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Postby RSheasley » Sat Dec 18, 2004 11:33 am

Plug the front USB case plugs into the firewire plugs on the motherboard is a no-no. Firewire has 12 volts running through it, USB has only 5 volts running through it!
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Postby triggerhappy41 » Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:40 pm

Not inserting the AGP card all the way into the slot. It might seem like its in, but be sure and give it a firm push. dont be afraid.
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Postby Vito Andolini » Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:55 pm

Never put the computer case back together until you are positive it runs properly.

I didn't read through all the pages of this thread so hopefully my tip wasn't already posted.
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Postby kltsin » Thu Jan 13, 2005 11:18 pm

Vito Andolini wrote:Never put the computer case back together until you are positive it runs properly.

I didn't read through all the pages of this thread so hopefully my tip wasn't already posted.


Tip? this is about mistakes YOU have made.

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Postby Vito Andolini » Fri Jan 14, 2005 12:58 am

kltsin wrote:
Vito Andolini wrote:Never put the computer case back together until you are positive it runs properly.

I didn't read through all the pages of this thread so hopefully my tip wasn't already posted.


Tip? this is about mistakes YOU have made.

I spilled my guts pages ago, to err is human


Yes...I have done that before but I'm quite sure others have too.
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Postby colinJohn » Fri Jan 14, 2005 4:51 am

Also don't know if this has been posted before but my stupid mistake was terminal.

When attaching the heatsink to an AMD Athlon CPU (it's a tricky little sprung steel strap that clips either side of the socket and requires quite a lot of downward force to get in place) my screwdriver slipped off the clip and scratched the motherboard. That was the end of that.
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Postby Vito Andolini » Fri Jan 14, 2005 6:42 am

Cable routing is a good practice to allow for better airflow and it makes the inside of the case look neater, but don't do it until you make sure everything works . :D
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Postby Toolfan » Mon Jan 17, 2005 2:10 pm

Well this one I felt so dumb for, I was up at 3 AM trying to do something with my parents PC, well I was trying to do something with the CD burner and for some reason I needed to plug it in, well the PC was still on and I thought well it should be fine, plugged the power cord in and click, the PC went off, didn't come back on for 3 days, I was so scared because it was the parents PC which they bought from radioshack for like 1300$ (compaq eh what a joke, and since my PC is broke as of now I'm actually using the same exact PC I'm talking about in this haha.) But ya they weren't too mad since it worked again.
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Postby evasive » Sat Apr 23, 2005 5:13 am

Make sure your coffee is way, way out of the way when doing work on live systems 8O
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Postby Copper » Sat Apr 23, 2005 10:05 am

evasive wrote:Make sure your coffee is way, way out of the way when doing work on live systems 8O


coffee in the keyboard fault. or rodent drowning fault ?
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