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June 26th, 2009
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I don't think it's supposed to do that
PC was playing up. With a boot CD managed to find out it was claiming the BIOS wasn't ACPI compatible. Nonsense, and some web forums suggested various reasons this might happen.
Ram problems was one, so I tried reseating it, and lost the video output.
Well, I did the shopping and dropped off some stuff at the church, then tried reseating the ram again and the graphics card as they're close together so I might have knocked it loose earlier.
Power on, and...
It caught fire.
Literally.
Where can I get a PC with XP instead of Vista these days?

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From:blackberry44
Date:June 26th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
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Power on, and...
It caught fire.
Literally.


I'm terribly sorry, but I couldn't help screeching with laughter. I'm sorry. I hope it didn't do any damage.
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From:oldbloke
Date:June 26th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
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Apart from leaving me with a totally shagged PC, you mean?

I did panic a bit when I saw the bright yellow flame, I must admit. But it soon went out when I pulled the power cord out. Just possibly if I remove that one ram stick it might run again, but I doubt it. PCs aren't keen on being set fire to, generally.
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From:oldbloke
Date:June 26th, 2009 11:38 am (UTC)
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Tried removing the ram, no help. No more burning, but it's very very dead.
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From:bonyandidle
Date:June 26th, 2009 11:40 am (UTC)
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I'm not much of a fan of being set fire to either, to be fair.
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From:blackberry44
Date:June 26th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
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The RAM stick set your PC on fire?

Please tell me what make it is so that I can avoid it when I do my upgrade in a few days' time.
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From:oldbloke
Date:June 28th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
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I'm kind of assuming that when I reseated it the last time, either enough fluff of the right sort got trapped across some tracks, or the contacts on the ramstick or the socket got damaged; thus a short was created that generated enough heat to start a small fire. It was quite exciting.
We cannot, of course, find the receipt for this machine, but it's probably in the house somewhere. Not sure if an insurance company is going to pay up without, especially as the incident was closely associated with my handling.
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From:maviscruet
Date:June 26th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
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Overclockers (who I brought my PC from) are still offering xp as an option (in fact I spent ages umming and ahhing over that).
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From:oldbloke
Date:June 26th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
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oooo, they offer 'no OS' too...
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