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June 24, 2011, 05:20:03 AM
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June 24, 2011, 05:43:54 AM
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Short answer "YES"

I had a server (Dell2650) with an expansion card running a GPU.  The power connection from the motherboard to the card caused it to over heat slowly and burned the fibreglass board and plastic connections.  Filled the house with smoke and the family was very unimpressed.  Took a week for the smell to clear.
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June 24, 2011, 05:49:18 AM
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I was thinking about this last night and came to the conclusion that it would be very difficult for a major fire.
Most likly thing to happen would be the PSU/GFX/CPU goes pop then the computer turns off.

If it does turn into a fire then its sealed inside the metal case and there isnt exactly that much fuel inside there for the fire to consume so it would burn out quickly.

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June 24, 2011, 05:57:16 AM
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I haven't turned one of my very old computers off for more than 2 years and its still working fine Grin  (even though its not mining but used as a server) but imo well cooled mining computer shouldn't have problems and if it heats too much it will shut down automaticaly.

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June 24, 2011, 06:41:07 AM
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So I could leave my computer running 24/7 and nothing bad would happen? I tend to turn it off when I go out of the house cos I'm paranoid.

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June 24, 2011, 06:44:47 AM
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So I could leave my computer running 24/7 and nothing bad would happen? I tend to turn it off when I go out of the house cos I'm paranoid.


Just check the temps arent too high and the fans arnt getting blocked or making screatching sounds like they are going to fail and it should be all good. Had mine on 3 days so far.

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June 24, 2011, 07:13:53 AM
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Improper cooling WILL increase your mining costs!  Grin
Air cooling is fine as long as you have some AC running close to the rig...
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June 24, 2011, 07:57:37 AM
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While new to bitcoin, I am not new to folding for other projects... Have never had a fire, ever, on any PC/Rack/laptop... ever.

I have had 1 machine shutdown due to CPU cooler failure (still worked once CPU cooler replaced)... and 1 that smoked some (Power Supply Failure) then died gracefully....

If your machine is not built from knockoff equipment you picked up in pieces in shady booths in Hong Kong you should be ok. Cheesy

 
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June 24, 2011, 08:18:33 AM
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no fires. But for some reason my heating bill is going down
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June 24, 2011, 10:49:17 AM
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Well make sure you have enough airflow in your computer case. Intake outtake fans are necessary.
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June 24, 2011, 12:09:06 PM
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If you're thinking about starting to mine now... WHY?   That ship has sailed into the sunset.
Hardly ! Mining still makes money. If it pays for my rig that's all i can ask.....ive folded for years and made nothing from it...in fact a loss because I've been paying the electricity bill!!!


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June 24, 2011, 01:41:24 PM
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4 machines running, no fires Smiley

They were already running 24/7 anyway... so this didn't make that much of a difference Smiley
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June 24, 2011, 02:30:26 PM
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Great, now I'm paranoid Tongue


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June 24, 2011, 02:39:11 PM
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No one ever said mining was safe, no matter whether virtual or in real life.

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June 24, 2011, 06:27:13 PM
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I'm a little concerned about leaving my pc on hashing away 24/7 ! has anyone run into any problems ?!

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Turn your PC off, remove your CPU cooler, and turn your PC back on. Watch what happens.

Fail safe in action.

Don't worry about fires, it won't happen. Your PC will shut down WAY before that happens, whether you are CPU or GPU mining.

I've fried CPUs, and GPUs by having a poorly secured cooler or a broken fan on the cooler.  I've heard there is a failsafe on ATI cards, but I wouldn't personally try it.  But you'd definitely get a fried card before you got a fire, unless your power supply was faulty, which can happen but it's rare.
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June 24, 2011, 09:21:22 PM
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I'm a little concerned about leaving my pc on hashing away 24/7 ! has anyone run into any problems ?!

cheers onis

Turn your PC off, remove your CPU cooler, and turn your PC back on. Watch what happens.

Fail safe in action.

Don't worry about fires, it won't happen. Your PC will shut down WAY before that happens, whether you are CPU or GPU mining.

I've fried CPUs, and GPUs by having a poorly secured cooler or a broken fan on the cooler.  I've heard there is a failsafe on ATI cards, but I wouldn't personally try it.  But you'd definitely get a fried card before you got a fire, unless your power supply was faulty, which can happen but it's rare.
I had a fan on one of my 5830's that was clogged up with a cable, without me realizing it.  It stayed under 95c by clocking down to 300/150 until it cooled a bit, then clocking back up to 600/300, then back down, all automatically.  I was wondering why my hash rate was so low with that particular card.  Tongue  But basically, the card will still survive just fine even with a non-functioning fan.  I'd say the only risk is if the heatsink itself becomes detached from the card, but if that happens without you realizing it, there's probably other issues with your computer that you need to work on anyway.  Tongue
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June 24, 2011, 10:42:07 PM
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A few years ago I had an AMD processor catch fire.. It can happen, more likely it'll be a problem with the power supply, but as long as you have a smoke alarm and insurance, you'll be fine Smiley
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June 24, 2011, 11:39:15 PM
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I'm a little concerned about leaving my pc on hashing away 24/7 ! has anyone run into any problems ?!

cheers onis

Faulty hardware can and sometimes does catch fire. Keep an extinguisher handy.
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June 25, 2011, 12:27:53 AM
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A few years ago I had an AMD processor catch fire.. It can happen, more likely it'll be a problem with the power supply, but as long as you have a smoke alarm and insurance, you'll be fine Smiley
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Not sure how a CPU, even without a heatsink can start a fire. there's nothing flammable near the CPU, and you'll need crazy high temperatures (for a CPU) for a fire to start.

It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.

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June 25, 2011, 04:00:05 AM
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A few years ago I had an AMD processor catch fire.. It can happen, more likely it'll be a problem with the power supply, but as long as you have a smoke alarm and insurance, you'll be fine Smiley
pics or it didn't happen

Not sure how a CPU, even without a heatsink can start a fire. there's nothing flammable near the CPU, and you'll need crazy high temperatures (for a CPU) for a fire to start.

+1 unless there was that much dust in the cooler and on the mobo.

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