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Asus Motherboard Recall: Users “Smell Smoke”

Asus has issued a product recall after a number of users reported serious issues with its Z690 Hero motherboards.

The motherboards were “melting” during normal usage, with social media reports of users being able to “smell smoke” while using the product.

Asus has since noted the issue, saying this will “potentially affect” a number of its powerful gaming laptops released during the last year.

Users report a Bios warning code ’53’ popping up on screen, which indicates a memory initialisation failure.

“We have recently received incident reports regarding the ROG Maximus Z690 Hero motherboard,” Asus explained.

“The issue potentially affects units manufactured in 2021 with the part number 90MB18E0-MVAAY0 and serial numbers starting with MA, MB, or MC.”

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