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Member Since 22 Jun 2008
Offline Last Active Sep 29 2011 12:58 PM

Underhanded CPU replacement

28 August 2011 - 03:58 PM

Hello everyone, for various reasons I am now in possession of a broken i5-2500 CPU. Now, a local tech store sells the same model CPU that I want, so I was wondering if I could do something like this:

1: Buy new CPU with cash.

2: A few days later, return the package and everything that came with it, except swap the nice new CPU for my broken one.

Basically, is this even possible? Or are there like, systems to prevent that?

Pray switching

22 August 2011 - 03:00 PM

So I'm trying for the firecape again, but I can't seem to ever actually beat Jad, I've gotten there three times and I can never seem to get the prayer switching down. It seems like no matter how early I pray for his attacks he hits me. I know that when he rises up and slams the ground thats his range attack, and that when he lowers his head and grows a ball on his back thats magic. So my question is how early do I have to switch? Is it too late already if the attack has already left and is traveling towards me? Or is it only too late after the attack has actually hit me? Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Installing windows 7

05 August 2011 - 09:13 PM

Hello again everyone! I'm trying to install windows 7 on my new PC that I've been building, but I'm having some problems. I can get it to install just fine until it needs to restart itself, at which point it will turn off, but then seemingly forget everything it was doing and bring me back to the BIOS. I've tried installing wondows 7 three times now and to no avail. What should I do?

Also, the red BOOT_DEVICE LED is on, indicating a problem, but I have no idea as to what could be the problem, any suggestions as to what I should try doing to make this go away?

Sorry if my post seems a bit lacking in formation, I'm a bit stressed right now about the whole thing, so if you need more information please just post asking for it.


Starting computer for the first time

04 August 2011 - 12:46 AM

Hello again Tip.It tech forum, first off, thanks for all the really great advice on computers you've all given me over the last few months, without you guys I would still be thinking that my hard drive was where my disks went, or wondering what "GHz" were, and why they were so darn expensive. So really, thanks.

So, I finally got all the pieces of my computer assembled and turned it on for the first time today (without hooking it up to a monitor yet) and it went well I think. It sort of "blinked" on for a sec, where all the lights and fans and stuff were illuminated, then turned off for a few seconds (scariest moment of my life) then turned on and stayed on for about a minute, at which point it actually turned off for good it seems. So far it seems like this is all that it can do. My first question is, is it normal that my computer is doing this? Or is there some sort of fatal error that I don't know about? (just to clarify, it DOES still turn on, it just goes through the same cycle I described of on for a second, off for a few seconds, then on for a minute, then off until I press the power button again)

Second, when I attached a monitor to my computer, the monitor seemed unresponsive, and didn't start up. I'm assuming this is bad. I'm also assuming that this is somehow the fault of the monitor because its like, over 5 years old and still uses a VGA pin, and to even plug it into my GPU I needed a DVI to VGA adaptor. My question is how do I get the BIOS to show up on a monitor?

Thanks for any advice!

Power supply

Which OS?

02 August 2011 - 03:34 AM

Hello good people of the tech forum, I've been building a computer from scratch, and I'm getting down to buying my last part, the OS. (I saved this one for last because, lets face it, this is probly the most boring thing you can buy when building a computer.) I'm going with Windows 7, but I'm a bit confused about which "version" to buy. I can either buy this, the 100 dollar version, or this one, the 200$ one.

The reason I ask this is because I think I heard someone say that the 100$ one only works if you have a previous Windows OS on your computer already, and that its only an "upgrade", hence the cheaper pricetag, whereas the 200$ one is the full fledged OS in all its as-excited-as-you-can-get-about-a-200-dollar-disk glory.

So my question is, would the cheaper one cover me? Or do I need to shell out 200 because I'm starting from a blank slate?

Also, feel free to comment on the rig I've built:
Case: RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black
Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
GPU: MSI N560GTX Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
(The rest isn't cool and spec-ish, so I won't bother posting it)

Thanks for any advice!