Word to the wise.

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  1. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Always double-check your connections before powering on.

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  2. Peyomp

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    Follow-up word to the wise: Don't buy any hardware you do not have to. Put it in the cloud if you can. :big grin:

    Someone keep the chain going?
     
  3. SeeVinceRun

    SeeVinceRun Currently In Prison OT Supporter

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    Back up critical data often. It will save your ass one day.
     
  4. BlazinBlazer Guy

    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    wtf melted molex.... :noes:
     
  5. deusexaethera

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    Yeah. I discovered the reason why the mini-molex plugs aren't used very often is because they can easily be plugged in one pin off, unlike the full-size molex plugs. (well, technically, the mini-molex outlets are supposed to be full-surround like the full-size ones are, but nobody uses those anymore.)

    You know what happens when you plug in a mini-molex plug one pin off? You short-circuit 5V or 12V straight to ground, that's what happens. My first hint something was wrong was when smoke started pouring through the fans, and my second hint was when the 12V wire started glowing orange and melted in half. I was completely dumbfounded -- I've never witnessed such a catastrophic failure inside a computer case before. Puffs of smoke, yes, popped caps, yes, but glowing wires and dripping plastic and billowing smoke, no.

    The machine is fine, though. Rewired things a bit so I didn't need that splitter anymore, booted her up, and she's working fine. That right there is one reason to buy a good power supply.
     
  6. deusexaethera

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    Never reformat a disk without backing it up twice. Don't copy the backup, back it up twice. You never know when one of the backups will be corrupted, except that it will probably be the time when you really need it to work.
     
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    Follow-up word to the wise: NEVER vacuum the inside of your PC tower.
     
  8. SeeVinceRun

    SeeVinceRun Currently In Prison OT Supporter

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    Outstanding.
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    My boss did that. While it was on.
     
  11. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    :rofl: Oh my god...

    My preferred dusting method is a natural-hair paintbrush combined with compressed air from an air compressor, because it retains the ambient humidity (and usually has some extra condensation inside the tank). Never had a problem.
     
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    SeeVinceRun Currently In Prison OT Supporter

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    I just do canned air once a month or so. We dont have carpet in my house, so dust is at a minimum.
     
  13. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    He figured he really didn't want to take down the server to clean it out. RAID array go bye bye.
     
  14. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    Word to the wise: quit OT.
     
  15. BlazinBlazer Guy

    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    Damn... that's awesome!

    Worst I've ever seen is a fireball appear out the back of a CRT monitor after the tube exploded :noes:
     
  16. deusexaethera

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    Wow. That's kind of a shit-your-pants moment.
     
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    Laptop LCD panels are grounded. Don't let the metal bracket on it touch your inverter if it isn't fully encased in plastic. (If you're giggling wires to get the backlight to work again) Or you'll short something and fry the battery.
     

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