Mysterious Blue Smoke

As Adam Savage says:

“…when you see the mysterious blue smoke, electronics don’t work any more.”

Curiously, it also smelled like TCP.

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The Angry Technician is an experienced IT professional in the UK education sector. Normally found in various states of annoyance on his blog. All views are those of his imaginary pet dog, Howard.

11 responses to “Mysterious Blue Smoke”

  1. Mr M says :

    Or as CC put it in my electronic lessons, “I love the smell of burning silicone in the mornings”

  2. Gerard Sweeney says :

    Did a cat yak up a furball on your motherboard, or something?!?!?

  3. Joe K says :

    Just remember….Any one can let the out the magic smoke…..But a professional can put it back in (or at least make it look that way to the end user).

  4. Dale says :

    First time I heard the blue smoke theory, it was “Electronics are powered by blue smoke. When the smoke escapes, nothing works anymore.”

    from an English chap I was working with 10 years ago.

  5. Ivaarsen says :

    @ Gerrard Sweeny

    Looks like a capacitor exploded.

    Methinks as a result of The Smoke escaping from the device on its left. Must have made a good popping noise when it went.

    You get to see some interesting things, Mr. Technician. I’m glad I found your site / blog. Cheers!

  6. Leighton James says :

    Cool!! Worst capacitor’s i have seen have been slightly bulging. never actually seen one burst though!

    I agree with Ivaarsen, you get to see the strangest of things!!

  7. Ste says :

    Would this happen to be a KVM type switch / monitor switch for a projector or somthing along those lines?

    • AngryTechnician says :

      Close – it’s a VGA splitter, simply duplicates the image on both the monitor and the projector. They are all shonky pieces of junk, and I am slowly replacing them with computers that have proper dual monitor outputs.

  8. Mark says :

    Capacitor says no ;)

  9. Sjaak Trekhaak says :

    Aah, G-LUXON, one of the ‘fine’ brand of capacitors!

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