During normal computer use, you suddenly notice a burning smell coming from your PC. However, there’s no smoke visible and your computer is running just fine. What’s should your next step be?
A) Continue using the computer
B) Run hardware diagnostics on the computer
C) Power off the computer and unplug it from the power source
D) Immediately start a backup job
E) Look around for some marshmallows
The answer: C) Power off the computer and unplug it from the power source
With any power-related issue, you should power off your computer immediately and disconnect it from a power source. A burning smell is not normal, and something has clearly been damaged inside of the computer. For both your personal safety and the safety of your data, you should completely remove the PC from any power.
Want to know more? Watch “Hardware Issues.”
Hardware issues can impact performance, cause application glitches, or render a PC completely unusable. In this video, you’ll learn how to identify hardware problems such as excessive heat, noise issues, and audible alerts.