The CD drive ejects randomly. Nothing on the monitor, CPU fan isn't running. I'm just noticing a hint of a smell when I hear a pff and white smoke starts coming out of both ends of the power supply. The smell increases sharply.
I shut the thing down quickly and pull out the parts I added. I don't know if I damaged them or not; I hope not. (The monitor, at least, works just as badly as it did before.) Then I start removing the other parts--52x CD-ROM drive, floppy drive, associated cables, modem, network card.
Finally, I grab a flathead screwdriver and lever the heatsink clip off, then start trying to get the lever up. The heatsink comes off (too easily? can't tell) and I pull up the lever and extract the CPU.
The CPU has an "AMD Athlon" logo on it. I spot a model number and search for a site to interpret it. Here's what I found:
|Architecture||Model/CPU Clock||Packaging||Core Voltage||Max Temp||L2 Cache||FSB Clock|
|Athlon (.18 µm)||1.3 GHz||CPGA||1.75 Volts||95° C||256 KB||266 MHz|
Translation for the non-technical: a pretty nice chip, approximately 1.5 Moore cycles (~2 years) old. (The most interesting number is the 1.3GHz, but the 256 KB of L2 means it's a midrange chip for that speed, and the 266 MHz front-side bus is pretty nice too.)
I don't know if it's damaged; there aren't any scorch marks, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. I'll at least need some new heat-conducting goop. I'll also need a new power supply; I offered to give the system to my brother if he's willing to risk his power supply, but he didn't bite. More computer for me (or my sister), I guess.
So...that's the state of things. Not immediately usable, but nor is it a waste of space.