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    Was cleaning the inside of my computer last night with some compressed air (sides are off it right now, and it tends to collect everything from chips to small rodents), i moved a wire, a loop caught the tip of my Volcano9's blade, and the bloody thing disintegrated...i mean, there was one blade left attached to the motor, and I could barely see any remains from the other blades... the computer also didnt immediately shut off, so I shut it down normally, took about 20 seconds... not good
    so now I get to pull my Volcano6cu off another system until I can order a replacement SmartFan2... and I still havn't received my Crystal Orb, duct mod, et al... *sigh*, not a good week for my computers
    386 DX40, 4mb 80ns EDO RAM, .5mb Trident VGA, 120mb 2200rpm JTS HDD, SoundBlaster ISA, Zoltrix 2400bps modem, 2x Creative CDROM (tray loading), Panasonic 3.5" FDD/5.25" FDD, Samsung 14" UVGA Monitor
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    Yea, the thermal take fans seem to be fragile. I have a friend who got a Volcano 7 and within an hour of purchasing it, he was arranging cables, and his finger brushed against a blade, and 'disintegrated' is a good word... heh.

    But yea, in general its not a good idea to be messing with stuff inside a computer while its on.
    "In their capacity as a tool, computers will be but a ripple on the surface of our culture. In their capacity as intellectual challenge, they are without precedent in the cultural history of mankind." - Edsger Dijkstra

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    Lucky it was the fan blades and not your finger! I heard a lot of stories of chainsaw massacre's, or rather fan blade finger massacres :)... Hey it could be worse :D
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    [Mobo] Asus A7N8X w/ Modified 1003 Uber BIOS w/ Custom Boot logo
    [CPU] Athlon XP 2200+ Thoroughbred
    [Memory] 512 Samsung PC3200 DDR400 w/ Copper Heatsink(s)
    [Video Card] Geforce 3 ti200 128 DDR Special Gold Edition

    Cooling
    [Case] All aluminum Skyhawk case w/ custom cut blowhole
    [HSF] Volcano 11 Xaser Edition
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    [Southbridge] Aluminum Northbridge heatsink attatched

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    [OS] Windows XP Pro w/ SP1

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    when will people learn not to play with the guts when it's on...
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    so why were you cleaning it while it was on?

    were you talking to some irresistably hot chicks?...if so thats the only reason i could think of to leave a computer on while cleaning it.
    GBRRICCI

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    I run a rather busy FTP, and people tend to get mad at me when my comp's off.. also, isn't it just plain sacriligious to actually manually turn it off, aside to install new hardware? power outage longer than 45mins (900va UPS), it goes off, its regrettable but it could happen... but to turn it off for no good reason.. tsk :b

    and yeah, it was stupid to be tinkering inside while it was on, but its a bad habit of mine.. hell, I remember touching the exposed points on my old 386's vidcard, just to watch the screen go neon-plaid.. until i fried the vidcard, after a few weeks of doing that...

    anyway, got an 80mm POS casefan on my Volcano9 hs, temps are up about 10C to idle ~42C, and I'm not impressed.. but it'll do for now
    386 DX40, 4mb 80ns EDO RAM, .5mb Trident VGA, 120mb 2200rpm JTS HDD, SoundBlaster ISA, Zoltrix 2400bps modem, 2x Creative CDROM (tray loading), Panasonic 3.5" FDD/5.25" FDD, Samsung 14" UVGA Monitor
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    damn, so no hot chicks? that sucks. sounds like a beast of a server.
    GBRRICCI

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    a hot chick *was* involved, but I wasn't talking to her on the computer... was supposed to meet her at the bar in 30mins, so I pulled out the mobo of a repair job I was doing, and to kill a few mins I took a can of air to my main comp... I was in a hyper mood, and not really paying attention to what I was doing... damned women and the things they can unwittingly do to your head.. *sigh*

    but thats alright.. i accidentally ended up breaking her collarbone later last night.. thought it was just a dislocated shoulder (yeah, we got a tad rough.. oops), but she went to the hospital today, and sure enough its a bad break in her collarbone.. *sigh* again

    now, I have a dozen roses and a bottle of good wine coming out of my comp-fan-fund...

    :steam:
    386 DX40, 4mb 80ns EDO RAM, .5mb Trident VGA, 120mb 2200rpm JTS HDD, SoundBlaster ISA, Zoltrix 2400bps modem, 2x Creative CDROM (tray loading), Panasonic 3.5" FDD/5.25" FDD, Samsung 14" UVGA Monitor
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