Asus’s Motherboard Is on Fire Due to a Manufacturing Error

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Screenshot: Salty News Network/YouTube – The business that makes PC motherboards is now recalling some of its most flammable models. You can blow up your whole motherboard with just one minor, foolish error when you’re building one, as it turns out. Many Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Hero users report that their high-end desktop component burned after just a few weeks of typical operation.

Many people have reported seeing the BIOS code 53, which indicates a problem with RAM initialization, on their Asus motherboards recently across a variety of social media sites. Some customers reported smelling smoke emanating from their boards, and upon closer inspection, discovered a burn mark beneath the QLED. Before the motherboard failed, most consumers heard a clanking or popping sound..

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“…I got stuck on boot with QCODE 53 and QLED Orange (first time) and saw a penny-sized burn mark beneath the bottom right of the QLED, burned to a crisp nearly (top side, a lot of smoke) and melting the QCODE box a bit,” someone said on Asus’ ROG forums.

My computer goes down unexpectedly at night, and when I turn over, I notice a component on the motherboard practically on fire. Because I had two boards fail, I instantly unplugged the power supply from the wall and switched it off.

As Tom’s Hardware reported, Asus finally admitted to Tom’s Hardware that one of their new motherboards was problematic because a single capacitor was placed backward. Here’s what the business had to say about this:

Our continuing research has uncovered a possible reversed memory capacitor problem in the manufacturing process from one of the production lines, which may produce debug error code 53, no post, or motherboard component damage,” the company said in a statement. the 90MB18E0-MVAAY0 and the first three digits of the serial numbers of devices produced in 2021 may be affected.”

Asus’ Z690 Hero motherboard was recalled because of a manufacturing fault. Check your product package if you possess one. Do not use the device if the manufacturer has not guaranteed a replacement program. While it’s possible that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is working on an official recall for this replacement program, the motherboards that are now on fire may be sent out.

You should proceed with care, even if your board doesn’t match those serial numbers, since Asus is still investigating to discover which boards are impacted. Try to verify that the “150” is written correctly or that it is upside down on your motherboard if you are unsure of your motherboard’s batch number. Please get in touch with Asus’s support staff and request a replacement if the latter is the case.

The announcement from Asus merely serves to validate what prominent YouTuber Buildzoid has anticipated all along. A reverse polarized capacitor had its polarity stripe placed backward, causing neighboring MOSFETs (transistors) to overheat, according to him. That’s exactly what happened on every board that had a defective memory capacitor, which caused two MOSFETs to be burnt out, delivering 5V to other sections of the motherboard.

However, Asus seems to be taking the appropriate measures to remove them from consumers’ homes, which raises questions about the quality control of the corporation. We can only hope that the corporation will take the necessary measures to convince its large client base that its goods are safe to use… For the time being, you should avoid the Maximus Z690 Hero.