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Old 2003-12-12, 03:02   #1
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Dawn of the Dead

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Inna bin, stuff has been piling up as of late:

PII 350 + boart
PIII 750 + boart
tbird 1333 x 2, 1 boart
1.6A - box fried, cpu status unknown (should test) evil boart
1.6A + evil boart

256 MB pc166
256 MB pc133
256 MB pc2100
256 MB pc2400
256 MB pc2700 crap timings
various pc100

various untrustable psu's
various small disks
cdrom, floppy drive galore.

4 pentium 1 machines recently discarded.

Am I alone like this? Severe shortage of space means frequent upgrades for the 4 home machines. Any hardware problem is seized upon as an excuse to upgrade. The rest becomes garbage.

Of this experience, boarts have been the most frequent failures with three recent incidents. Two sticks of ram have recently died and two hard disks. Add in the odd nic or vidcard ... not bad for ten years of computing.

What are you guys most frequent failures?
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Old 2003-12-12, 03:54   #2
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I've lost a UPS and 2 hard drives in the last few weeks, and a P4 1.6 over the summer. I can't count the number of fans I've lost. The dog hair doesn't help...

I was able to RMA everything except the UPS. I've killed a few power supplies lately fault for not flipping the 110 / 220 switch before plugging them into 220

Racks help with the space issue - got to love it when work cleans house and tosses 19" racks!

I'm in the process of getting rid of the Pentium 1's...the Pentium Pro machines still have a little life left.
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Old 2003-12-12, 05:54   #3
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Page, I could use the 1.6A and boart for factoring. Also the 256MB PC2100 to make one of my machines dual channel.

Email me if you want to throw it at me. Again, I will gladly pay shipping costs.
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Old 2003-12-12, 09:34   #4
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<----- college kid interested in messing with computers over the next semester.

If you have anything like that you'd like to get rid of for not much above shipping (depending on where exactly these would be shipped from) I'd be interested in whatever is left after outlnder is done with the pile.....

Feel free to PM me (I would've PMed you, but it says u won't accept PMs)

If things work out, I'll be ing to you for helping me out.
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Old 2003-12-12, 10:04   #5
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If you are binning the "PIII 750 + boart" combo.. I have a perfect bin here. Currently running a PIII - 450 ;) But side effect is the shipping to holland is probally huge :(

But indeed the things that failed me most, are harddisks. My first own bought computer in a shop, 80486 DX II 66Mhz with a whopping 420 MB harddisk from seagate crashed after 2 years of running.. All my presious data lost..

Now my latest 60 GB Maxtor also crashed.. An IBM Travelstar of 2,1 GB als crashed (but was mor emy fault.. But it on a unstable pile while running and it fell :( and crashed..

My other IBM disks are running fine and with out probs, and now my newest Samsung 120 GB is perfectly fine ;) altho should run it with a mirror..
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Old 2003-12-12, 12:57   #6
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My primary failures are hard drives - never seem to have enough to keep all my boxen up and running at the same time.

I also have had bad luck with Athlon CPUs, but most of those were before I got good at HS installation. I'm REALLY looking forward to the return of heat spreaders with the Opteron/Athlon 64 line....

(and yes, I hated not having them on P3 series CPUs too - FCPGA was a horrible design decision).
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Old 2003-12-12, 13:10   #7
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I never had serious hardware failures. Plenty dead fans though...
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Old 2003-12-12, 18:44   #8
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Austin, TX

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So far... only Pentium 2 based machines are dieing on me. As for hard drives... they break in the first week or they never break. I still have a 420MB Samsung drive and it works fine... around the clock.
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Old 2003-12-12, 20:03   #9
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I've had a number of HDDs and a PSU go on me recently. The scary part is that they weren't that old. One HDD was about 2 years old, the other about half that.
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Old 2003-12-12, 22:29   #10
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I have been lucky with disks. I killed one troubleshooting and its replacement died shortly after commissioning. Not one disk failure since I started crunching three years ago - rarely booting is going to help prolong life.
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Old 2003-12-12, 22:54   #11
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Originally posted by PrimeCruncher
I've had a number of HDDs and a PSU go on me recently. The scary part is that they weren't that old. One HDD was about 2 years old, the other about half that.
I have installed about 20 ATA-HDs the last 2 years. Different types. About 8 of them failed and already had to be replaced. There is even a free on-site-replacement-service. But this still SUCKS. A LOT!

And the systems where only running 8/24*5/7. This is insane. In the years between 1993 and 1999 i guess (don't know exactly) that i have installed at least 30 HDs and only TWO ever failed. In all those years. Most of those old HDs are still running.

Will - PLEASE - a manufacturer consider producing *heavy*, *reliable* *slower*, *cool* and *more expensive* ATA-HDs again?

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