View Full Version : How often do you have hardware breaking on you?

Capt. Picard
09-23-07, 07:53 AM
How often do you have hardware breaking on you?

Doesn't matter if it's under or out of warranty.

I recently had my 6600GT packing up (still under waranty) and it took me about two months (my local shop lent me a 6200 during this) and 3 different replacements before this one that seems to be holding up ... touch wood.

09-23-07, 08:48 AM
To me it not very often, I had 4 hardware broke.

1997: cheap crap PC-Chip motherboard bought brand new that day was acted very violented crashed with BSODs about 35 times on Windows 95

2001: Transferred MSI KT7Pro2A motherboard to my uncle new PC case, it worked fine but on next day I was about to installed Windows Me, the 10 months old motherboard was dead. :(

April 2002: I was played C&C Renegade multiplayer demo and suddenly my PC died and realised it was my 6 months old MSI KT7266 RU motherboard died. I was without a PC for a week until I ordered awesome rocked stabled ASUS A7V333 motherboard that I remembered recieved new motherboard on 4 April, the same day my previous 15 years old cat who had jaw tumour was put to sleep at around 10.30AM and also same 10.30AM time my current cat was born.

Jan 2005: Bought brand new BFG Geforce 6800GS on ebay imported from New York and the card died while I played Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory demo just 2 weeks after I bought it. Then I ordered Leadtek Geforce 6600GT from Overclockers UK and used it while I attempted to RMAed BFG Geforce 6800GS for 2 months through emails then managed to get it resolved on very expensive phone calls to USA via TextDirect. About 2 weeks later I received a BFG Geforce 6800GS replacement and sold it on ebay.

09-23-07, 09:12 AM
My hardware life cycles are pretty good.. pretty evident with the 5 pc's and 3 laptops i have laying around that still work. I have had a few bumps on new hardware, my 7800GS overclocked from evga took 3 rma's before I got a card that ran at the overclocked speeds. A gigabyte motherboard I think it was that I used on my brothers computer kept burning out the memory in it. I only had like 2 hard drives die on me, one happened during a move from case to case, another decided to stop spinning and overheat (this one was pretty recently). A thermaltake PSU I bought would shut down on high power loads but I never got around to RMA'ing it cause I had gotten a new antec case with a good PSU so I just forgot about it.

I did have a P3 800 that I had peltier air cooled that took it and the motherboard out when my seal around the socket broke.

09-23-07, 10:40 AM
I had a soundblaster live 24bit die (corrosion) and one of my raptors recently went clunky so I cant use it striped .

Almost forgot ,The keyboard membrane on my Spectrum + needed replacing.
thats it ,in 20 years of computing.

09-23-07, 11:50 AM
not often, but I do a 80% new/rebuild every 2ish years.

my new (8 month old) speakers just went out. left side only. too much use of the integrated head phone jack?

I try to buy quality parts even if they cost more, and I retire HD's after about 3 yrs. No matter the manufacturer says, after 3 years of use the failure rates more than double and then keep increasing dramatically. At the cost of HD these days (so cheap), why risk it?

gotta love newegg and their user reviews.

09-23-07, 11:54 AM
Very very rarely have any hardware failure.

09-24-07, 06:57 AM
1996/Q3: Western Digital 40 MiB HD for 486/33 refuses to spin up
1999/Q1: Amiga's 8 MiB RAM starts rots
1999/Q4: Amiga's CD-ROM drive no longer reads discs
2000/Q4: Voodoo3 2000 video RAM rots
2001/Q2: Samsung 40 GiB HD start to sound like a circular saw, but doesn't fail, at least not before it's decommisioned later the same year
2001/Q3: Commodore 64's PSU burns out, killing one of my c64s with it
2003/Q4: Radeon 9700's video RAM rots
2004/Q1: Samsung 80 GiB HD starts giving read/write errors, manufacturer test application reports errors
2004/Q4: Broken 512 MiB RAM for xp2700+
2006/Q1: One of the old Samsung 120 GiB HD starts making funny noises, with no errors reported (nowadays used as temporary network storage drive
2007/Q1: 3Com's NIC (3c905B) stops talking with 3Com's switch
2007/Q2: Another 3Com NIC (3c905c) fails

I never overclock, or otherwise run my hardware out of the specs, present or past.

09-24-07, 07:15 AM
not counting HDDs, because those will die eventually anyway.

i had geforce 3 crap out on me, radeon 9800 pro fail, and radeon x800 pro fail.

09-24-07, 04:58 PM
I have had retty decent luck.

Never had a GPU/CPU crash on me.

I went through a few NF3 mobos because my heatsink was too heavy.

I also had 5 680i RMAs before I wised up and bought an Intel chipset.

09-27-07, 03:17 AM
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09-27-07, 03:40 AM
2004 - PSU crapped itself (was cheap generic)

late 2004 - 9700pro died eventually, probably damaged by the crap psu (warranty covered 9800xt)

2006 - audio on my mobo went, used a pci sound card

2007 - Monitor button failed, couldn't use it (warrant covered just)

09-27-07, 04:46 PM
Recently my 6800GT in 05 then a 7800GT in 06 (There was a 6 month wait between these cards as it was all done under warranty No gaming PC for all that time :(). This 8800GTX is been running well for almost a year now. :D