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Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« on: July 20, 2004, 01:07:54 pm »
I thought I'd start a thread regarding all of the dead hardware that we've been going through.  It seems that a lot of gear has been dying lately, and it's not all mine.

Here is what's died on me the last two weeks.

1. Bios Savior.  I ordered it from FrozenCPU and it worked once.  It refused to flash after that.
2. 120GB Western Digital IDE Harddrive. 

My computer had been acting weird, so I checked my Event Log.  It said "Bad Sectors" I promptly tried to ghost it to a new drive, but it was so full of errors that it wouldn't even "Force" ghost.  The drive kept getting hotter and hotter the longer it tried.  Finally, it got so hot that I could barely touch it and on a whim, I tried again.  It worked!!  The drive is now dead however. . . I got my data just in the nick of time.

Post your toasted hardware here.  If it catches fire and you get pics, you'll get a bump in your post count.  So fry away!

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2004, 03:04:38 pm »
I recently had a Raptor drive die on me, but my replacement should be here any day now  :)
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2004, 05:39:20 pm »
Burned out my sapphire 9800 pro a while back.

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2004, 05:54:01 pm »
Last thing I had die was a WD 100 gig HD about a month ago..........:(
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2004, 10:21:13 pm »
I haven't wrecked much lately, but I am on my third Radeon 9700

Oh and my Enermax 460w PS blew up, literly it blew up in the middle of the night, sorta funny now but at the time I thought someone shot at my house
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2004, 08:07:18 pm »
My server motherboard is now toast  >:( so I am left with nothing.  Luckily it wasn't my webserver that went down. 
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2004, 11:22:45 am »
well lets take a look a the last 3 months for me.

Maxtor 160 GB HD

Microsoft Intelimouse explorerer 3.0 (5 button) mouse

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ati rage 128 pro (w/tv out)
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my poor divx box!}

WD 30 GB HD


HP DeskJet 990 CXI Printer
Samsung 1710 Laser Printer


man i should just quit with hardware

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2004, 07:05:44 pm »
Here's another one. . . my XBOX.

You can't really blame this on me, or anyone for that matter. . . It's an XBOX, and they don't seem to last.  I'm pleased that it wasn't even in my possession when it cratered.

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2004, 05:28:55 pm »
I've recently had a Western Digital 120GB IDE Hard Drive bit the dust.  I replaced it with a Samsung 120GB 7200rpm 8MB cache drive, and I tell you what, it's a lot quieter than WD's drives.

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2004, 01:08:37 pm »
Maxtor 80 gig died, it's been going for a while...............:)
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2004, 09:57:25 pm »
After donating a 20 gig drive to a friend and putting on a fresh install of winxp, it bit the dust.  Half a days work down the drain.  Bleh.

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2004, 02:03:15 am »
The original Microsoft Ergonomical keyboard (ya the white one from 8 years ago) ohh the memories.....

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2004, 02:44:42 am »
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2004, 08:37:36 am »
Post your toasted hardware here.  If it catches fire and you get pics, you'll get a bump in your post count.  So fry away!
Is this the thread on "the benefits of overclocking"?
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2004, 07:19:09 pm »
well was thinking that it was dead hardware or atleast where it was found lol..... snow covered banged up from a toss... so far so good have to get another case though

p4 1.6,dvd drive ,24x10x40 cd rw,40gig hard drive 256 mem, other wards a complete comp


just wondering is this trying to tell me to stay with AMD because p4's  are crap?? jk LMAO

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #15 on: December 25, 2004, 02:18:00 am »
My Chaintech ZNF3-150 gave up the ghost. Dang!

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #16 on: December 26, 2004, 09:08:48 am »
the comp that i was talking about in the above, does work great.. so i should maybe change this one to new hardware LOL!!
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2005, 09:58:55 pm »
Antec True 480 took a crap on me today.............now I'm running half my system on a 350 watt till I can get a new one.
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2005, 06:08:37 pm »
it finaly died legit.

