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Re: Graphics card blew up yesterday

Post by Guest on August 26th 2008, 4:48 am

Thanks, Sharon.

I also added an extra fan to draw air in at the front of the tower when I was reassembling everything, now I have one bringing air in at the front and one taking air out at the back in addition to the power supply fans.

Everything is running pretty cool so far (assuming these figures are correct, of course). The computer had been running for over an hour when I checked.



Mind you, it was only about 17 Celsius in the room when I took that screenshot (from SIW). I'm sure the readings will be a bit higher when summer arrives. Cool

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Post by Guest on September 1st 2008, 2:06 am

Well, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one this sort of thing happens to.

http://www.pcqanda.com/dc/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=2&topic_id=489873

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Post by Guest on April 13th 2009, 9:32 pm

Well, now I'm really annoyed.

The motherboard I got from Chris last year has died in exactly the same way mine did. I had the computer running yesterday, wasn't even doing anything when *click*, it just turned itself off.

When I tried to turn it on again, the green and red lights on the tower stay on continuously (the green is supposed to, the red is the hard drive light). The fans are running but nothing else happens.

I'm getting the impression this is a common fault with certain older Gigabyte motherboards. Looks like it might finally be upgrade time. Cool

Now, I'm confined to my 2 laptops until I can get a new main PC up and running. Thank goodness for laptops. Laughing

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Post by irishgodfather1 on April 13th 2009, 9:44 pm

Boy Carl that's a shame.
Hope you get your new one up soon.
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Post by shanaya on April 13th 2009, 9:55 pm

Carl D wrote:Well, now I'm really annoyed.

The motherboard I got from Chris last year has died in exactly the same way mine did. I had the computer running yesterday, wasn't even doing anything when *click*, it just turned itself off.

When I tried to turn it on again, the green and red lights on the tower stay on continuously (the green is supposed to, the red is the hard drive light). The fans are running but nothing else happens.

I'm getting the impression this is a common fault with certain older Gigabyte motherboards. Looks like it might finally be upgrade time. Cool

Now, I'm confined to my 2 laptops until I can get a new main PC up and running. Thank goodness for laptops. Laughing

Now you really have an excuse to upgrade! Wink
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Post by Guest on April 13th 2009, 11:55 pm

Trying to decide whether to just get a new motherboard, processor, RAM and graphics card (I can't use that expensive AGP card in any new motherboards, they're all PCI Express) or get a complete new tower with it.

Decisions, decisions... Laughing

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Post by Guest on April 15th 2009, 9:30 pm

Carl D wrote:
I'm getting the impression this is a common fault with certain older Gigabyte motherboards. Looks like it might finally be upgrade time. Cool

I must be psychic.

http://www.pcqanda.com/dc/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=2&topic_id=502454

Shocked

I'm off to the computer shop today. Laughing

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Re: Graphics card blew up yesterday

Post by Guest on April 16th 2009, 1:04 am

Playtime! Laughing



The black case on the left is the new one. The one behind it is the old one. I have to take the power supply, hard drives and DVD drive out later.

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3L Motherboard (with solid capacitors made in Japan) $199.
Kingston Hyper X 800Mhz 4GB RAM. $69.
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8Ghz Processor. $184.
ASUS 9600GT PCIe 512MB Graphics Card. $168.
Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case. $119.

Grand total of $739. Including $67.18 GST (Goods & Sales Tax) Shocked

Its only a modest system, I'm not into gaming or anything really intensive. Might have to put Vista on since I have 4GB of RAM, I'm going to have to reinstall Windows anyway.


I now have a rather expensive Nvidia AGP graphics card, two 2.8Ghz P4 Socket 478 processors, 2 x 1GB and 2 x 512MB sticks of DDR-400 RAM that I can't use anymore. Sheesh, with all the other computer parts I have lying around here all I need is another motherboard and I can make up a second PC. Cool

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Post by Doreen on April 16th 2009, 11:58 pm

waiting to hear if it is up and running yet.

Looks like it will be a busy day for you today.
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Post by Guest on April 17th 2009, 12:36 am

Nope. just doing a bit at a time. Spent most of the morning taking things out of the old tower. I'm not throwing anything out except maybe the 2 stuffed motherboards, I'm keeping the processors, RAM, etc.

I need an extra fan for the new tower to put in the front so it keeps the hard drives really cool. Cool

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Post by Guest on April 18th 2009, 11:15 pm

Finished! Well, sort of. I still have to put the digital TV tuner card back in later.

Easier to get to those pain in the butt motherboard connectors for the front buttons and LED's with it out just in case I haven't got them right.







There's 2 fans in the front, one at the back and one on the top. That's in addition to the CPU and power supply fans of course. I like the idea of having the power supply at the bottom of the case. First one I've seen one with that. Makes it much easier to get to things on the motherboard. Cool

Now, I just need to get the courage up to connect it and turn it on. eek

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Post by Guest on April 20th 2009, 11:34 pm

All working now. Cool



Had a weird problem where it shut down and restarted a few seconds after I pressed the power button every second or third time. After it was up and running in Windows, it could go for hours without a problem.

I noticed the processor fan wouldn't turn until a few seconds after I pressed the power button. It would 'twitch' slightly, then wait a couple of seconds before spinning. The protection circuit must have been activating to protect the processor from possible overheating.

It would also do it sometimes when I was restarting Windows, it would 'click' completely off and start up again instead of the 'soft' start it was supposed to normally do.

I did a search online and this appears to be a common problem with these Gigabyte motherboards. There was a BIOS update that I've installed which seems to have solved the problem.

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Re: Graphics card blew up yesterday

Post by Mousessugar on April 21st 2009, 12:37 am

Awesome Job there .. I would'nt know where to start .. wtg up
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Post by Doreen on April 21st 2009, 4:19 am

Carl, I'm impressed. I really like those fans. I'm into lots of fans too, I don't have the front ones, good idea.

NOW in my house those fans move things and I have to dust it out more often, but in your house it doesn't look like it might be able to find a dust bunny to suck in.

awesome job.
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Post by Guest on April 21st 2009, 4:37 am

Thanks, Marti and Doreen.

I was going to put Vista Home Premium on there but I've settled for XP Home for the time being. The digital TV tuner card doesn't work with Vista and I don't feel like paying another $200 or so for a new one at the moment. Laughing

It was just a matter of installing Windows XP with my programs back onto the 'C' partition (after downloading the latest drivers for my video card, etc.) All my data (movies, pictures, music, documents, etc.) were still on the other partitions. I wouldn't have lost them anyway - I have them duplicated on my 2 laptops as well as on a couple of external hard drives plus they're also on CD's and DVD's.

Hey, Shawna. Remember these?



Those USB 'half a golf ball' extensions. I don't need to use them anymore since the new tower has 2 USB ports on the front. You'll have to change my title at FFA to something else now. I'm not 'Shiny Balls' anymore. Laughing

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Post by Doreen on April 21st 2009, 10:03 am

Carl D wrote:Thanks, Marti and Doreen.
You'll have to change my title at FFA to something else now. I'm not 'Shiny Balls' anymore. Laughing



Too much information for me,


Especially this early in the morning. I'm just having a coffee.
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