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wallythacker Page Icon Posted 2005-07-26 1:41 AM
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I thought we might get some laffs out of this. We were all total hpc noobs at one point and likely did some very stupid things.

Mine? I didn't know I could install programs onto a CF card. I didn't even have a CF card for months following my 6651 purchase. So what did I do?

I installed everything to RAM and wondered why it filled up so fast. So I'd uninstall a program to install and run another I had like only 5-7mb of program ram available. What a dork eh?

I nearly threw my 6651 against a wall more than once......
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Yoldering Page Icon Posted 2005-07-26 6:00 AM
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Not keeping track of my battery, then bragging to co-workers about the long battery life in a HPC, trying to demonstrate, then loosing power. Dough
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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2005-07-26 6:41 AM
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Explaining to someone why I didn't need a laptop because I had it all on the H/PC. Only to open her up and discover that I'd forgotten to swap out my testing CF with my 'real world' CF the night before
Thank heavens for remote access.
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Rich Hawley Page Icon Posted 2005-07-26 8:54 AM
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Plugging in the power adapter...with a nagging feeling something was not quite right. Confirming it 10 seconds later as you hear a popping sound and smell that telltale odor of something burning and then realizing that you used an older higher voltage ac (not dc) transformer that you had been meaning to get rid of for a long time but kept putting it off.

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JulioAngelOrtiz Page Icon Posted 2005-07-26 11:42 AM
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Trying to do the ROM upgrade on the old HP Jornada 680, getting mad because the one screw won't come out from the bottom of the keyboard, and then thinking you can just pry it open a little bit. What you're left with is an upgraded Jornada with a slightly elevated keyboard because it wont snap back in just right. And it annoyed the $##@ out of you.
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KBoyKool Page Icon Posted 2005-07-26 1:33 PM
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Rich Hawley - 2005-07-26 7:54 AM

Plugging in the power adapter...with a nagging feeling something was not quite right. Confirming it 10 seconds later as you hear a popping sound and smell that telltale odor of something burning and then realizing that you used an older higher voltage ac (not dc) transformer that you had been meaning to get rid of for a long time but kept putting it off.

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My old 660LX did this while using the correct adapter. As one of my college math professors once said, "computers won't work, after you let the magic white smoke out." My 660LX lost its magic white smoke. Ironically, the pop, sizzle, smell and smoke only came out of the display. I can actually access the unit via AS from my desktop--not that it does me any good.
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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2005-07-26 2:03 PM
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That's just what happened to Clint's 720 'Pinkie'
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Zapper Page Icon Posted 2005-07-26 2:48 PM
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Mounting an MP780 to the steering wheel using velcro, and firing up Garmap. It is a very quick way to get dizzy at night, and frustrated during the day!
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Nick Charlton Page Icon Posted 2005-07-26 5:32 PM
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For me, Showing how good wireless internet was in an Open Field and Forgetting to Top-up my Sim Card

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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2005-07-26 6:15 PM
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ROFL! Hilarious!!
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cmonex Page Icon Posted 2005-07-26 6:54 PM
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KBoyKool - 2005-07-26 7:33 PM

My old 660LX did this while using the correct adapter. As one of my college math professors once said, "computers won't work, after you let the magic white smoke out." My 660LX lost its magic white smoke. Ironically, the pop, sizzle, smell and smoke only came out of the display. I can actually access the unit via AS from my desktop--not that it does me any good.


i don't understand.. what was that smoke??? can it be avoided somehow?...
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cmonex Page Icon Posted 2005-07-26 6:55 PM
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C:Amie - 2005-07-26 8:03 PM

That's just what happened to Clint's 720 'Pinkie'


how?!


ok, back to topic...
i certainly did some dumb things with my HPC's, but can't remember any now i'll try to dig something out

Edited by cmonex 2005-07-26 6:57 PM
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Yoldering Page Icon Posted 2005-07-26 8:34 PM
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JulioAngelOrtiz - 2005-07-26 10:42 AM

Trying to do the ROM upgrade on the old HP Jornada 680, getting mad because the one screw won't come out from the bottom of the keyboard, and then thinking you can just pry it open a little bit. What you're left with is an upgraded Jornada with a slightly elevated keyboard because it wont snap back in just right. And it annoyed the $##@ out of you.

LOL
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Zapper Page Icon Posted 2005-07-26 8:57 PM
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It's a hardware joke, Cmonex.

It goes like this: The secret to microchips is the magic blue or white smoke they use. (depends on whether it came from Japan or Taiwan, the latter uses cheaper white smoke) It is kept under high pressure and sealed inside the chips. If the magic smoke gets out, the chip stops working.

In the case above, an AC output adapter was used. That is one where the plug puts out a lower voltage, say 12v, but it is AC and not DC. Many newer products use this now, with the rectifier built in and just a 'dumb' transformer for a wall wart. But if you feed alternating current to a device that is expecting direct current.. You fry the onboard electronics. And when electronics fry, smoke comes out.. And the device stops working.

That is the magic smoke.
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cmonex Page Icon Posted 2005-07-26 9:02 PM
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Zapper - 2005-07-27 2:57 AM

It's a hardware joke, Cmonex.

It goes like this: The secret to microchips is the magic blue or white smoke they use. (depends on whether it came from Japan or Taiwan, the latter uses cheaper white smoke) It is kept under high pressure and sealed inside the chips. If the magic smoke gets out, the chip stops working.

In the case above, an AC output adapter was used. That is one where the plug puts out a lower voltage, say 12v, but it is AC and not DC. Many newer products use this now, with the rectifier built in and just a 'dumb' transformer for a wall wart. But if you feed alternating current to a device that is expecting direct current.. You fry the onboard electronics. And when electronics fry, smoke comes out.. And the device stops working.

That is the magic smoke.


yep.. i heard about it.. i understand what you're saying about AC and DC, but KBoyKool said he used the *correct* adapter!!!
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