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    Homebuild Horrors...Amateur Errors!

    The other day I was in the local comp shop returning a faulty graphics card (again ). The guy in front of me was complaining that his home-built AMD would post then crash out suddenly and power down, apparently, due to overheating. It was his first AMD effort and he was complaining about the chip temperature saying AMD was no good. I saw the chip and I must admit the top looked a little scorched and worse for wear. I sat and discussed his frustations with him while we waited for them to finish the test. They came back and, to my suprise, told him it was okay even with the apparent scorching. They asked to see his heatsink...and they found the problem. His heatsink (a ThermoEngine) had a one of those thermal pads on it (instead of grease). They generally aren't as good as grease like Artic Silver, but as the shop tried to explain to him, they work a lot better if you remove the protective plastic cover on them before fixing them to the processor! I wondered how the CPU had got to look so second hand, yet still worked.



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    He was lucky. because it still worked, they RMA'ed it.

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    hehehe.... brillant! I love it! That's just typical of what I would have done before I saw the light and joined HWC.

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    It's an old pic now look at the price I guess he wont be the first or last to do it. Guess you need either a modicum of common sense, the capability to read English, or maybe these people shouldn't try to build a PC in the first place without researching the subject.

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    some mistakes are timeless, they will be made forever. As long as there are TIMs there will be fried CPUs with plastic melted to them.

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    how do you miss the big sign on the bottom of the hsf that says 'remove before use'?

    and i though i was a nugget.....

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    I still love the unfortunate's who'se heatsinkks fall off...

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    perhaps they should call it the lemming problem as every spring whole banks of hsf drop off their chips in a bid to remind users of their important job, and to push upgrade sales further.

    call it 'active product obsolesence' or something...

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    Sorry, General Motors has already beaten the computer industry there

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    Originally posted by Kozakowski:
    Sorry, General Motors has already beaten the computer industry there

    ROTFLMAO LOTS

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