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Old 01-06-2008, 11:25 AM   #1
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Default Phew, that was close!

You know that little niggling thing in the back of your head: the one that tells you "Whoah there, boy, are you sure you want to do this?" The one that we generally ignore then wish we hadn't? Well, this time I listened to it, for once, and it was right. Here's the story...

A new neighbour brought her PC in to me yesterday because it kept crashing. I opened it up and reseated a couple of PCI cards that weren't being held down properly then, as I was about to plug the computer into the mains, I felt that little niggling doubt. Couldn't work out what it was all about: I reopened the case, checked the cards again, checked that I hadn't left any cables unplugged, and all the while she was chatting away in her American accent about how she loved the road and how happier she felt than in Chicago.

I had the mains lead in my hand by this stage, about to plug it in, happily ignoring the little niggle, when... Chicago? What, as in America? Don't they use 115V instead of 230? Bloody hell! Ding, ding, ding, warning, warning!! Tunnel vision, stared at the IEC socket, saw 115V, casually asked her if she used a transformer for the PC (I do. Oops, should I have told you that? Er, yes, it would have been nice). Slid the switch to 230V, didn't blow up the power supply. Phew.

Lesson finally learned: ignore the little niggle at your peril!

   
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Old 01-06-2008, 12:31 PM   #2
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That was brilliant! (Lucky you!)

   
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Old 01-06-2008, 01:02 PM   #3
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Lucky? Gosh yes! Hope you're well, sweetheart

   
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You know. If you Brits would just hurry up and become a proper colony of the Uber States of Alles we could fix these things once and for all.
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Good catch. Did re-seating the cards fix the problem?
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Now, now

   
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:04 PM   #7
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Yes, I think that was the main reason why she kept on getting the blue screens. Especially after she told me a repair shop got her to buy a new graphics card, and that the problem didn't go away.

The PC is a Dell from four years ago: Dell wanted to make it easier for users to add expansion cards (mainly because they were always getting flack from idiot journos who slated the products because you needed to use a screwdriver). So these grey Dell towers have a long green clip which is meant to hold the cards in place instead of a screw, but the clip was plastic, and didn't always do its job

   
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