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2005, 05:10:37 pm »
Killed another video card, my ATI 9700 Pro bit the dirt, thank goodness for the 5 year warranty

Guess we will see what comes back from the RMA
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #20 on: March 16, 2005, 10:45:10 pm »
i had a soyop4vda that crapped out, taking with it my 9800pro as well as 512stick of ram. and im hoping nothing else is broken, but ill see when get my new parts. as well my harddrive is pretty old, and is starting to make loud noises, so i wanna replace that as well

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2005, 05:05:08 am »
I blew up a stick of my Crucial Ballistix PC4000 memory in the test rig.  All of a sudden the system went horribly flaky and wouldn't boot.  As it turned out I corrupted a couple of installs of Windows and had to reinstall everything.  Good news is Crucial is sending out new RAM and a postage paid RMA box.

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #22 on: July 27, 2005, 02:33:59 pm »
Maxtor 40 gig HD
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2005, 09:30:13 pm »
Killed a Thermaltake TWV 500 watt PSU the other day.
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #24 on: August 06, 2005, 02:24:06 pm »
Lets see I have blew 2 POS PSU and one WD HD. This WD HD died in about 2 months now that sucks and WD sucks also. I wll never trust WD again. Seagate all the way.
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #25 on: August 15, 2005, 12:34:17 pm »
10 gig hard drive partially dead yet still operational.  ???

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #26 on: February 06, 2006, 09:00:21 pm »
My Thermaltake 560W PSU packed it in ...
oh where oh where has my DC gone, oh where can it be?

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #27 on: February 08, 2006, 12:59:48 pm »
My X800 Pro kicked the bucket yesterday, when I boot the PC, all I get is random white lines all over the place. Thought it was cooling, but everything is snug as a bug, fans work and all. So now I get to send it to ATI for warranty repair. Luckily I had an extra 9600 Pro lying around that will suffice for now.
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #28 on: February 13, 2006, 09:37:19 pm »
Well I now have a dead HIS Excalibur X800 Pro.  I sat down at 6:30 tonight to do one more test before I finish writing and uploading my article on TEC cooling.  The plan was to share the load of the system between two power supplies by putting my two raptors and the X800 on the secondary power supply.  After swapping molex connectors the system refused to boot saying the card was not plugged in.  So....back to the old configuration of running everything on one power supply.  Stlil nothing.  I managed to get my SFF box up and running.  I tried it in that system too and still no go.  So I've declared it...DEAD!  But I don't want to upgrade my whole system to accomodate a new pcie graphics card.  So until then, I'll try and find an ol cheapy agp piece of crap to shove in there so I can retrieve my files.  Maybe after a few pay checks and I can get some new gear.

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #29 on: May 07, 2006, 05:59:27 pm »
WD2500JB 250 gig ide drive is biting the dust.  Still hoping I can ghost to a new drive once I get one. 

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #30 on: July 30, 2006, 01:12:21 pm »
My wife killed a 6600GT recently, and I just blew up a 7300GT.  It was a good week or two.

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #31 on: September 18, 2006, 06:13:39 pm »
Seagate 80GB S-ATA 7200.7 died on me. It was starting to suffer from head failure as it would spin down, click, and then spin up again. It served me well for 3 years before blowing the gasket.  :P
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #32 on: September 18, 2006, 08:41:04 pm »
WD 160 GB kicked the bucket the other day. Gotta get a nice big HDD for hockey season.
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #33 on: September 19, 2006, 05:30:49 am »
In addition to the hard drive going out, my network card in my linux firewall failed as well, so I was without internet for a while and spent a good couple hours trying to troubleshoot where the issue was. Then having to find the right network cables to run it into my linksys router to get back online.

Now to try and find the time to fix the main router.  :(
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #34 on: September 19, 2006, 06:08:59 am »
Good luck on finding the time to fix your router rick, I hear thats a scare commodity these days.

I'll add to the list of hard drive woes, my 80 GB WD kicked the bucket over the weekend, got the nice click, click, click when i booted it up on sunday.


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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread - Crappy Phone
« Reply #35 on: February 15, 2007, 06:20:27 pm »
My Motorola V710 quit working suddenly a while back.  I won't call out or receive calls.  I guess I should see if I can get it fixed.

