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    It really takes both hands to blow your nose
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    i learned not to press down on a procescor when installing it in a motherboard. i will never forgive myself for bending the pin that dual core when they first came out and cost some serious money.

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    i learned not to press down on a procescor when installing it in a motherboard. i will never forgive myself for bending the pin that dual core when they first came out and cost some serious money.
    ZIF slot: Zero Insertion Force slot. At least now you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TigerhawkT3 View Post
    ZIF slot: Zero Insertion Force slot. At least now you know.
    Yeah, glad that i learned it with that dual core instead of now with my quad core. i love my 3.4ghz of raw overclocked power! another thing i learned the hard way was that sharp saws are safer then dull ones. all those boy scout lectures years ago and i never listened. my left index finger will never forgive me. now every time i make a fist, that finger makes a not so good sounding pop. i cut it right on the knuckle.

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    do not make a soda can stove to short and the holes to small. the fuel will spray out the seams and light everything on fire (including yourself)

    im oke though =P just let this be a warning to people making one
    yeah i bought another one... the last one just wasnt what i was looking for

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    Do not nail/epoxy/bolt shut anything that's designed to expand

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    For anything that is designed to hang on the wall independently its best not to add glass ornaments

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    Make sure ya wire cutters are sharp enough to strip the insulation from cables or one slip and this can happen


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    When manually overclocking using your computers BIOS, do not double your cpu's multiplyer.

    When your plan above does not work, do not start moving random jumpers on your computer thinking you are clearing the CMOS.

    That was not me, but a friend who saw me overclocking my pc and wanted to do the same. Now he is very experienced. Thankfully.

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    Just because axes are dull, does not mean hatchets are.

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    rely only on yourself.

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    Don't overclock unless you are willing to spend time figuring it out. (a few times over the years)

    Don't overclock your friend's processor when he is compiling something, the processor will overheat and crash (2004)

    Don't overclock your computer at a LAN party to unrar something faster, WinRAR will end up giving you an error. (2009)

    When the power company contractor says they are going to cut your power, they won't cut it until you have stopped watching them and go to play computer games (2006) I bought my first ups after that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrmcferren View Post
    Don't overclock your computer at a LAN party
    I learned to tweak nothing at a LAN party. last time i did, i went to take a leak and left my BIOS open and when i got back, i was at my desktop and i forgot about the overclocking, so it turned out a couple of my friends turned the front side bus down to 180 mhz and the multiplyer down to like 8. needless to say i could not play the game, so i spent the first 2 round trying to figure out what went wrong. i think they were just so afraid of my battlefield 2 skills (project reality mod) they had to shut me down.

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    If, in the course of your life, you have to choose between two paths, and one path will lead to a can of Fix-a-Flat(the large tire truck and suv can, no less) exploding in the back seat of your truck...........the OTHER path is undoubtedly the path you should choose.

    Just fyi.

    Edit: Cleaned it all up as best I could, left all the windows open and a large fan blowing in the cab. Five hours later and the fumes are still so strong that it'd be unsafe to sit in the cab with the windows closed. Moving all that kind of stuff to storage areas outside the cab!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel_Bomber View Post
    If, in the course of your life, you have to choose between two paths, and one path will lead to a can of Fix-a-Flat(the large tire truck and suv can, no less) exploding in the back seat of your truck...........the OTHER path is undoubtedly the path you should choose.

    Just fyi.
    Yikes!! What caused it to explode?

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    Yikes!! What caused it to explode?
    Getting caught and crushed between a tool box and the seat back when I lifted the horizontal section of the seat. Doesn't taste very good, either. Glad I had my sunglasses on.

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    A 2,000 watt fuel efficient generator running a few things is better than a 10,000 generator that used up all your fuel that you can't replace. Goes with...no such thing as to much fuel on hand PRIOR to a storm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDave View Post
    A 2,000 watt fuel efficient generator running a few things is better than a 10,000 generator that used up all your fuel that you can't replace. Goes with...no such thing as to much fuel on hand PRIOR to a storm.
    Ha. if i had a 10000 generator, i would sell it, buy a 3000 watt one, and buy some flashlights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDave View Post
    A 2,000 watt fuel efficient generator running a few things is better than a 10,000 generator that used up all your fuel that you can't replace. Goes with...no such thing as to much fuel on hand PRIOR to a storm.
    was it a Honda EU2000iA that replaced your 10,000W... jeezez where'd you find a 10kW portable? The smallest permanent mount Genny was from Briggs and Straton and it was a 7kW

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    When hooking up a blue laser diode for a demonstration, always use a soft-start circuit to drive it instead of a simple series resistor with a noisy on/off switch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonWrangler View Post
    When hooking up a blue laser diode for a demonstration, always use a soft-start circuit to drive it instead of a simple series resistor with a noisy on/off switch.
    you fried a 473 nm diode!?

