Build new computer or new son?

August 1, 2010 at 02:35:34
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 2.394 GHz / 6143 MB
Last night around dinner time my son asks if I still have enough parts laying around to build a working computer. I said I thought so and asked why. Apparently earlier in the week the one I gave them a year or so ago just shutdown "on it's own". No big deal it was all old used parts anyway. I told him I would take a look at it. Like I am all that. Assuming I wouldn't be able to fix it i gathered up some parts. Being an insomniac I tore into the one they had about an hour ago. Sure enough when you push the power button nothing happens. My son also said he thoght he smelled something that had burned. I opened it up and found that apparently this is where all the dust in the neighborhood goes to die. I blew it out to see if I could see anything burned and if I could salvage anything. I couldn't see any burned areas or swollen diodes no damage at all. Plugged it back in hit the button still nothing. Ok I have a power supply tester I'll try that. That's when I notice the switch on the power supply is off. Click push the button and off and running we go. I had to wake the bone head up on this one. When asked what he was doing when "it just shut down on it's own" he said he pulled it out from the desk to plug his ipod in one of the rear usb ports. When he was sliding it back in it shutdown. He even showed me how he did it. They have been without since tuesday because the switch on the psu made for a good grip on the back of the box hahahaha.

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#1
August 1, 2010 at 05:46:35
Ok I have a power supply tester I'll try that.

I wouldn't put too much faith in those. In fact, I personally put no faith in them at all.

A couple years back the PSU in my gaming rig stopped working. I powered it off, hit the power button to start it up and..........nothing. Troubleshooting said the PSU was gone.

I took the broken PSU out and then went in to the store the next day. I explained what happened and told the guy I'd like a replacement. He had to put it on his little tester first and of course all the lights lit up and the dork says, "There's nothing wrong with this PSU sir" and I'm like, "Plug it in to a test computer and try it, then tell me there's nothing wrong with it"

He plugged it in to a test computer and sure enough, when he hit the power button, nothing happened.

Needless to say, they replaced it with the exact same make/model (just FYI, it was an Antec 750 w PSU and I'll NEVER buy another Antec so long as I live) and I took it home and put it in my PC. About a month later, the new PSU failed in the exact same way. I took that one back in and replaced it with an EnerMax.


That's when I notice the switch on the power supply is off. Click push the button and off and running we go. I had to wake the bone head up on this one. When asked what he was doing when "it just shut down on it's own" he said he pulled it out from the desk to plug his ipod in one of the rear usb ports. When he was sliding it back in it shutdown. He even showed me how he did it. They have been without since tuesday because the switch on the psu made for a good grip on the back of the box hahahaha.

Now that IS funny! LOL

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
August 1, 2010 at 08:53:16
I forget what brand it is but I got the tester from school. It doesn't have lights it has two meters that so far have been pretty reliable.

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#3
August 1, 2010 at 15:51:39
Aparently I have to build a new daughter as well. I was just informed by my middle daughter, a marine, living in N.C. a texting freak, that she just found out her new $1200 laptop is not water proof like her cell phone. She found this out when shooting im's back and forth with a neighbor she went to take a shower and left the laptop on the sink just outside the shower. She heard the tone from the im program and without thinking reached out and grabbed the laptop to read the message and reply. She said she dried it for about two hours with a hair dryer.

Kids good lord.


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#4
August 1, 2010 at 18:27:25
re: "She said she dried it for about two hours with a hair dryer. "

I had heard of using rice to dry out electronics, but I was skeptical until I saw it with my own two eyes.

I was on a vacation with a group of families a couple of weeks ago. One guy's kid (13ish) dropped his phone into the hot tub. He said the screen did some weird things and then the phone shut off.

Dad went to the hotel restaurant and asked them for a bowl and enough rice to cover the phone. I mentioned that I would be surprised if it really worked.

The next morning the first text I got was from the Dad - but from his kid's phone.


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#5
August 1, 2010 at 22:11:15
I'll let her know thanks Derby. These kids are bound and determined to see me bald yet.

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#6
August 2, 2010 at 05:54:19
The rule in our house is, if you find money in the washer/dryer, it's yours. I started that rule because I NEVER lose $$$ in there but my wife can't seem to remember to empty her pockets before tossing pants in the laundry basket.

Anyhow, one Saturday morning she goes looking for her brand new work phone after I've started the laundry and suddenly remembers she didn't take it out of her jeans before tossing them in the laundry basket. The washer was about half full......on the rinse cycle.......LOL

Since it was her work phone, we quickly replaced it on our own dime (later found out it was covered for accidents and got our $$$ back). A few months later, they upgraded to the best model of blackberry because the one they had decided on was breaking constantly. So while we're packing her stuff, she grabs the original "been through the washer" phone and turns it on. I'll be damned if it didn't fire right up and work.

I've encountered a few laptops that had gotten wet and survived too. Survival rate on "wet" electronics is pretty good if the device is off when it gets wet and you let it dry completely before turning it back on.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#7
August 2, 2010 at 09:28:55
re: "The rule in our house is, if you find money in the washer/dryer, it's yours."

Same rule at my house and for the same reason.

However, being the softy that I am, I have returned wads of cash to my kids when it was easy to tell who's money it was by who's laundry was in the washer.

A buck or 2 I'll keep, change goes in the "community dish".


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#8
August 2, 2010 at 23:43:56
I called her and told her the rice idea. She said her hubby opened it and didn't see any moisture so he hooked up the ac adapter and tried to turn it on. She said they heard a kind of loud pop and that was it. Later she just tried turning it on without the adapter and it seemed like it was booting then she saw a small bit of smoke out the back. All I can say is I am so happy I didn't pay for it.

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#9
August 3, 2010 at 11:48:36
re: "she saw a small bit of smoke out the back"

Based on my experience, once you let the smoke out, you're pretty much done.


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