Dangerous Experiments: What happens if your PC is on fire?

@ 2008/02/18
The most curios results of this experiment (i.e. despite heavy flames lurking out of the case, the pc still runs windows) we've captured on HD-Video. We've decided to already give you a glimpse of what's to come. Enjoy the pictures and some snippets from the movie in our galery and the linked video.

Comment from Kougar @ 2008/02/20
They are designed to shut off yes, but they will only shut off after the ignition or short has occured. So if something already ignited then it won't matter much if the PSU turned itself off.
Comment from jmke @ 2008/02/20
depends on where it occurs, I think most have internal protection for that
Comment from wutske @ 2008/02/20
by the way, shouldn't a power supply shut down in case of a short circuit ?
Comment from Kougar @ 2008/02/20
Why not just yank the power cord off the back of the system? I've done that a few times when things get caught in fans or something seemed amiss with my watercooling loop. And the one time I shorted a molex connector on the CD/RW grounding pin.... no flames, but great flash and some smoke, and extremely hot wires...
Comment from jmke @ 2008/02/20
fast acting saved a lot of money, few seconds longer and everything would have been fried
Comment from wutske @ 2008/02/20
Quote:
Originally Posted by goingpostale1 View Post
Actually had something similar happen when I sleeved my first PSU. Half assed a floppy connector and about 3 months later after installing a video card +5 and ground touched, creating a nice flame highly visible through my acryllic window. Ripped off the panel and yanked the Molex splitter off my nearby hds and shut the machine off. In the process of removing said molex splitter I received third degree burns.

So I suppose a practical lesson can be learned.
lesson learned: you are nuts . Third degree burns just to save your hdd ...
Comment from goingpostale1 @ 2008/02/20
Actually had something similar happen when I sleeved my first PSU. Half assed a floppy connector and about 3 months later after installing a video card +5 and ground touched, creating a nice flame highly visible through my acryllic window. Ripped off the panel and yanked the Molex splitter off my nearby hds and shut the machine off. In the process of removing said molex splitter I received third degree burns.

So I suppose a practical lesson can be learned.
Comment from Kougar @ 2008/02/19
Yeah, it was pointless.

Quote:
Originally Posted by jmke View Post
entertainment for entertainment sake without real value
Agreed.
Comment from geoffrey @ 2008/02/19
I love pc's too much to find this destructing experiment 'entertainment' I guess
Comment from jmke @ 2008/02/19
entertainment for entertainment sake without real value
Comment from geoffrey @ 2008/02/19
I don't get the point, they seem to be using some kind of fire encouraging material to get the fire started instead of simulating a fire caused by a shortage. PC's will more often explode, changes that they burn down are much smaller (bot not impossible!)

 

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