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philip Dec. 15, 2016

Update: The stream is over. Thanks to everyone who joined us! If you missed the live broadcast, you can still watch the archive on Twitch.

Original Post:

You've just finished building your dream PC and it doesn't boot. What do you do next? How do you diagnose the problem? Are there faulty components? Join us 2pm CST Thursday, Dec. 15th on Twitch while we go through the process we went through to identify a hardware issue we recently ran into while building a system.

I'll be covering what the completed build symptoms were, what the process was to get it to boot, and then from there what was necessary to efficiently identify the faulty component. We'll finish up by repairing the faulty component and (hopefully) successfully booting the system.

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ewhac 1 Build 3 points 10 months ago

Warning: Spoilers

Finally watched the video.

My first thought on seeing the PSU cut out immediately was, "There's a short somewhere." Then you pulled out the HDD trays, and I thought, "Yup, something's shorting on the bare unfinished metal." So I was quite surprised to find it wasn't that, but dodgy soldering on the adapter board itself.

At that point, however, I would have just tossed the thing and resolved never to buy from that supplier again. I mean, good gravy, they botched soldering two bits together; that's pretty zarking basic stuff to be fouling up. Are you sure you didn't time-travel back to 1980 and get these from a Radio Shack? (At that time, it seemed like every other cable I bought from them had a problem with shorts or opens.)

I also wouldn't have tried repairing it myself with a soldering iron, since A) the value of my time needed to fix it exceeds the value of the part itself; and B) my soldering skills are about the level of, well, whoever made that board in front of you.

So, yeah. Nice investigative walk-through, complete with happy ending. Thanks for recording it!

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shanepl 2 points 9 months ago

I remember almost crapping myself when my first build wouldn't post at first. Guides like this are a godsend in those situations.

Enrico411 1 point 10 months ago

Very nice to see this! Can't wait! ;)

Richard912 1 point 10 months ago

Aww I have work at that time.

Enrico411 1 point 10 months ago

Very informative vid!!

Hope to see more of these in the future ;)

Giga_Pudding 1 point 10 months ago

This could not have come at a better time for me

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Solid post from my noob days. Hint: It's always the RAM!

jsoutherland89 4 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks for the informative and very interesting video. I love your build guide videos but I think this community needs more of this type of content as well. Again, thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience with us.

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Great video, guys. Nice to see a simple process of elimination that will help anyone that follows it.

Imperialde 1 point 8 months ago

cool video. you guys are so smart! cool!

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pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

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Enrico411 2 points 10 months ago

Thats indeed the almight jipster in his natural habitat.

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Oh no! I've been spotted!

=D

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