my bad luck - now I need 2 new PC's
ok, I credit myself with being pretty savvy when it comes to building and/or troubleshooting PC hardware issues. Maybe I've been bad this year? Here's the story:
I build a cheap AMD 2200 system for my son. Its got a basic ECS board in it but its stable and ready for him to PU. The day he shows up, the onboard audio quits working. Checked CMOS, onboard jumpers, etc, the built-on AC97 chipset audio is DEAD. Just to get the machine out the door I put a SB sound card in and she is good to go. Last boot before we close it up and POOF! a small puff of smoke. The PC is now dead. After further testing we determined the PS was fried. It had some crispy critters inside but I digress; anyhow we buy a new PS and put it in and nothing. Damn it all. I am never going to get rid of this thing. Here is where things take a real turn for the worse. I decide to test the CPU by placing it my girlfriends AMD1700 system. I place the chip in, install the fan, power it up and get nothing. Hmmm....a bad PS AND a CPU??? What are the chances of that? My experience with component failures has indicated that in 9/10 cases, only one item is faulty. Going forward with the assumption that my sons CPU and PS were bad I decide to put my girlfriends old CPU back in and call it a day. What do you think I get? Nothing. No POST beeps, no video out, no nothing. I recheck it, reseat her CPU, the memory and nothing. I now have successfully taken a second machine out of service.
I know the above method is crude but has always worked for me. What would you have done different?
Last edited by miketyler; 12-24-2004 at 05:49 PM.