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Old 04-10-2007, 08:04 AM   #16
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Put in my submission yesterday
Great contest idea! I knew I had to write about my first system... where just about everything went wrong But, with the help of some more skilled friends, I got through the issues, and the components of it still live on, scattered around in other computers I have built Still, it was just one of the those purchases that just really sucked!
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Old 04-11-2007, 01:19 PM   #17
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Submitted my second entry last night.
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Old 04-11-2007, 01:44 PM   #18
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Thanks guys, this contest it turning out to be a good one :-D
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Old 04-13-2007, 01:05 PM   #19
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It sure is!

By the way I wrote about my headset being a POS --- Well UPS is bringing the Replacement today, so we'll see how long that lasts! Maybe I'll start a collection of broken AHS-515s! HAHA
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Old 04-13-2007, 02:43 PM   #20
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aeromaestro, if you have broken AHS-515's to spare, tape one up and send it to Rob so he can get an X-fi.

I'd also like to thank you (in public) for your story. I saw your review at an online store and as a result did not buy those cans. I am thankful for people who are willing to spend time relating their experiences to other consumers, and I am thankful for sites that allow customer reviews.

Heh, I'm glad to see that the reviews of the Kama-Meter on Newegg are getting to the point.
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Old 04-15-2007, 06:02 PM   #21
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Well I've posted my first entry... and experience with my Presc(h)ott processor.
Rob: I wanted to ask you just one thing. Since I work in IT department, about two weeks ago I had an 'interesting' phone conversation with one tech-support centre. So my won't be called "A Product That Sucked". It would be called "tech support person that sucked" :-)
Ok to post that?
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Old 04-16-2007, 01:29 PM   #22
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Well... my experience is with a company with a multitude of products... I could not cram in all of my tech stuff in 500 words of less!

But I realized that the common thread was the "company" that I was buying from... so, that is my first entry!
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Old 04-16-2007, 06:43 PM   #23
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Fry's? Really? The only bad experience I had with a product they carried was the story I submitted for this contest. Beyond that solitary example, they've saved me thousands of dollars over the last eight years of computer and tech-related purchases and nothing else has outright failed (and that can't be blamed on the retailer if it did anyway, wtf?). And even when things weren't quite right the return/rebate/checkout processes all were rock solid and have been so for nigh on a decade. No other franchise of its kind has managed to compete against Fry pricing or availability, especially considering the beastly size of the thing.

Will grant one thing, though; I tend to research ahead of time what I'll be getting so I hardly ever talk with employees beyond the point of sale, so I can't say anything to the topic of shady advice.
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:29 PM   #24
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My last mobo return that I went through, I overheard the clerk talking to the manager stating that this was the second time the exact motherboard had come in (I am assuming because they capture the serial numbers upon sale), and the manager asked, "Well... what was noted on the previous return?" The clerk made a few statements and the manager asked, "Did they test it?" Clerk stated, "Apparently not." So... from that questionable exchange, my motherboard had already been returned, the complaint had been logged regarding it's performance, and it was returned to the floor stock as an "open box" return item to be discounted.

*blink* *blink*

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I'll fully support your assertion that, "if you do your research, Fry's cannot be beaten". It is sometimes hard to beat them online with some of their Fryday ad specials. But you *must* know what you are going in there for. And for that purpose, Fry's has a special place in my heart for having almost everything I have been looking for.

Been buying from them for years, and will continue to buy from them. But that is not to say that I have not lost hair over my dealings with them. No way.
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Old 04-17-2007, 12:21 AM   #25
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Thanks to everyone who entered. The winner will be revealed in the coming days.
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Old 04-17-2007, 12:31 PM   #26
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Well, this was a fun contest.. I kind of wish we had a little more space to rant and rave (I'm famous for that!) Oh well..

After I submitted my second post for the contest, I realized I could have submitted my latest fiasco in computer assembly.. My video card just had to be replaced - but before I was able to isolate it, I ended up replacing my power supply, and I almost ended up replacing my motherboard. To top it all off, when I finally DID figure out that it was my video card, I had the frustration of trying to find a decent card to replace my venerable old 9800pro.. AGP cards are difficult to come by in this day and age - at least for a decent price. Surfing the forums close to home, I spoke with no less that 4 different people who had comparable cards (performance wise) to my 9800, but not one of them could cough it up when I produced the money. When it came down to it, I was able to finally pick up a 7600 GS at a local computer shop used..

I had a hard time justifying dropping money on a system that is essentially 4 years old - especially considering I had plans to upgrade in the summer.. Oh well - at least the kids will have a decent gaming rig for the games that they play.

Here's hoping we all have less of these types of stories to tell in the future. While they make for great reading, they can sure be a drain on our collective sanities. Good luck to everyone who entered!
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Old 04-17-2007, 01:39 PM   #27
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Thumbs up repeatedly clubs himself in the head...

I guess the pain was so great that I blocked it out. I knew it was there, I could feel it like a splinter in my mind...

"What is it? What one, single tech product has caused me the most pain?"

Then it hit me 10 minutes too late to submit....

IBM "Deathstar" hard drives. the 75GXP (more so) and the 60GXP.

Absolutely the *worst* tech experience in my IT career.

I had just started working for a company, and the Sys Admin was snatching those drives up! I saw his orders and I immediately therew up a flag warning him and our boss that these drives are starting to cause problems. "Probably because they are selling so well..."

"No... there is a real problem. I would not buy any more if I was you. "

They continued to buy them, and then a few months later... down came the house of cards. My worst nightmare came true. Every, last drive.... every single one.... failed over the span of 2 months. I had a stack of about 20 hard drives on my desk... EVERY one of the drives was a IBM Deathstar. They found a few more a few months after I left. Oh what havoc they created, and THANK GOD for a good backup strategy (for the critical ones at least).

They recognized my hardware prowess after that debacle!



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Old 04-17-2007, 02:55 PM   #28
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Thanks everyone, especially Techgage for such a great Birthday party! It was really great to share the experience what turn out to be very ludicrous! I enjoyed it! Good luck to everyone and lets wait for the results!
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Old 04-17-2007, 05:28 PM   #29
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These have been good contests. Now I'm a little disappointed because I wanted to keep on wanting to read new submissions.
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Old 04-17-2007, 06:28 PM   #30
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Then it hit me 10 minutes too late to submit....

IBM "Deathstar" hard drives. the 75GXP (more so) and the 60GXP.

Absolutely the *worst* tech experience in my IT career.
I used to own one of those 75GXP Deathstar HDs but I felt my WD story sucked more.

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