Herkimer Jitty wrote:
Speaking of which, just what the hell is that benign white smoke?
All electronic devices are powered by smoke of various colors. If you put too much power into said devices the smoke will be displaced and the device will stop working.
Also happens if you reverse the polarity.
Good example would be that old Athlon 1800+ chip I destroyed this afternoon. I was overclocking it, and I turned up the Vcore voltage too high, and sure enough the smoke came out. Without that smoke the chip is useless.