one bad week for electronics for me

By Tedster ยท 27 replies
Aug 20, 2006
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  1. Motherboard on desktop failed. RMA'd it.
    router for house failed sudddenly after 2 troublefree years. Free replacement from VOIP provider.
    dropped digital camera and broke it. (my bad, now I gotta spend bucks to replace it.)

    I'm not having a good week. I'm dreading what's gonna break next.
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    That`s a bummer mate.

    They do say bad luck comes in three`s. Hopefully, you won`t have any more problems for a good while to come.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    Cheer up. At least you're getting the newer stuff now :)

    And like any sort of tech, new is usualy better no? (with a few exeptions :D)
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    yeah, but it's a royal pain the rectum putting all this equipment back together (and hoping that it works) plus I'm out money for the camera. The stupid lanyard broke while I was at SeaWorld and the camera hit concrete.

    I'm going to sell it for parts on ebay. I've seen other people do it.
  5. IBN

    IBN TS Guru Posts: 487

    Take it easy it could be worse. Dont get stressed out.
  6. Boogityboo04

    Boogityboo04 TS Rookie Posts: 302

    This has been a bad week for electronics for me too... wierd.
    3 hardrive faliures, 1 mobo faliure, 1 power supply for the lasers at work, and just alot of general crashing.
  7. pctec

    pctec TS Rookie Posts: 20

    Oh my... I cant say Ive ever had a week like that :(
    Hang in there... its bound to be smooth sailing from here...
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    I'm more stressed about my deployment in a few weeks to Baghdad.
    Computers come and go..... bullets and IEDs are forever.

    The moons must be aligned or something!!! haha
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I had a hard drive die. I've been running HDD Regenerator on it since Thursday night, its now Sunday night. 65,000 bad sectors and counting - its claiming it has fixed every one, but I somehow doubt the drive is going to be any good when its done.
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    ugh.... I hate it when hard drives die!

    (I haven't had one happen since 1990 - when I had a hard drive on my Atari 800XL act up.) Actually the controller was flakey. It was a BIG 10 megabyte SCSI hard drive the size of a shoebox......
  11. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Posts: 398

    good luck in iraq buddy.

    Plus same thing happened to me when the house caught on fire, we lost a fuji digital camera, Nikon Digital camera, Compaq Desktop, 3 Dell notebooks, and a TV and Home theater system. Plus small things like cell phones, and radios. Hang in there.

  12. Shizat

    Shizat TS Rookie Posts: 70

    Dont come to my house... I'm bad enough on my own :)

    My buddy just had a similar incident, his LCD on his laptop went out, and in the process of fixing it, he didn't realize that his webserver's MB went down too. He's a lucky little cuss though because he managed to trade some working parts with some other friends to manage to get his server back up least of all... And he stillc ouldn't fix the laptop, actually made it worse...LOL
  13. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    Tedster at least you're not a jinx with electronic gadgets. There was a female grad student at the university I work at and when she came into the lab the equipment would stop working! Everytime she TA'd the class I was running around like a madman fixing stuff. Oscilloscopes would just stop triggering properly, motors/optical choppers would stop turning at the correct speed. Even semiconductor bandgap energies would change and the required measurement would be something completely different! OMG.

    I finally had to call in an old priest and a young priest and have her excersized. ;)

    Are you heading to Iraq?
  14. Shizat

    Shizat TS Rookie Posts: 70

    I had a boss that was the opposite way :)

    I would go and tell him about this or that not working... and Magically it worked as soon as he touched it.. Doing the same crap I did... It drove me nuts!!!!

    Oh well, he has retired, and maybe soon I will gain his illustrious powers

    (anybody know how to spell that?)
  15. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    exersized? Was she fat?

    I think you meant exorcised! hahahaha

    yes. I leave for Iraq very soon.
  16. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Good luck man! :) :D Be careful in that damn country.
  17. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    In Canada when you type an "e" after an "x" and it's the second "e" in the word you can automatically substitute an "o" for the second "e".:stickout:

    Take over there Tedster.
  18. Shizat

    Shizat TS Rookie Posts: 70

    Yeah deffinitely take care Tedster... and if it seems to hot over there, just remember, you could always be back at Fort Hood ;) Because I know that it feels just peachy down there like it does here at Ft Sill....
  19. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    I'd rather be at Fort Bliss. Hood sucks. BORING!
  20. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I think El Paso is a great city... Also Juarez too :)
  21. talmont

    talmont TS Rookie

    Know the feeling.

    <while jumping up and down like a little kid> Look at my posts on the NewEgg Bad thread ... I am with you.

    (Hardware grimlins?)
  22. Shizat

    Shizat TS Rookie Posts: 70

    At least you're 1st CV and not 3Corps Artillery...
  23. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    would you believe my PRINTER is now acting up!!!!

    It won't print out any text. It was streaking ink earlier. There's plenty of ink left and I have done automatic head cleaning numerous times. I have a canon i860

    any suggestions?
  24. TCool

    TCool TS Rookie Posts: 64

    Good luck Tedster. I've got a friend going back for his second tour in January, and another friend still unsure whether or not he's going on a second tour. Anyway, just know there are still people in the states that appreciate what you do for this country.
  25. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    I wish the majority would appreciate it. There's a lot of lip service that I saw first hand when I served on recruiting duty. Lots of flag waving, but few man or woman enough to take the call.

    I'm attempting to soak the print head in glass cleaner 50% ammonia and 50% heated water to unclog the nozzles. I'll let it sit overnight. I think the black ink is completely clogged.

    Anybody have any good printer head cleaning suggestions?

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