!

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Gateway GT5014 will not boot.


Ok, this is a mother board issue. the entire mother board seems to be malfunctioning. the blinking amber/green light is confirming this. the mother board may have some fried circuitry and it will have to be replaced in this situation.

I would recommend extracting the mother board and stripping it. look for any discoloring factors that will lead to a burn out location. this will direct you to the necessary repair zone.

Please rate and have a great day:)

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Neither the battery or power light comes on when Acer Laptop is plugged in. There is green dust coming out of the plug that goes in the circular yellow plug that gets plugged into the back of the Acer....


Most likely you shorted your power plug on *********** board I would think green dust is burned residue. Smell where you plug your ac plug to and see if it smells like burnt plastic?

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My dvd drive says it isn't installed anymore just burned cd the other day this happened after my grandson burned some to his mp3. how do i reinstall since it came installed on my gateway mx6428 laptop


Right click my computer click on manage go to device manager on right side window and right click to uninstalled dvd drive and close every thing and restart the computer.

this should fix the issue.

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Heater exhaust emitting strong odour


sounds to me like you need to have some hardware looked at. Have you tried opening your case and dusting it with a can of compressed air ? If there is a lot of dust there, then it won't allow heat ( and there is a lot of it ) to dissipate. So you want to keep that area relatively clean.

Also, if your powersupply is going bad, it is time to replace. If you are smelling a strong odor, something is burning. You want to figure that out.

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Strong smell of burning plastic from laptop fan seems to not be working


Does your laptop still work? If it does I would turn it off immediately. It will depend which fan is not working. If it is your processor fan your chip is probably fried. Either way it is not safe to use until you get it checked out.

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where is the red light glowing(on board?)...sounds like power supply and/or motherboard took early retirement

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