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    Bronze Lounger
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    How's this for hacking?

    I just gotta share this little tale of woe. A young person (30-ish) close to me was having trouble with his Gateway desktop computer. It was behaving in a way that suggested a problem with either the monitor or the video card. He non-scientifically concluded the problem was with the video card, and he spent $75 for a new one. To his dismay, the dimensions of the computer case would not allow the new card to fit. So home-boy used a hack-saw to re-configure the case! That effort was not enough, however, so he again used the hack-saw to surgically alter the shape of the video card! <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15>

    Oh, by the way: He got the video card into the computer, but the new card did not fix the problem! <img src=/S/bagged.gif border=0 alt=bagged width=22 height=22>

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    Re: How's this for hacking?

    Gee - would that invalidate the warranty ??? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    John
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    Plutonium Lounger
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    Re: How's this for hacking?

    I can relate ! ! And it ain't funny when it happens. At my last place of employment, we used to buy exclusively Gateway and there were "some" mini-tower or what I would call baby-cases that were terrible for modification. One of our modifications that I added to every computer was a "rack" assembly that made the hard drive pullout removable for easy replacement, etc. These types of cases didn't have enough depth for the rack assembly to be inserted. On a number of them, I wanted to move the CD to another bay so I could use that bay for the rack. Trouble was, the only available empty bay had a stud in the case wall that was not threaded and could only be removed with a pair of vice grip pliers and a lot of twisting! Never did figure out what the purpose of that stud was but it sure was in the way of putting any long profile devices in that bay. Sheesh, I hadn't thought about that story since I "retired." A result of all that was my recommendation to my boss that he only buy full-tower models, even if he thought the recipient didn't need one.

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    Re: How's this for hacking?

    It certainly puts a whole new slant on the term "computer hacking"! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Alan

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