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Hey!

So I can't sleep even at 3:20 in the morning, so I thought I might as well see what mistakes my fellow OCNers have made while building their computers.

Basically just post your most explosive, embarrasing, or stupid mistake. Extra points for it ending up in an RMA.

Mine? I was building my first rig (see sig) and had no experience installing a motherboard to a chassis. I didnt know that you had to use standoffs to prevent shorting...stupid, I know. I screwed it directly to the case and tried to turn it on, only to see it flicker and die.

I found OCN while trying to find a solution to my problem. If you look back to my first posts, you may be able to find the topic I made requesting help

A few people offered their assistance and I took someones advice to test each screw hole one at a time and hit the power button on each to see which may be shorting it out. Around the 6th hole, I hit the power button and a capacitor or transistor (cant remember) literally burst into flame. The flame was roughly an inch high. It kept burning until I pulled the plug from the PSU and it continued to smoke a good while.

Stupid me, I tried to start it again...but of course it was a futile effort.

Was that entertaining enough? Good! Now post yours!

~Gooda~
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post #2 of 18
IDK but one guy on here put water in his rig Cause he thought he'd be water cooling it lmao
post #3 of 18
i tried to remove the NB heatsink from my Asus P5E to add some thermalright ones but it was epoxied on and i ripped the chip right off the board


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Originally Posted by Bitemarks and bloodstains View Post
i tried to remove the NB heatsink from my Asus P5E to add some thermalright ones but it was epoxied on and i ripped the chip right off the board
damn, thats cruel, they know your gonna want to overclock lol
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Dude. holy crap. lol
    
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OMG Bitemarks lol

Well I bought an Antec PSU from the USA (along with loads of other stuff) Plugged it in, and it turned on then off. I thought....hmm lets give it another try, so I did and it blew up. A little bit of fire and some nice smelling smoke.

It was my first ever computer build and I was like What the hell!!!!!

Fiound out there was a switch on the back to convert from 100V to 230V.....little Icey didn't notice that and fed it too much powar!
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1. I tried removing my mainboard once with the PSU still connected and plugged in (it was 3 AM and I needed caffeine I guess ), had a sparkly time there and needed to replace the main fuse in my house

2. Buying the QX6850... Should have just gone for the Q6600 or Q6700 back then.
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Well nothing spectacular that I can think of. But when I was probably 14 I did unplug or plug in (can't remember which) my 60GB IDE drive while the computer was still running. I got a nice big arc scared the crap out of me. I didn't know 12Vs could arc like that. I think I was trying to fix windows and get it to boot so I was taking it back and forth between computers or something and so I just did it so many times I finally forgot to shut the power off. But actually the drive was fine and it's still going strong in my dad's computer.

ETA I think that was my Windows Desktop which would have been my 1Ghz Duron. The CPU is probably running in one of the old dinos that the rest of the family use. The mobo is in my closet but if I remember correctly it's defective and likes to randomly freeze, that's why I upgraded.
Edited by Col. Newman - 6/27/08 at 4:58am
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Well my LATEST mistake was kind of stupid, kind of not.

I ATTEMPTED to make my own case with a motherboard box. Everything worked, the box was perfect! However after letting it run F@H overnight, the next morning my office smelled like smoke....and that motherboard was no more! My guess....lack of ventilation, lol. My bad?

Good thing it was just a Socket A rig...and everything except the motherboard was salvageable.
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post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Col. Newman View Post
Well nothing spectacular that I can think of. But when I was probably 14 I did unplug or plug in (can't remember which) my 60GB IDE drive while the computer was still running. I got a nice big arc scared the crap out of me. I didn't know 12Vs could arc like that. I think I was trying to fix windows and get it to boot so I was taking it back and forth between computers or something and so I just did it so many times I finally for got to shut the power off. But actually the drive was fine and it's still going strong in my dad's computer.
Did exactly the same thing with a CDROM drive, not only did I try to put it in whilst it was on but managed to force the connector upside down (Somehow) :

Didn't Arc though, just blew a fuse nice and proper.

The computer I did that to is a true vet.
Geforce MX440, Duron 1300+!

Managed to survive a fire (part of our house set on fire; well my Dads workshop next to where the computer room was) and that 'accident'..
It's been going for at least 5 or 6 years now.

I would have been maybe 11 or 12 when I did that. 16 now.

Shame for it, it will probably be shelved when I upgrade this computer (my sister and mother are using it - the Duron Vet - currently , they'll probably get the guts from this one).
Edited by Torched-Geek - 6/27/08 at 4:37am
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