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    Re: QOTW: What was your last PC component to fail?

    I've been running a Dell Inspiron 9400 laptop since 2008. Over the course of the past year, first the battery died - pretty good going as it was over 10 years old - so I used it plugged in only. Then half the keyboard stopped working. So I plugged in a keyboard. Then the BIOS battery died. So I reset the date every startup. Then the RAM on the discrete Radeon 1400 went bad. Figured it was time to give up on it at that point!

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    Re: QOTW: What was your last PC component to fail?

    My last component to die was my Asus P5B Deluxe. It was a nightmare to diagnose the cause of my random bluescreening. Even went as far as RMA'ing my CPU to be tested, and bought a new PSU.

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    Re: QOTW: What was your last PC component to fail?

    MSI arctic motherboard, USB failed after 3 years on a machine that was only really used for office work - MSI were worse than useless, wont be buying any more of their stuff, replacement mobo was same price it was originally so opted for a cheap Asus board instead

    previously only a Seagate 2TB HDD - another company I avoid.

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    Re: QOTW: What was your last PC component to fail?

    hard drive... was 10 years old to be fair
    Old puter - still good enuff till I save some pennies!

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    Re: QOTW: What was your last PC component to fail?

    My last three components to go bad were old HDDs: an 8 year old WD Green 2TB and a 7 year old HGST 2TB shucked from an external drive - these reallocated a few bad sectors over a period of months before SMART tests started failing; the drives still work but they're no longer really useful; and a 2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 that suddenly failed with thousands of bad sectors - this was second of two ST2000DM001's I had, the first failed similarly just after warranty expiry, and this one failed at 4 years, and neither had anything more than very light backup use. When I opened these up I could see that the heads had done a fine job scouring the coating off the platters.

    There was a time when consumer HDDs had five year warranties; Seagate had been busy cutting their warranties prior to the ST1000DM001/ST2000DM001 series of drives. I've had several other HDDs fail over the years, but all had given far more service than these Seagates.

    Other than that, I had an old UPS fail, probably due to a knackered relay but it doesn't seem worth spending time on further diagnosis.

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    Re: QOTW: What was your last PC component to fail?

    X370M Pro4 Ryzen Board stopped reading my NVME SSD only had it for a month. But Asrock was good enough to replace it with a new one.

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    Re: QOTW: What was your last PC component to fail?

    I lost a power supply in one of my PCs two years ago. I replaced it with a 1,300-watt unit, and it's been all good since.

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    Re: QOTW: What was your last PC component to fail?

    Quote Originally Posted by Corky34 View Post
    As it happens my GTX 670 gave up the ghost only last month, not exactly sure what part of the GPU broke as like most GPU failures it still worked when it was forced into a basic video mode.
    Did you check its running temperature? What memory and bios?

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    Re: QOTW: What was your last PC component to fail?

    Had one of the first batch of the ASUS PG278Q ROG SWIFT Monitors that started getting green lines on the screen.
    Had to send it back for warranty, G Sync module replaced in it.

    After that I had the G Skill Trident Z RGB RAM stop working, Their stupid BETA RGB software killed the lights on one of the sticks, Got a warranty replacement kit and quickly sold that off as well.

    Also had problems with Logitech G933 wireless gaming headset a few years back as well, Trying to get it to connect(randomly worked), Gave up and went and got the Massdrop HD6XX and SoundblasterX G6 DAC/AMP and never looked back!

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    Re: QOTW: What was your last PC component to fail?

    Some old HDD... Just don't skimp on the PSU and you'd be unlucky to have a component fail in 10 years in my experience.
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    Re: QOTW: What was your last PC component to fail?

    WD Red, again. WD disks have been pretty garbage for me unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend them in a NAS.

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    Re: QOTW: What was your last PC component to fail?

    2 GPU's in the same computer, they were all 2nd hand purchases.

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    Re: QOTW: What was your last PC component to fail?

    The motherboard on my Lenovo H535 Desktop PC. It wasn't the power supply because it would still turn on (but I couldn't see anything). Monitor worked on other computers. No beeps from MB (model: Lenovo 10117 31900003 STD). Junk.

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    Re: QOTW: What was your last PC component to fail?

    USB ports on my old 690 case dies after many years use

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    Re: QOTW: What was your last PC component to fail?

    Corsair AX1200i FAULTY - lengthy debate with Corsair as recieved as a gift (no reciept)
    Eventually agreed I should RMA to SCAN PC dedicated Corsair dept which cost £21.12 Royal Mail
    follwoed all demanding instuctions returned EVERYTHING right down to the velvet bag the PSU was in which was EXACTLY as instructed.... eventually recieved a replacement unit wihich had obviously been opened and resealed so sent photo proof to Corsair who replied with we don't reissue units 100% brand new - yet unit had marks and NO VELVET BAG even the scrw mount holes on the PSU's back were different - Corsair said we dont replace the bags (so WHY ask for the bag to be retuned?)
    HERES THE RUB - AFTER MANY HOURS REINSTALLING TO X99 PLATFORM with 32 hdd's and 2 raid cards tidying pinning clipping the excessive cables so the back would go on....
    THE SO CALLED BRAND NEW REPLACEMENT HAD EXACTLY THE SAME FAULT - ON OFF ON OFF ON OFF ON OFF

    TWO WEEKS LATER GOT RETURNS SLIP as I refused to pay another £21 for THEIR FAULT but it was going to Almere in the Netherlands - so waited and waited and waited - finally got replacement but this debaucle costs hundreds in lost time and money - so much for CORSAIRS so called top of the range PSU's

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    Re: QOTW: What was your last PC component to fail?

    When I did IT for about 300 businesses, Hard drive and then PSUs were the most common failures. Many businesses are cheap, and don't want to pay for decent machines, and even when they do upgrade, it tends to be cheap (and proprietary) Dells and HPs. And backup? I can't tell you how many companies we warned about having functional backups and doing regular testing of the drives, or even when we tested them and saw bad sectors popping up like flies, and they still didn't want to pay to replace drives, let alone get newer more functional and reliable computers.

    ME: Well, looks like your server finally died.
    THEM: When will it be up again?
    ME: Well, if your backups are working, we'll be up by the end of the day. If not, it will take maybe a day or two to reload everything, assuming you kept all the install files.
    THEM: Oh, the backups had been giving us errors. And I don't know where the install disks and licenses are
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