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12:08 pm on Mar 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Friday night I was chatting with my spiders co-mod Ocean10000 and right in the middle of chat all my screens went black, poof, gone.

A quick exam of the computer revealed the over-clocked gaming graphics card was hot enough to bake bread, smouldering hot, so on a hunch and a couple of 3rd degree finger burns, assumed the graphics card had fried, baked or roasted. Threw another $200 down the toilet replacing old gaming graphics card with another at Best Buy and VOILA! it worked the first time, much to my amazement that something was finally simple to resolve after all the crap going wrong this month but that's another thread, or 3, or 20...

Anyway, what's up with virgin motherboards that have never been touched since being shipped from the factory? Seems you almost need a degree in dentistry to remove cables and extract cards the first time as they simply don't want to budge. I honestly expected a fractured motherboard to result from the amount of effort required to remove this graphics card.

Then, naive me, I thought while I'm at it, let's toss in an extra 4GB of RAM in those 2 empty slots, easy 'nuff? Easy hell, those slots didn't want to let the card in quite all the way nor did the locking clips on either end work properly. Had to exert Herculean strength to get those memory cards securely inserted. Another chance to fracture the motherboard just taunting us to push harder, break something, dare you.

Finally got the cards seated and locked into place, worked first time, whew.

With all the extra memory and much faster graphics it's like getting a new machine!

But was it worth the fuss?
3:08 pm on Mar 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Remember the days when a little extra RAM, a few MB, cost $600.00 or more? Had an old Packard Bell I expanded about 18 years ago and seem to recall it was about $100.00 per MB. How times have changed.

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7:03 pm on Mar 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I remember a few years back when I spent about $5K on a computer and the cost was mostly memory.
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and the cost was mostly memory.


Yours or the computer's :)

LOL

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8:18 pm on Mar 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

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just bought a laptop 6gb cost 380 - my last cost 1000 and had 1Gb !
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extract cards the first time as they simply don't want to budge


Tell me about it. I've got one right now where it seems just to clean the graphics card I'll wreck everything.
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Would be nice if every bit of plastic in the innards (of anything!) had a little flag that said either

"It is OK to break this, just be sure to use heat-resistant glue"

or

"This innocuous-looking piece has vital circuitry inside so don't mess with it"
11:59 pm on Mar 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

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After we practically destroyed the computer I finally found a PDF on the manufacturers site that went into details about upgrading and replacing hardware. Went into details about clips you can barely see that need to be released and such vs. posts people make online "just pull hard, it might break off but it'll be OK" LOL

Wonder why I couldn't find that PDF until after I almost wrecked the machine? :)
3:59 pm on Mar 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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My guess would be that you couldn't access the Internet because the machine was inoperable while you were working on it. :-)
4:06 pm on Mar 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Nope, had other machines and multiple ways to connect. Lack of internet would require a total loss of the power grid or a nuke strike.
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hahaahahahahahahh I just have this vision of you tugging really hard on this PCI-E card without knowing about that little tab on the slot that keeps the card locked in.
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> little tab

Yeah, i've done that, and broken of the tab. It was a memory card and it seemed like it was glued in place. Despite breaking the tab, the new memory went in ok and all worked fine.

Anyhow, i'm glad you goy it all sorted.
6:02 pm on Mar 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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tugging really hard on this PCI-E card without knowing about that little tab on the slot that keeps the card locked in.


We knew it had to be there, we simply couldn't see it!

You could tell something was holding it in place but those big double-wide gaming graphics cards kind of obscure the view of the slot.
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I normally end up breaking them on purpose just for that very reason. If you have a big card , dending on the placement its a real SOB to get to the tab. I give it a good try but if its being stubborn its getting broke off.

got a few in SLI? ha good luck, might as well break them off before install.
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Nope, had other machines and multiple ways to connect.


But of course you did, it just - oh, never mind . . . :-P
6:35 pm on Mar 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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My router's (re)installation instructions are only available online. Unless you're in "been there, done that" mode and take the precaution of writing it all down on a piece of paper before you start turning things off.