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My Rookie Mistake. Have you made any?

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Ok, I don't reckon I am an expert at PC building and overclocking, but would say I am at a somewhat moderate level. So I was rather ashamed at myself today.

I recently bought a new GPU and was quite impressed with it, until today. I firstly saw Green artifacts, which worried me, so I dropped the clocks down a bit and they were still there. So I checked the drivers were upto date, rebooted and then there were purple ones instead! So I was like *** is going on.

I was midway taking my card out of my second computer to test that, when I realised I had missed one obvious thing. I stopped removing the other GPU, went downstairs and my lead going into the back of the monitor was slightly loose. Problem solved! I was panicking, looking at the returns policy,worrying if they would accept it after overclocking, saying to myself why did I get a new Graphics card etc.

I also know how it got loose, I was cleaning my monitor earlier. That'll teach me to clean.

Anyway, confession over.

Please tell me you guys have made similar simple mistakes?
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post #2 of 64
From what I'm reading, the cable was falling out the back of the monitor?
Happens to me all the time, cause I don't want to screw it in.
I'm a rebel
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Originally Posted by srsdude View Post
From what I'm reading, the cable was falling out the back of the monitor?
Happens to me all the time, cause I don't want to screw it in.
I'm a rebel
same haha.
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I have a good story for you lol (it just happened this last week). Well, our neighbor, who is in love with nature and feels really bridled living in his new town house attached to ours, so he's been planting trees and bushes everywhere on his small little lawn. It just so happens he planted a bush right on top of our fios cable, so the internet was down for two weeks while verizon got their act together and threaded a new line for us. Then the second week into it, I had just bought a new chassis--a nice sexy black sleek one by Lian Li--and moved my motherboard into it, a seemingly elementary process, but it just so happens my computer failed to start. I finally managed to figure out that the motherboard prevented the signal between chassis and power supply, so I junked the motherboard and promptly bought another one. THen I got the new motherboard--a refurbished one. I put it in, and my computer would power up but fail to turn on. The monitor reported no signal. So, I bought a gigabyte motherboard. I put it in and well a slightly different problem happened. THis time the cpu and fans would turn on for a split second, then turn off. It kept restarting over and over like this. I was just about to throw my hands up in disgust over how simple it should be to move a motherboard into a new chassis!!, when I noticed out of the corner of my eye that a small little CPU pin wasn't connected from my power supply to my motherboard!! YAARGG. And thus I learned my lesson.

At least I started reading books again?
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Odd you mention it, I just realized something similar last night. I just recently crossfired (bought myself another 5850). Everything has been amazing so far. However, I was playing BC2 one night and the screen would flicker black sometimes. I was like "Ugh, great... screen flickering, just what I need".

I eventually figured out it was me kicking my loose DVI cable
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Forgot to plug in one of the mobo power connectors. I spent like 2 hours googling why the fan on the GPU would spin for just a brief second but then turn off.

My monitors power cable has to be pushed in VERY hard. The first time I plugged it in, it was very lose, the and monitor would lose power whenever I moved it even the slightest bit.
    
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I forgot to plug my 460 6 pin in when I bult it :X
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When I built my first rig I must have been doing some cable management and managed to knock the front panel connector loose but it still looked connected.

So when I first tried to power the system up on a fresh build nothing would happen! I went ballistic. Cursing and the such. Ended up taking every cable off the motherboard and stumbled upon the front panel connector cocked ever so slightly to one side indicating it wasn't fully connected, kinda like it was looking at me funny as to say "haha, idiot."

Taught me to never overlook the little stupid things.
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Once i pulled my pot off of my CPU without letting it heat up again, and this is with the retention bracket removed, so the cpu came with it.

almost smashed all of the pins in the socket.
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post #10 of 64
Back when I was first still learning about PCs, I made two "mistakes". But hey, this is how we learn!

The first wasn't a mistake with consequences, just a lack of knowledge. I thought the PSU was the hard drive. It wasn't until I took the PC apart (for cleaning) that my friend picked a part up and said "what is this, it's kind of heavy?" and I shrugged, and they said "hard drive" in a questioning voice, so I answer "I don't think so". They showed me the label, and I was like "well now...".

The other was, with the same PC putting it back together a later time I took it apart, was plugging the power connectors in wrong. It wasn't ATX. It was baby AT, so it had two power connectors rather than one, and both look the same but are wired differently. Sometimes they're keyed not to go into the one they shouldn't, sometimes they aren't. Mine wasn't, so I plugged it in backwards, and either the motherboard and/or PSU was done.

I'm sure there are others but those are two of them. They served the role of teaching me more about it, so all in good cause I suppose.
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