Homebuild Horrors...Amateur Errors!

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Captain Amazing

Captain Amazing

Mild Mannered Superhero
#1
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.



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

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RecklessLeper

RecklessLeper

New Member
#2
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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BladeRunner

BladeRunner

Silent & Cool.....
#3


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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JollyRoger

New Member
#4
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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Captain Amazing

Captain Amazing

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#5


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ris

ris

super moderator
#6
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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K

Kozakowski

New Member
#7
I still love the unfortunate's who'se heatsinkks fall off...


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ris

ris

super moderator
#8
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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K

Kozakowski

New Member
#9
Sorry, General Motors has already beaten the computer industry there


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WBK38 w/Sanyo Denko 55cfm 92MM fan
Asus A7V133
256PC133 SDRAM
Quantum 7200 ATA-100 20GB
Fujitsu 5400 ATA-66 10GB
SB Live MP3+ 5.1
Creative Annihilator 2 GeForce2 GTS 32MB