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BilboBaggins

Computers do the darnedest things!

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So, just spent most of a night dealing with the fact that my otherwise stable system decided to just completely shut down. Nothing abstruse in Event Viewer. The PC started going into a horrible boot-shutdown-boot-stay up for awhile-shut down cycle. Windows 8 frantically tried to auto repair and then give me scads of custom restore/repair/reset options. Thought maybe my master boot partition had gone mad. Tried resetting things in BIOS. Repaired FSX and Acceleration, twice. Deleted the swap file, no dice.

 

Know what it was? Over a period of time, numerous heating/cooling cycles had basically walked the modular power cord for ATX power to the motherboard out of the power supply socket.

 

I love it when manufacturers create black-on-black connectors for little cramped spaces inside a PC case!

 

Reseating it, once discovered, I think I'm actually even getting better FPS now. :) my anxieties about Samsung's recent "Magician" software are relieved ("we kill your SSD! It's like Magic!"). My anxieties about Killer Nvidia Driver Updates are similarly gone.

 

Just a gentle reminder to check the simple things when stuff goes wrong; in desperation, I could easily have gotten into more trouble with ASUS BIOS updates, and the like.

 

All because of a bad plug design.

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