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Ok, I see alot of people here talking about Mom paying for this overheated computer. But the real question I have is, are you chipping in for the electric bill there buddy? How about rent, water, sewer, etc? And then the other question is, why are you leaving your overpriced computer on all day long while you are out? Even the cheapest E machines (do they still make those things) have had a sleep feature since the late 90s. Why don't you get out your wallet and pony up all the money your Mom has paid out for you over the years, she can write you a check for the computer, and you can call it even!
#55, your logic is flawed. You're forgetting that she has either damaged or completely ruined something that belonged to the OP. Unless she was the one that bought the computer for him in the first place (which is possible, but not probable), then she should, at the very least, lend -some- financial aid in the repair/replacement of the computer. Unless the OP is an adult and still living with the 'rents, he should not be expected to pay for all of the utilities you have listed. And if he is indeed living with them as an adult, his parents have most likely worked out whether or not he should help pay for the house upkeep and how much. But regardless of all that, the mother damaged his computer, and is therefore responsible for getting it fixed.
You're throwing alot of what-if's out there and ya know what they say, if "ifs and buts were candy and nuts ever day would be Christmas". Bottom line, we don't really know anything more than Mom is computer-stupid and OP's computer is in need of repair. Maybe Mom is going to pay for it, maybe Mom told him to shove the computer up his ass, maybe Mom is going to take a computer hardware course, maybe OP is going to steal the money from Mom's bank account to get this shit fixed, maybe Mom is going to file a homeowners claim, maybe she isn't, maybe he is going to submit the thing for warranty repair and then he is going to be arrested for defrauding the company doing the warranty repair, maybe the computer is stolen and he can't get it fixed under warranty anyway, maybe Mom is regretting having any children, maybe OP pays the electric bill, maybe Mom is a lottery winner and couldn't care less about the electric bill, maybe the OP is a 60 year old sad sack living with his 90 year old Mom and she thought the computer was a typewriter, maybe OP is going to open a can of whoop-ass on his elderly mom and get reported for elder abuse...Anyway, I guess we will never know!
This can't even be true. The bios as a "trip temperature" that would cause the computer to shut down if things were getting too hot. An "expensive computer" would give you an error because a fan was covered, and would then shutoff on its own if the problem is not fixed. OP made this one up.
As a computer professional, I think a lot of commenters are taking this way out of proportion. Very rarely does an overheating computer cause lasting damage in a short time; typically you simply remove the obstruction in the fan (in this case) and then let the system col off for a few minutes before turning it back on. Yes, the potential for damage is there any time a computer overheats, but I've seen hundreds of computers overheat, and they're rarely ruined from it.
My thoughts exactly. Every computer made nowadays has a trip. Mine's 7 years old now and has a safety shutoff. My wii has a safety shutoff. In any modern computer there are temperature sensors in nearly every chipset on the board, and if one of them gets too hot the power is killed immediately resulting in little to no harm to the circuitry. FAKE
We fail to realize that the OP's idea of an 'expensive rig' could be complete Dell crap. The temperature sensors DO go on the computers and give false positives or no response at all. I think its very likely that this could have happened. I know of a friend who melted his motherboard from leaving it on 24/7 without proper cooling.
If the OP overclocked his computer, which is very likely if he built it himself, then he probably turned off the thermal monitor. This is generally safe to do if you don't expect anything to block air circulation in your PC. Even if he didn't overclock it or turn off the thermal monitor, however, the heat could still cause his computer to crash. All the thermal monitor does is underclock the CPU and reduce its input voltage when the core temperature exceeds a given number. This usually is enough because the heat output of the CPU is a direct consequence of its activity level and input voltage. However, if air still cannot circulate after the CPU is underclocked then the heat will continue to build up, causing the computer to crash eventually.
OP Still owes their mother their life. Logic? Try thinking reasonably. You can't blame the mom for not knowing. Blame OP for not even telling mom about the computer in the first place. This could have been avoided: fact. All over all, OP still gets an IDD for a wrecked computer :P
Aww man. That sucks. I hope your mom is going to help pay for a new computer.
Why didn't you turn your computer off? But still you dont deserve it