A few days ago as I was playing some games my computer suddenly crashed and screen went black and it started smelling like something was burned. I opened my pc and arrived at the conclusion that its because of my gpu since it smelled burned and everything else was working just fine without it. I haven't tried putting it back on the motherboard because I am afraid that it might ruin the system which thankfully it didn't happen before.

I've opened it to an extent but did not see anything burned but I didn't reach to the core since I couldn't get the cooling parts off.

So I want to ask if there's any way that I can check if it still works to eliminate the slight possibility of it still being alive. Any other ideas on the matter would also be appreciated.


Uh-oh. You let the magic smoke out.

But, seriously, if you smelled burnt rosin, then a component failed to a dead short on that graphics card. Putting it back in invites another failure of other components. Your PC's power supply and motherboard might withstand it; or might not.

Even if I know what make and model you had, I would not risk it unless I could afford to replace the PC. But, I don't need to know that in this case; toast is toast.

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    We don’t actually need information on the graphics card, magic smoke, is magic smoke.
    – Ramhound
    Apr 7 '20 at 22:22
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    Thank you very much
    – Cipher
    Apr 9 '20 at 13:47
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