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It's OK, we all do stupid things now and then. What's your biggest building fail?

asked Jun 09 '10 at 03:27

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I bought a brand new fancy asus p5k extreme motherboard and fitted an audio plug (front panel) onto a header without checking it was the right one. Immediatly the pc powers down nothing I could do could get it working again, I contacted the company I bought it from and told them they sold me a dead motherboard a got sent a replacement the next day! Ha! Needless to say I read the manual that time and put the plug on the right damn header!!!

answered Jun 09 '10 at 05:55

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I changed the voltage regulator without turning off the power.

It blew up literally in my face like a flashbang!

I had double vision for a very short while but one of my ear keep ringing for days!!!

answered Jun 09 '10 at 10:52

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I have not built a computer yet, I'm planning on building one soon though. I'll say what I did when I was rebuilding a computer for my first time. I did not know how hard you need to press the RAM in so I did not wait for the click. I was hearing beeping and I was wondering what it was, eventually I figured out it was the RAM was not in all the way. I'll never make that mistake again.

answered Jun 09 '10 at 11:23

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Liam Quade

Hahaha never have built one, but I'm in the process, gonna see what people say here so they don't happen to me.

answered Aug 10 '10 at 10:56

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When building my first computer I installed a cheap aftermarket CPU cooler.

Little did I know that it was not clipped in (it wasn't screw, but that cheap-o push pin type) and after about 50 seconds my computer crashed.

Solution: bought a Zalman cooler.

answered Aug 10 '10 at 11:59

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The biggest mistake I made... Well, I custom built my computer, and when I bought all of the components online, I forgot to order a power supply =/ It wasn't a really big deal, I just had to order one and boom :) But I can't believe I forgot it in the first place :P

answered Aug 10 '10 at 12:13

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Proud to say i've burned up 4 motherboards by not squizzing all of the screws that hold the motherboard correctly so letting them get the power supply they needed :P

answered Aug 10 '10 at 13:26

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I forgot to connect the hard-drive, then I turned it on and it started making weird noises so I started freaking out, and ripped the plug out of the wall. All that just because I forgot to connect a wire.

answered Aug 10 '10 at 15:35

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Cateye Productions

I was lucky and nothing went wrong the times I built a system, well, there was an issue with the front USB once which was fixed without any trouble.

answered Aug 10 '10 at 15:50

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This is not really a build but it's a pretty stupid story all the same.

I decided to put all my work onto my new computer because it had a new drive and I figured there would be less chance to loose my precious files because the old drive was getting old. So I copped them to the new computer and wiped the old one ready to do something else with it.

I left the pc on with the files open for about 35 minutes to make a call and have a cup of tea. I sat back down and went into autopilot, totally forgetting that i'd already deleted the files off the old computer, I assumed this was them and promptly deleted the backup. Boom Baby. This 5 years of stuff included such things as some of my favorite photos and websites i'd made and all my university and college work plus a bunch of other stuff.

I always have the recycle bin turned off so I had one of those jaw dropping moments.

The funny side is that I always tell other people to backup because no matter how pro you are, you can still make silly mistakes.

answered Aug 10 '10 at 19:00

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If that ever happens to you again. Try using this software http://www.piriform.com/recuva

Its called RECUVA , it open source/Free and works really well even if you don't have the recycle bin on it can still recover stuff . One of my family deleted all the picture's on a SD card . The person freaked becuase that was like two or 3 years of pics . When i ran recuva it recovered everything that was on there . Its a amazing piece of software .

(Aug 11 '10 at 04:29) techntux techntux's gravatar image

i don't know about the recuva but u can try out the easy recovery pro 8 which recovers even a formated drive. Well if u have formated it more than once and rewrite in it many times.. i don't think u can recover anything.. but if u just deleted them or formated that disk and it is clean u can recover the last data, the ones u deleted.

(Sep 26 '10 at 16:02) lopbox lopbox's gravatar image
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