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Old April 21, 2011, 05:34 AM
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I was very close to utilising my framing hammer as a means to repair my computer last night This was just too weird of a story to not post it.

I have had a bit of bad luck recently with a "straight forward" install to windows 7. My $60 new hard-drive and a copy of Windows 7 I had, turned into a new Dell 23" monitor and almost a whole new system. The monitor had a bad DVI port, known issue that I had fixed in the past but finally couldn't this time. My wife was not happy last night as I had not re-installed all her music software and playlists so I was frantically working to get them back for her last night. During this I was fiddling at the back of the computer to plug in a USB device. I sat back down to find the computer totally locked up, but no BSOD. Checked everything and the only way I could make anything happen was to pull the power cord.

This led to about an hour of the computer not powering on at all, sometimes being able to get to the BIOS or it simply powering up to a black screen. But most of all it wouldn't turn on at all. At this point I was looking for my hammer but tried reseting the CMOS a few times to no avail. As I got ready to give up I touched the back of the case around the USB inputs and the computer fired up?!! I ran over to see if I could reset the BIOS and heard the hard-drive stop spinning I then put my finger back on the same spot at the back of the case and the HD started off again. Through a series of finger rolling and pushing the computer loaded to Windows for the first time in over an hour in fits and starts.

Turns out I originally shifted the metal surround at the back of the case and simultaniosly pushed the jumper to far in on the BIOS reset pins on the back of the mobo. The end result was the the 3 pins for BIOS reset were now contacting the metal and creating a wierd circut preventing even turning on the computer or accepting BIOS changes.

So yeah, I was giddy as a school girl as I had the laptop up and running on NCIX and working on convincing the wife why I needed to build a new system. Perhaps this isn't funny but you had to be there, pushing your finger on the case to see the stupidity/freak accident/humor in it all
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Old April 21, 2011, 06:12 AM
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Thanks for sharing.
I can't say I used a hammer to fix computer issues before, but I have used pliers, ramming with a screwdriver, and other things that wouldn't be considered "careful". One instance of that is my home server - the Coolermaster PSU (yep, now I agree with most here to never buy PSU from them) sometimes makes a loud griding sound with the fan. My solution is to hit the fan with the tip of a screwdriver to realign it
I even turned the PSU "upside down" on my bottom-mounted PSU case to make it easier to strike the fan when it wants to make noises!
(btw that fan is still spinning as I type this post, so apparently hitting it doesn't quite stop it)
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Old April 21, 2011, 06:20 AM
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My wife was not happy last night as I had not re-installed all her music software and playlists so I was frantically working to get them back for her last night.

They bitch when you spend too much time working on your rig but heaven help you if their Facebook etc. is not working.
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Old April 21, 2011, 06:32 AM
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They bitch when you spend too much time working on your rig but heaven help you if their Facebook etc. is not working.
Rgr that, fvcking facebook honestly I think 99% of my hatred of facebook come from fixing famdams computers just so they can browse facebook.
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Old April 21, 2011, 04:53 PM
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Ahahah !

Yes I have.Both a framing hammer and a sledge hammer.

On the same repair job , the motherboard also required the use of a jumping jack,a hydraulic press ,a blowtorch and a chisel.

problem solved 100%

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Old April 21, 2011, 05:02 PM
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In the old days, we didn't need hammers as the parallel port cables were well secured to the case... you'd be amazed at how far you can "throw" a mid-sized case when you swing it around your head........ ;)

Hammer??? Nope, but I have had a set of channel locks in there for something I was getting tired with...... :)
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very nice. hope the wife understands why you need an unlocked cpu to go with that new build!

let us know what you need it for and what the budget is, we'll surely jot down something for ya!

funny guy :D
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Ahahah !

Yes I have.Both a framing hammer and a sledge hammer.

On the same repair job , the motherboard also required the use of a jumping jack,a hydraulic press ,a blowtorch and a chisel.

problem solved 100%

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Ahahah !

Yes I have.Both a framing hammer and a sledge hammer.

On the same repair job , the motherboard also required the use of a jumping jack,a hydraulic press ,a blowtorch and a chisel.

problem solved 100%

How's the 680i holding up anyways? Any time I want to experience a laugh so strong it hearts I look for your thread. After my experience with the 780i I can relate on a very close level lol.
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