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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Chris, Dec 9, 2002.
Tech Support Call Gone Bad
Probably.. well.. maybe.. not real. But very wild indeed!
Oh great. Now I'm afraid to put my feet near my mid-tower...
I'll be more careful when I open up the old computer case
Not too inconcievable, a PC case is dark, typically warm and hopefully dry. Just hope the snake doesn't short anything or hit any fans Although I can't imagine one couldn't differentiate a snake hiss versus a PC buzz...
Folks who keep tarantulas and stuff say if they ever get loose, they'll often wind up in heating ducts or the bathroom, because they are generally the warmest parts of the house and are also generally more humid than the rest of the house, two things that spiders and tarantulas tend to like.
I've heard of computer bugs, computer viruses and computer worms but that tops them all!
Now Symantec needs to add a snake repellant to their anti-virus software!
So what are you saying, Joe?
If you read the description, the computer's owner said "...this morning when I turned it on there was a crackling noise..." That would imply that the computer was off at the point that the snake crawled in to the power supply.
The snake's head was sticking out of the PSU fan vent when the computer was turned on. Since its body was touching the PSU circuit board and the grounded metal chassis this is probably how it got fried.
I wonder how long the snake was in there. It was in there for that night, at least, maybe longer, and it only was discovered when it happened to short out the PSU.
Why would flipping the power switch enabling 5 volts to go to the MB electrocute the snake, but the always hot 230v supply his tail was touching not hurt him one bit?
Also, I don't think little snakes like that hiss, certainly not loudly enough to hear over a PC on the floor.
Nevermind. Ryan beat me to it.
It's also possible that the computer was turned on/off via a power strip, meaning no voltage existed in the power supply at all until the power strip was switched on.
If it was a ATX-type motherboard and the AC was live (even with the computer off), the power supply will still carry voltage, and the snake would have fried itself long before the PC was turned on.
My bad. I just glanced at that photo and thought it was looking down into the case, not the power supply. (Which, come to think of it, would have made that one big a** snake. )
Allright, after reading your excellent explanation and analysis Ryan, I will retact my earlier statement and say that yes, indeed it could have happened.
I did not really pick up on the burn marks before, but there are several thats for sure.