Originally Posted by UnrulyCactus
Okay, I'll bite.
What makes you the unluckiest guy?
Sorry for some of the words i use in this text. They are, trust me, the RIGHT ones to describe everything.
Oh.... That story... It's actually more then just a few months... It all started back in 2007... (Story time!)
The begging of my adventure in "computer worlds".
I got my first computer! This one is my baby FOR LIFE! It's specs are: Pentium 4 3.2 Ghz HT (overclocked to 3.8 with stock voltage) + Asus P4P800 + 2 GB DDR 400 Mhz + 500W power supply Eurotech + 40GB Seagate Barracuda + Nvidia 7600GS 512MB
(It had an MX 400, but latter in 2007 before the first victim i bought this new card for him). The computer didn't had a SINGLE PROBLEM for almost 8 years and counting! (it's birthday date is 24 December 2003). So far so good, it run great for several years. Lets get to where i steeped in some really bad luck wave:
HP Desktop (Pentium dual Core 2.0 Ghz + 7300 LE + 2 GB ram?)
When i first got my second computer, a HP Desktop, i got crazy since i could finally get this Dreamcast emulator running at full speed (God, i was really dumb back that time). It worked fine for 6 months and then, it died. Stupid thing, no overclock and it didn't even last for 6 months. (i bought the second computer in those stores that sell lots of electronic stuff, like computers, machines, DVD's, Films, Games, etc, Big Surfaces? Don't know how to say it in English. Shopping maybe?).
Highscreen Desktop (Intel Q6600 @ stock + Biostar something + 4 GB DDR2 800 Mhz + Nvidia 8600GT 512MB + (iup you can laugh) 400W OEM power supply). I was NOT allowed to open my computer case, doing so would void my warranty, thats why i didn't fixed the problem myself.
So, since HP didn't answered RMA in time, i got this, and like i said to the vendor "New awesome and super fast computer"! It was a Quad core (i went from a Pentium dual core 2 Ghz to a Q6600 one). Guess what, same day i got the computer, it already came with defect! The front leds didn't worked and the system was all funky. Got it to the store, same day it was repaired.
Now lets start the party. 3 months after i bought it (bought it January 2008, the computer died again. It didn't even turn on. At the store they said it was the PSU. 30 Days without the computer, back to my old and faithful Pentium 4 stk 478. 29 Days latter, computer back (since that computer was made by the store, they themselves repaired the computer, so, no "money back or switch to another product, they said).
Three +/- 3 weeks later, computer died again (3Âº time, keep counting). This time it was the motherboard. More 30 days without it, and more 30 days with my old guy.
Got it back again. It was working. Surprise surprise, it DIED AGAIN 2 months later! This time it was my graphics card. Notice how every single component is dying one by one! More 25 days. I was starting to get really pissed of with this delays and problems with my computer, but o well, i always got my old baby to help me out. I got it back home, inserted a DVD to install Windows Vista x64, TADAH! DVD Drive was dead, it killed my original DVD. Back to store, they replaced it imitatively.
So i tough the problem was solved for this year, since the computer kept working fine, and i though the unlucky wave was over...
Still the same
O Well, February just started, and like spring was slowly arriving. With the end of the winter, comes the birds, the flowers, the BSOD... Wait, what?
Thats right! 5Âº Time dead! The computer started to bluescreen from one day to another, and soon it wouldn't be able to even get into windows. Guilty: Memory RAM. 25 Days without the computer (until the beginning of March). My old guy still working just fine, and because i didn't trusted the new one anymore, he was the one that i did all my important works, even with the new one at home.
March passed, April, May.. And then we got June. June, where the component you are thinking about died. No it's not the case, it's the hard drive. Luckily all my data was in my old computer (see, i predicted the future!). Guess what? Day 30, i already had my mind set: Get my money back the day after. Unfortunately, they called in the end of the day saying the computer is ready... O well, one can dream...
Computer arrived home. I plugged everything in and started to use the computer. Latter that month,i was about to start watching some TV on my computer (it had an TV card). Guess what: TV CARD IS DEAD! For crying out loud, o well, lets get this back to store... one 6Âº time...... again.... Back to my old computer....
I talked to the guys saying that "this can't happen anymore", and "common, i bought this computer like almost 2 years ago, and i don't have even 5 months of normal usage with it to count!". He promised me that it would happen anymore. The card was replaced, got it back home the other day. Right after i got home with the new TV card. The Sound Card (PCI One) didn't work. Seriously
!!!! Back to store, more 27 Km.... More 15 Days without it. This time, they replaced the computer completely with new components, only the Case was the same, to see if the problems would go away. Basically i got a new computer. (7Âº Time i took it to the store)
September passed, October, Novem.. Hey, stop right there! Thats it, go back to the end of October. You already know it died. But this time this guy didn't just died. It madded my house power down! The computer completely BURNED DOWN, PLUGGED TO AN UPS (that UPS still lives in my old computer)! No storms that day, nothing out of the ordinary. My USB Pen drive turned BLACK (it fried). I saw the sparkles coming out of the frontal USB where my Pen drive was plugged. I was watching a movie, Jesus, i got SO SCARED, my first reaction was grab the Pen drive the fastest as i could and take down the computers power (although my Power Thingy (don't know the name of it in English, is where we cant take down the power down the house, and if it notices a discharge, it just Stops and kills the power in the entire house) had already done that.
I went to the store, they where freaked out. Almost every component died. They finally decided that something was wrong with that system specs (OH, REALLY?) and sent it to the "National Product Quality control" for evaluation.
November passed. 30 Days passed. 31 Days passed. Oh my god, i could FINALLY ask for my money back! Or not. I went to the store, they said i could get my money back, because the product was sent to the Quality control guys, and because of the there was no "30 days max" law applicable. I even called the manager, but no go. December passed.