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #36 on: February 15, 2007, 08:10:34 pm »
no dial tone hey??  nice pic move or delete is cool
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread - Crappy Phone
« Reply #37 on: February 15, 2007, 11:10:09 pm »
My Motorola V710 quit working suddenly a while back.  I won't call out or receive calls.  I guess I should see if I can get it fixed.

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #38 on: February 20, 2007, 04:59:16 am »
 My shiny new, mirror finish, 550W Velocity Micro brand (manuf. unknown) PSU said goodbye. Bye!

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #39 on: October 17, 2007, 03:58:13 pm »
Well I got home from work (September 21st) and decided that I would give STALKER a try.  Downloaded it from STEAM and started attempting to play.  The game would hard lock my computer.  I solved this by disabling EAX.  Once I was able to play, within minutes (around 5 or so) I would get colored lines radiating through the screen.  The game wouldn't lock up, but the graphic corruption got worse.  I checked my temps on my X1900XTX and they didn't seem too out of line (70 C).  I tried a few other games,  but they didn't exhibit the problem, but they didn't heat up the card as much either.  I tried cranking up the fan speed to see if I could keep the card cooler, and thus associate the problem with heat, but it didn't seem to lower the heat enough.  I cleaned out the HSF thoroughly without success.  I then tried seeing if ATI Tray Tools would show the same thing.  I ran the 3D view while scanning for artifacts and within a few minutes, I started to get them (artifacts).  At this point I knew the card was screwed (memory most likely), so I checked my warranty.  ATI's warranty is only good for 1 year (BS) and I knew I was close.  I checked my receipt from Memory Express and I had purchased it September 7th and it was September 21st that I discovered this.  Then I noticed that I had got the IRP from Memory Express for 2 years.  To make a long story short, I got a replacement, a HD2900XT.  I would have rather gotten an 8800GTS 640MB (it would have been cheaper for Memory Express too), but I didn't get any input on that decision.  So I got a better card out of the deal, with DX10 (I don't have Fista though) and the Orange Box free.  I finished HL2 E2 twice before I left for work (Oct 14th).
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #40 on: November 19, 2007, 04:17:21 pm »
My wife killed it.  It was working fine - then suddenly BSOD!

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #41 on: November 20, 2007, 08:34:17 am »
got an MP3 player awhile back and it was working fine for about 3 months so i decided to throw out the receipt because i was cleaning up and not even a week after i threw it out it stops working  :( but that's the way it always goes lol  :laugh:

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #42 on: November 20, 2007, 10:06:02 am »
My wife killed it.  It was working fine - then suddenly BSOD!

 ;D  BSOD (Big Smash Of Destruction)
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #43 on: November 20, 2007, 09:45:46 pm »
Motherboards of the dead:

Intel DG965WH - RIP Mar 2007
GA-P965-DS3 - RIP June 2007
GA-P35-DS3R - RIP Oct 2007

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #44 on: November 24, 2007, 02:53:08 pm »
Motherboards of the dead:

Intel DG965WH - RIP Mar 2007
GA-P965-DS3 - RIP June 2007
GA-P35-DS3R - RIP Oct 2007

It's not me, I swear.  ::)
How did you manage to do that lol :P

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #45 on: December 19, 2007, 10:32:04 pm »
I just got back from a bit of a break down in Montana and found that my Netgear WNR854T Router is a brick.  It was the only thing not plugged into a UPS - not sure if that's related, but it still sucks.  No internet in the house now . . . only the shop.

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #46 on: May 30, 2008, 06:54:24 am »
I guess I've been pretty luck. I've never really had any of my electronics break down on me. The only thing close was a XFX 680 SLI LT Motherboard that I ordered arrived DOA.

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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #47 on: May 31, 2008, 08:19:58 pm »
Mmmm, it looks like me ancient Seagate 80GB IDE decided it was time to quite on me.
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Re: Perpetual Dead Hardware Thread
« Reply #48 on: December 14, 2008, 08:44:14 pm »
 Yay....my first dead-post. Hitachi DeathStar (deskstar) 160Gb IDE HD gone