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Wasted day

I had four computers set up in my office (well, actually the garage). Two of them started acting up to the point of my making the determination that something was seriously wrong, so I decided to go to Fry'g and get a new state of the art motherboard with all this money I've gotten off ebay recently, and use the board from the upgraded machine to fix one of the ones that had failed. I didn't need four systems anyway.

After three trips to Fry's I have nothing to show for it but an empty gas tank, a sunburn and a headache. Board I got this morning didn;t work. Took it back about 1PM, it tested fine at Fry's so I brought it home for another go. Same problems, so this time I just returned it. They credited $248 to my paypal debit card and it isn;t showing up at the moment but I'll deal with that later. I came to the conclusion that I was building a computer better than I needed that I wasn't going to have time to use anyway.

The survivng two computers were the better ones anyway. Two is enough, I will scrap the others for parts that will probably go on Ebay.

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unciaa August 30th, 2002
My guess is either hardware incompatibility with CPU/RAM or a faulty power supply.
Any dampness in the garage?

I suspect a grounding problem

titanic August 30th, 2002
They had been plugged into a power strip that at some point in the pst had been pluged into a wall socket that did not have a ground socket - and so the grounding plug was broken off. Static electricity buildup over several months probably took them out.

I added to the stupidity by trying to use an evaporative cooler out here. The better machines survived mainly because they were turned off 90% of the time. I did all my email, writing and ebay stuff on the 366 Celeron because those functions required nothing better - so the 1200 MHz Duron and the 700 Athlon (this machine) are OK. I wanted to make this one a 2GHz Athlon and use the 700 board to patch up the celeron, but it didn't work out.

ruggels August 30th, 2002
I'd agree with Uncia.. Should have kept the mtherboard, sold the other twm machines and built one kick ass Graphics and gaming machine, for the next generation of Geforce 4 only shooter games.

Scott

I was going to respond to this

titanic August 30th, 2002
But you just called on the phone, so now everybody else in the world has to wonder what I said.

Re: I was going to respond to this

unciaa August 31st, 2002
OMG!! TEH_KNOWLEDGE, I NEED IT! GIVE US TEH_KNOWLEDGE!!!11
*collapses to the ground, twitching... Ooooh, shiny candy wrapper... ...resumes twitching*

frysco August 31st, 2002
Reminds me of all the problems I had trying to upgrade critter.net with a new motherboard/cpu/ram from Frys.

I went there:
- once to buy everything
- again to return the cpu (bad)
- again to return the ram (bad)
- finally, to return the cpu/motherboard (cpu was bad, again) - this time, I got a refund.

I think that the motherboard was causing things to fry, somehow. That was just over a month ago. Now, with the replacement hardware that I'm borrowing from a friend, the system has been up 35 days with no problems.

Buying hardware from Frys really is a crapshoot. You're either going to get lucky and everything works first time, or you're going to be going back there continously to try and get something of that combination that will hopefully work.

unciaa August 31st, 2002
> ...the system has been up 35 days with no problems.

Besides running out of HD space? :p

400 No space left on device writing logging site file -- throttling

Configuration:
Account: news.critter.net
Server: news.critter.net
Protocol: NNTP
Port: 119
Secure(SSL): 0
Error Number: 400
Code: 800ccca0

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