Home Made computer (Same as my signature except the board was an Asus P7P55D-E Deluxe and the CPU a i5 750)
We got to January. Not a single word from the store. I went there, my computer was still not in sight. I thought the quality guys had lost it
. Almost in the end of January, after a really long time arguing with the store, the computer FINALLY arrived. They said it was packed, and that this time they wouldn't unpack it and give it to me without me there. They wanted me to see it running to in the store in front of my eyes. Ok, lets do this. I arrived to the store. In the balcony of the test / repair area there it was, my tower all wrapped up in this white sponge. The technician, in the presence of the Manager of the store, started to unwrap it.
He started taking the sponge from the back, and as soon as we see the computers case: OOOHH MYYYYYYY GOD. The computer was TEARED APART! The case was all broken up, full of dints, white paint marks all over, the computer was like if it felt down the truck! The store manager put his hands in the head, the technician turned white, my sister got freaked out and i.. I laughed. Seriously, i laughed.
This time i was like "Now i want to see how they are going to solve this out now", since i wasn't going out of there without my computer or money back. Buying another one in that store was OUT of the equation. After 4 hours there, i finally got my 1200 euros back. I said to myself: Time to make myself a computer.
After a few weeks selecting the components, i finally bought it. I was thrilled and enchanted with it, it was SO MUCH FASTER then the other one. A few weeks later, i noticed something. My Seagate 1.5 TB had bad sectors. Here it goes again i thought. Hopefully, that was all by that year, got myself a WD 2 TB replacement and done.
(my i5 750 and later the one in my signature computer)
Hell yeah! 1 year without a single problem! It was overclocked to 4 Ghz since the day it arrived, it was rock solid, no problems at all. It was my dreams computer.
We where in the beginning of May. I was watching some CSI Miami Episode. It was raining, my computer is plugged to a UPS and the UPS to a resistance to enhance protection. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a thunder, right above my house strikes. I jumped from my chair, the sound was so loud. My speakers sub woofer gave a "POP" like sound, really loud, it scared the sh** out of me. Since, even with an UPS i turn my computer off and unplug it, i hit the shutdown button right the way. After a few seconds (3 ~ 5), i noticed: the computer was already down. When i turned it on again, i tough "puff, close". Well, i was going to keep watching the episode. Opened it up and all, and then, no sound. "What the hell?" thought i. Checked my 5.1 system, it was working with my cellphone just fine (my on-board sound card was being detected by windows). Then i was thinking to go to the internet to see if it was the driver. No Internet. My modem burned down, and since the phone line wasn't plugged in the UPS (and the lightning stroked on the Telephones lines), it burned down the modem, and by the Ethernet cable, part of my board. One of my two Ethernet ports didn't work, as so didn't my sound card.
Sent it back to RMA, since it wasn't black or smelling like it fried. One month later, the store called me asking if i wanted another product or my money back since Asus was late delivering the board. For the first time i didn't want another product, or my money back. Just the board back. I waited three more weeks. Searched every single store for my board, no one had it on stock. Only those low end models. Well, i talked to the store, and well, got myself a new computer. A Sandy Bridge one. P8P67 Deluxe + i7 2600K, it arrived in the begging of June this year. God, i was completely
with the overclocking capability of this chip. I used it at 4.6 Ghz, and some days before the disaster, at 4.8 Ghz.
Day 29 July, one day before my birthday. I decided to re-seat my NH D14 because i was getting to 80 ÂºC on IBT (Prime would pass 73. My room temperature was 32 ~ 33 ÂºC.). Oh from all the worst things that could happen, the WORST OF THEM ALL happened! I bent without noticing 2 pins in my board! Buy Buy warranty i tough! Stupid me! Why did i touched the computer?! I was so mad that day. Called the store i bought the motherboard from, and for my surprise they said they could help, for me not to worry. They said that, if there is only 2 slightly bent pins in the board, they could try to fix them and sent the board to asus to get a new one. This of course wouldn't take more then 1 month. One year i didn't almost used my old computer. That computer just LOVES to be in here in the main secretary with my two screens (and runs fast like a champ! But games, don't even think about it, only on low or medium settings) (i think he is the one that is putting some sort of spell or something like that to kill all my new computers, so he can get all the attention to him LOL!) Well, one month passed. Since i screwed up, i was not thinking about asking the store for a replacement, since they where kind enough to send the board to Asus, even tough it was my fault.
A few days latter, in 27th day September, i was already kissing goodbye to that board, because the repair (in case asus didn't accepted to change the board for a new one) would be around 80 euros, and my fully brand new 3 year warranty would be reduced to some insignificant 3 months. I started looking for boards to buy. That day, precisely two days away from buying the new one, the store guy called. He had already sent my board, it would arrive the next day.
Â« My face! I thanked him so much! That store is now my #1 place to make my buys, just because they helped me out when i was already "traumatized" so much with RMA's and stores and everything because of that stupid store i bought the desktop (i named it that way for obvious reasons)
Got it back, placed the thermal paste in another way, and at the same room temperature, temps go as high as 73 on IBT. It's up and running until now like a champ. Well, sort of. I can't get the 4.8 Ghz stable, the system will randomly shutdown (i created a thread about it in the Intel CPU's area, hopping for some fix to this problem). By now i'm rock solid stable at some amazing 4.6 Ghz.
Stay tunned for more "Adventures of "Me" @ the computer world".
EDIT: WOOW Thanks all for the big welcome
EDIT2: Now, grammar a little bit fixed, along with some orthographic errors and removed the swearing that was missed in the edition by the moderator. Sorry again Bitemarks, thank you for being tolerant by not giving me any warning this first and last time