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It ain't always super geek.

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by Techman, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

    Jun 24, 2003
    Got a client machine here.
    A nice featured machine. ASUS board with all the goodies.. IT was reported that it wouldn't run right no matter what. Sudden quits. Failure to boot right. DVD drive fails to show up, strange error reports. Nothing consistent with the facts. LAN fails to connect. All kinds of little things that made this machine act like it is possessed.

    Now to fix it.
    First is to get it to run long eniugh to fix the problems. Got the sudden quits fixed. This was all to easy. The CPU cooling fins were so caked with dust that it look like the bottom of a sauce pan even though he claimed to clean it at least one every few months,, Quick blast with the air gun in the garage cleaned that mess. Now theres the cooling fins. What a cloud it left. Now the machine runs without the quits and I can get into the BIOS start the healing.

    Now for the boot problems.
    Tried changing the drive cables, bios settings etc. Nothing but inconsistent operation. The dvd would show but not the hard drive. Or vice versa. Checked and changed the drive jumpers and all other possible fixes. Even tried the old SATA trick. NADA..

    Yes as the client suggested,,,maybe the motherboard is bad after all. He did claim he tried to adjust every possible setting in there. However, that report left one old stand by trick to pull. The old reset BIOS to default deal. AHA! success. This machine runs perfect now.

    LAN connects, all drives show, does not suddenly quit, all ports operate. Success is mine...

    It doesn't take a geek all the time.. Just someone with some TLC.
  2. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

    Sep 24, 2004
  3. weaselboogie

    weaselboogie Very Active Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    I'm amazed that some machines even still run with all that dust and dirt builtup over years. Everytime I open my computer to do any hardware changes, I vacuum.
  4. Pat Whatley

    Pat Whatley Major Contributor

    Sep 29, 2003
    Wetumpka, AL
    I thought the dust was there to keep everything warm and happy
  5. signage

    signage Major Contributor

    Oct 5, 2005

    No Pat it is all warm and fuzzy! if it was happy it would be cool!hehehehe

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