This weekend, while waiting for my bank account to balance, I decided to get a start on that Xion that houses my newest system. A friend of mine showed up with a whoooole bunch of beer, and in a slight haze I started on this
Just a free gift I got from being a ThinkGeek.com consumer whore.
This was supposed to be in a license plate cover for a car... after some toying around with my multi-meter... BAM front bezel mounted LED scrolling goodness
OH, I'm play testing a $10 camera that I got from a grocery store just to see if it had any image quality at all. I'm not too... well, I've not decided either way. Where I would complain that it takes questionable quality images, I must point out that I was in horrible lighting and taking pictures while moving... IF I stop to take intelligent pictures (standing still proper lighting and what not...) then they turn out better then expected on a $10 digital camera. Any way I digress...
This is the case that I ordered.
This is what I was shipped
shit happens... SO I went out and bought 2x 120mm LED Fans to replace the plain black ones in the front and back of the case.
it's looking better...
The next thing on my docket is pulling the blue LED's in the plastic face plate and replacing them with ultra brights going to cost me about $1.80
so as you can see, I'm still wanting a 140mm green LED fan... Or I'll post pics of me drilling four LED's out of a fan. Which would you want to see me do? Coming soon to a garage near you...
So my 140mm White LED aerocool fan showed up... The LED's are held in by a small plastic clip that can be removed... SO I'm trying to play with some green stained glass paint to see what kind of effect I can get out of it... the first coat added a noticable green tinge to the glow, but it has some blue hues too.... sooooo I'm thinking a second coat and if need be a coat to the plastic fan itself should yield some interesting results. I'll keep you posted on this one because it was like $20 for the fan after shipping and only like $2 after shipping for 2oz of the paint. so for about the cost of a special order fan (thermaltake wanted $25 for a custom green LED fan... that they would have to make just for me.) I can in theory make any fan combo I want. Pictures will come IF I can use my camera at work.
Well, if they just RMAed a mobo then they have no use for the cpu, so I don't see any reason to give them a cpu to stress test because they can't. Good luck on the painting and maybe you might do both, paint and swap LEDs. Happy Modding to ya.
Rule #1 for RMA's to companies: Mark your original board before shipping so that if they pull the "We sent you a NEW one" you have proof they did no such thing... Now this doesn't mean vandalize the board in an obvious manor or they will probably not accept the RMA.
I made a small scratch on the back of the board away from any contacts or conduit etchings.
Motherboard's back. Still no post though (they shipped me a board with a broken pci-x clip so obviously not my board) I'm going to assume that they tested this board before shipping and check off the next item. My processor. Now my boss was not sure the chip he gave me was any good and I dont know if my old chip is any good, and I dont have an AM2 board laying around to test it on :( SO! I'm going to RMA my old chip and if I get one back that works, then I'll RMA the other one too. I'm thinking all of my problems might stem from the outlet I was plugged into. I've had a home improvement project going that included re-wiring all the rooms and installing GFI outlets. Well I missed a wall and my tester is saying it's got a wiring fault and general grounding issue... FANTASTIC so before I fry any more parts I'm going to have the wall done this weekend and get some updates turned out by Tuesday.
So, both processors are fine (tested them on an AM2 at work) So I'll take my Ram into work tomorrow (I'm around 80-99.999999% sure it's still the board) to test it on a working board... Besides it's fun to have people look at my ram all like. ooooooo *drool*
.... Bad ASUS... BAD that's a bad vendor. So after I flat-out told them "The Bios is NOT the issue" they sent me my board back and broke the pci-x clip off one of the slots and only switched out the bios (confirmed by making one of the other techs bring in their M2N32 and swapping out BIOS chips)... here in a bit I'm going to call them and as politely as I can muster I'm going to explain to them that I need this computer for work. I think me weaseling a drop ship out of them is payment for my time.
jeeezzzz i cant beleive it's causing this much trouble. This is a reason that I hate dealing with tech supports. I once spent 2 days on the job on the phone with a tech support guy over a specific peice of software. On day two the conversation ended with, "this doesn't work on vista does it?" lol which really kills me since i had mentioned time and time again that I was running vista and they never once said anything.
good luck man,I know in your shoes I probably woudn't be able to hold it all in very long.
If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?
So I convinced all three layers of their tech-support that I am not "One of those annoying newegg people that put their processor in the chipset wrong" not sure why it took three layers of people saying "I think you should work here" to figure that out but what ever. Tuesday my board goes out thursday they swear (on the next two weeks of pay) that it will be back and be working. So the way ASUS does things...
Step1: Get all the info about what is going on and give RMA #
-Wait for board -
Step2: Depending on the complaint (mismatched hardware is probably #1 cause for RMA) they update your BIOS
Step4: [if still failed] Repeat RMA process with new number
-wait for board part2-
Step5: Depending on continued complaint (again possibility of ID10T errors) test current board with known working parts...
Step6: swap boards if indeed dead and print report of cause of previous boards failure
- ship out with letter of apology and error reports -
The guy on the phone this time was cracking me up about how stupid the process is and about how they would hand test each RMA but they simply dont have the man power to fix the issue but swears that the board will be fixed or I could probably get a refund (but not to ask for one until the dropship new board is on it's way) so if they mess up again I'll get a new board and if I do this right a refund as well... sweet now about getting compensation for being without a computer for a few months...
so I was tired of people asking me "Virgil, what is it you do when you are not working?" So I started up a myspace profile and linked a bunch of fusionmods.net stuff into it. some of the meta content is still yet hidden till I get the bugs worked out but I would like to know how it operates for other people not piggy backing off a bunch of Redneck Neighbors. -=(Squee Space)=-
<edit> sooo myspace flagged my stab wound as being "nudity/pornographic content" and made me pull the profile from the public eye... like there's not workarounds for that. On a side note, this was not a cheap plug at getting friends ;D but hey if that happens to be a side effect of posting a non public profile... then so be it. </edit>
WOO!!! HAHAHAH Asus finally figured out what I had been trying to tell them and I got my board back (after 2.5 RMA's) This sucker just pulled 60,419 Aqua Marks I never saw the frame rate drop bellow 20fps XD I'm so giddy right now I think I might actually get some work done just to get out of here sooner to play :D WEEEE!!! It's so nice to see all the lighting come on and stay on then hear the BIOS post beep... It's a little indescribable. *wirrrrrr... BEEP!* *falls out of his chair and does some back flips in the office* "Nobody saw that..."