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    you fried a 473 nm diode!?
    I fried a 410nm blu-ray violet laser diode.

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    alotta money in that smoke...

    How dare you use a resistor?! at the very minimum a LM317 in current regulation mode could've been better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Illum View Post

    alotta money in that smoke...

    How dare you use a resistor?! at the very minimum a LM317 in current regulation mode could've been better
    I agree, Illum - it was a really dumb@$$ move. I was in a hurry to put something together for the CPF gathering and I didn't have the time to whip up a proper current-limiting setup. Actually I think it was the slide switch that killed it though - I've blown a couple of 670nm red diodes with noisy connections.

    Now that violet laser diode is just a violet LED - it doesn't lase anymore, leading me to believe that I cracked one of the internal facets on the chip. At least it still makes light...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonWrangler View Post
    I agree, Illum - it was a really dumb@$$ move. I was in a hurry to put something together for the CPF gathering and I didn't have the time to whip up a proper current-limiting setup. Actually I think it was the slide switch that killed it though - I've blown a couple of 670nm red diodes with noisy connections.

    Now that violet laser diode is just a violet LED - it doesn't lase anymore, leading me to believe that I cracked one of the internal facets on the chip. At least it still makes light...
    Cracking...dunno, I dunno how laser diodes are constructed to know that....but knowing that EMP can vaporize copper vias between substrate layers and pop a hole between substrate I would say...
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    Methinks if the bond wire vaporized, it wouldn't light up at all...?

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    I've had a couple of Crees that have gone into very low light mode, I think thanks to getting too hot.
    No, a torch does not always mean flames.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonWrangler View Post
    Methinks if the bond wire vaporized, it wouldn't light up at all...?
    If the potential between the bias are high enough...I'd say it might be able to light up through induction?
    dunno...I'll edit that

    It always makes me wonder why laser diodes have 3 pins while LEDs only have 2...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel_Bomber View Post
    Getting caught and crushed between a tool box and the seat back when I lifted the horizontal section of the seat. Doesn't taste very good, either. Glad I had my sunglasses on.

    Did the same thing with a can of Great Stuff. I could never get all that shit off. When I sold the Silverado there was still a mess back there. Didn't effect the resale value any, I don't think they noticed it. They were too interested in the 3 bullet holes in the side.

    Which brings me to something else I learned the hard way, when she says "I'm getting a divorce" that means the dude is still around. Meet at your place instead of her's.
    Good thing he can't shoot worth a ****.
    Oh and BTW 6 years later those 2 are still married and now have 2 kids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt. LED View Post
    Did the same thing with a can of Great Stuff. I could never get all that shit off. When I sold the Silverado there was still a mess back there. Didn't effect the resale value any, I don't think they noticed it. They were too interested in the 3 bullet holes in the side.

    Which brings me to something else I learned the hard way, when she says "I'm getting a divorce" that means the dude is still around. Meet at your place instead of her's.
    Good thing he can't shoot worth a ****.
    Oh and BTW 6 years later those 2 are still married and now have 2 kids.
    Thats nice. LOL. anyway, a few days ago, one of my friends gets the holy grail of cpu cooling. a phase change unit. so we install it to his i7, we fire it up at look at the tempature. 10c, well, that is not right. so we take it off, and you could feel the cold coming off of this thing. but noooo, i decide i want to see how cold it really is. so i touch the thing. i think i got frostbite. so after putting it back on the cpu and installing a new thermometer, we overclocked it to a very stable 4.3ghz. my finger still hurts. i hope i do not get so speed greddy to where i would even think about getting one of those things. i do not even know how they work, or how to use one

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilentK View Post
    I think i got frostbite. so after putting it back on the cpu and installing a new thermometer, we overclocked it to a very stable 4.3ghz. my finger still hurts.
    yep...grabbing dry ice has the same effect

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    Quote Originally Posted by Illum View Post
    yep...grabbing dry ice has the same effect
    And to think that a computer can operate at 80 degress below celcius. i would like to see what you could do if you put a phase change unit on a pair of quad core xenon cpu's

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    Learned this one the hard way many years ago, and the lesson saved my ass again today.

    Before removing the drain plug on anything(transmission, transfer case, etc), always remove the fill plug first. Far better to find out that you won't be able to refill said device BEFORE you've drained the old fluid out.

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