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Kind of a strange mistake, but for about 2 weeks I thought I had some major hardware malfunction. Every time I'd work inside my PC and restart the computer, it would ask me to go into BIOS setup and reconfigure everything. I figured I had done something to the mobo, but couldn't figure it out. I kept ignoring the problem until one time my monitor just wouldn't respond to the system. I tried using the other DVI port on my card, and then using the DVI on my mobo, and even the VGA, but nothing worked. Finally, scared that my GPU was bricked, I removed the card, only to see some small plastic cap underneath it. I had no idea where that went until a few minutes later when I tried to reset CMOS as a last ditch effort.

I had never had to reset my mobo before, and just assumed the process involved some button. When I checked my manual and saw that a pin cap was missing, I finally realized my mistake.

Quite a headache, but hey, I learned.
post #62 of 64
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Originally Posted by RonindeBeatrice;13412753 
And she now has ammunition for the inevitable divorce proceedings. Oh well, you'll get the next one right.

Last time I checked she is still married to me biggrin.gif Been almost 10 years now biggrin.gif
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post #63 of 64
I recently did some stupid stuff with my 6950.

Took off the heatsink and back plate and decided to put on some MX2 to improve temps.

Boot up and run furmark and temp goes to 100c immediately. I obviously messed something up. Remove the card again and realize I forgot to install the back plate. Install it and same thing again! 100c on load.

Take it out and again to see the application of MX2... it hardly covered the core so no wonder it was running so hot. Reapplied with quite a bit more paste and installed it again.

Run furmark again temps are good this time but slowly climb higher and higher and at this point and I am getting pissed! Take a look at the GPU and realize I forgot to plug the fan back in. GOD DAMMNIT!

So after the fourth disassembly I plug the fan in and and temps are finally great. About a good 6c drop from before and runs way quieter.
post #64 of 64
A few I remember

- Getting thermal paste on clothing, that stuff is hard if not impossible to entirely get out of clothing

- On my current build I broke the I/O plate, so my current build lacks one at the moment

- Plugging the front panel connectors in wrong (ie. switching the power and reset buttons)

- Once I forgot to plugin the CPU power connector and wondered why nothing was happening when I powered on the unit.
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