View Full Version : I Miss My Motherboard

10-29-2004, 06:25 PM

Well, you know how it goes... the man comes to this game with his almost brand new Dell computer that the salesman told him would run any of todays games well... then to find out, your nVidia MX440 card is well, not so hot. Then you find out your 256 of RDRAM is not so hot either... and expensive to replace... so you buy 2 more RIMMS of 128 MB each and you're better off as long as you strip down the processes to bare minimum. Of course, this community helps you save a bundle on that upgrade by bypassing Dell and buying some Samsung RDRAM (now, you gotta have a micron chip on the newer Dell stuff or it won't boot) and they encourage you to get a better CPU with the saved cash. You do so and you also get a 400 watt Antec power supply and a 9700 Pro and you are doing pretty good in the game... then they release ACE... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif All of a sudden, you need that majic Gig of RAM. It will cost you $400.00 just for the RAM! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

You skrimp and save and finally, the day comes when you cobble together your own built at home with the help of the community PC! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif Happy days! Stutter is gone!!! Of course, the ABIT motherboard allows you to tweak your heart out until you break something. That something was a pin in the AGP slot and as I removed the motherboard to rMA it, I managed to slip and break off a mof-set! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/1072.gif

Knowing full well there is no way they'll take it back like that, you go down to the local PC repair shop run by a few Korean fellers. They look at it and smile and say, "No can fix, but sell you much board cheaply"! That translates into...

We will sell you cheaply board for money muchly!

I finally lose my pride completely and call ABIT and tell them exactly what I did and ask them if they will fix it and I'd happily pay. The Chinese feller says, "You no have problem you think... we fix, if in 90 days warrantee, we fix free... if not... $25.00... we understand how these things can happen". Well, that makes one of us because I can't even explain it to myself. I'm so happy that even though the board is within the 90 days and I've got the reciept in my sweaty hands, I give 'em the $25.00! So off my motherboard goes on its West Coast tour!

I sent the board to Freemont, CA by 2nd day air and they got it on Tuesday and the package went out back to me the same day... and a different serial number so it's at least another board! Of course, they used UPS... you know, the surly, overpaid Teamsters!... and the board will make it back to me on Tuesday at the earliest. If they had sent it out by Fed-Ex ground, I'd get it in 3 days tops!

I called Joe ay www.magnum-pc.com (http://www.magnum-pc.com) today and told him I am going to put my PC back together and never tweak it again! There was... how would I put it... diplomatic silence on the other end of the phone! I'm sure he was thinking, "Yeah, right"! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the 3.2 GHz Prescott overclocked to 3.6 GHz, the 1 Gig of RAM and the 800XT vidoe card I have.

And the courage to accept the fact that I'm just not going to be able to overclock the CPU to 3.9 GHz like it can handle with the Danger Den water cooling due to running cheapy RAM.

And the wisdom to keep my peanut butter fingers out of my PC and just enjoy the game! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/351.gif

10-29-2004, 06:52 PM
You have a problem there.
You must fight it.
Give up your mother board and it's little friends that help it.
Free yourself of your evil ways.
I will offer you more of the above help.
First send me that lowly computer fore this is your first step on the long road to recovery. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif

10-29-2004, 06:57 PM

10-29-2004, 07:26 PM
And remember young grasshopper; It's called a motherboard because if something goes wrong with it, it's a mother to fix.

10-29-2004, 07:45 PM
sorry to hear about the problem LB seems like the good guys have it the hardest.imagine if you woulda had to save for a year or so and messed it up just after the warrenty ran out and had no cash to fix it.happend to a friend of mine about 3 months ago.he had just bought a new V-card "i wont say wich"tried to OC it like the guys at the forum told him he could and 2 weeks later sizzle.not to say all ocing is bad just watch what ya do and make sure you have the cash to replace stuff if ya mess it up.

10-29-2004, 08:08 PM
You are exactly right Fordfan. I thought I'd make this post not just to poke fun at myself, but to poke fun at those who can't seem to leave a good deal alone. They gotta go for that extra couple of frames per second. Now, back in the day, when we were getting like 20 frames per second or less, that was a big deal. However, like me, many who are getting just great performance and eye candy all at once... what do we do? You give us books, send us to school and what do we do?!!!

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10-29-2004, 08:41 PM
Tweakers know the risks, and accept them. Anyway, Tweaking is THE GAME and computer games only the guage to measure the degree of Tweak.

btw...new mobo not much more than the FP. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

10-29-2004, 09:07 PM
I am really sorry, LB... But I love your style http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif When I was installing the heatsink on my mobo my screwdriver sliped and hit one of the chips... I was cursing my head off, hoping that PC would boot... was great relief it did-was already saying bye-bye to 220$ I paid for my motherboard. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif Thus, for about half an hour I felt the same as you do. Now, the curse of upgrading-tweaking, etc, is always omnipotently everlastingly present, which might derive from that fear which dwells in every PC builder that his beloved machine will eventually turn into just a piece of scrap in two years ( if not less http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif . Fight it...fight it...errrr how much that new ATI X800XT PE cost about now?? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

10-30-2004, 10:13 AM
The card I bought was a 800XT. Quazi just bought a 800 XTPE for $479.00!

10-30-2004, 10:50 AM
That's some funny stuff Lucky! I am laughing with you, not at you... naw, I am laughing at you...

Actually, I had a problem once when I purchased a motherboard. It would post, but when I tried to load software it ran like a 286 or something! I sent the board back and received another in a few weeks... yes weeks, not days. Attached was a note; PASSED. I plugged in the board, and the same thing again. I called and they said they had replaced the board (BS you know!) So I sent the board back to them again and took note of the serial number and even placed a black dot on the corner of the board (Covertly) with a black marker. A few more weeks later, same board, same problem. Finally, I got ahold of a real smart a$$ tech guy that said, all we make sure os that the board passes post.

So... Since I was already out 3x the shipping (Which would have paid for another board practically) I decided that it was now a matter of principle! I reversed the polarity of the board and fried it. Shipped it off to the place I purchased it from and went and bought another board.

Nearly forgetting about the incident, 3 weeks later I get a knock on the door from the people in brown (UPS). They hand me a package which I unwrap and behold... a brand new board. I was so mad, I nearly threw it away, but built my son a computer instead to replace his 1.6GHz machine.

(My son always likes when I upgrade because he knows he is getting the old stuff - or in this case, the same stuff)

10-30-2004, 04:11 PM
I'm afraid RDRam was a bad expensie idea. Unlucky for those stuck with it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

10-30-2004, 04:48 PM
I realy dont like to touch anything inside my pc, I can be sure I will stuff something or other.You know I can build just about anything mechanical and never think twice about it but I get a cold sweet when i have to work on my pc they just seem so tempremental.