I deep fried my computer, literally!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Sc4freak, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. Sc4freak

    Sc4freak Limp Gawd

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    (click on the thumbnails for a larger pic)

    I'm not sure which forum to post this, but I just wanted to share one of my stories with you guys :D. I had recently read a few articles on submersion cooling, where you take your computer and dump it into a tub of non-electrically-conductive oil. It seemed to work really well, and was cheap. So I saw it as a type of poor man's water-cooling.

    I bought a large aluminium oven tray and 9 litres of canola oil.

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    Since I didn't really want to screw up my good computer, I tested it out on an old Pentium II 266 with Nvidia Riva TNT2 Ultra. I placed the motherboard in the tray, and began pouring canola oil all over it, until it was partially submerged.

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    And it worked. The computer booted into Windows 98 fine, and I even started up good old Quake 3 and started playing.

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    But I soon became hungry for a fried snack - and since I had used all the oil in the house I couldn't fry myself anything. Then I had a brilliant idea. Why not use the oil that the computer's in?

    I placed an electric stove under the aluminum tray, and turned it to full blast. Soon, the oil reached frying temperature and I dumped a few chips into there. Meanwhile, the computer was still happily chugging along running Quake 3.

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    Eventually, though, the strain of 120 degrees C ambient temperature and the load of Quake 3 caused the computer to overheat and crash. I rebooted it, and it loaded back into windows. Although Quake 3 still crashed when trying to play. At that point, the chips were ready. I turned off the heat and enjoyed my snack while I waited for the oil to cool so I could use the computer again.

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    Mmmm... toxicated fries...

    EDIT: reuploaded pics

    EDIT2: Reuploaded pics again

    EDIT3: 5 years later, reuploaded pics to imgur. THE INTERNET NEVER FORGETS.
     
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  2. JinxyBoi

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    lol that is awesome. Cooking with computers... I don't think I could approve any more. :D
     
  3. Xaeon

    Xaeon Limp Gawd

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    :eek:

    You are freakin' weird. :D

    Thanks for one of the most entertaining posts I've read in a long time.
     
  4. enginurd

    enginurd Pick your own.....you deserve it.

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    you have too much time on your hands, lol. anyhow, how were the fries/chips?
     
  5. KodiakStar

    KodiakStar /'s by 0

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    One of a kind... I'll say that much
     
  6. digitalxdna

    digitalxdna Gawd

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    that would be an awesome HS science project.

    good stuff, OP! :D
     
  7. drizzt81

    drizzt81 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    wow, this is cool! I am impressed.
     
  8. Boyo

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    Now that was one weird post. I like your shoe collection though.
     
  9. modi123

    modi123 2[H]4U

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    I hate to always be nay-saying, but those "chips" look suspiciously like french fries.

    ;)
     
  10. InorganicMatter

    InorganicMatter Pick your own.....you deserve it.

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    Darnit. Now I'm going to have to try this over the weekend. :mad: :D

    Also, I hope you realize that those fries most likely have a lot of lead in them. You didn't eat them, did you?
     
  11. Sc4freak

    Sc4freak Limp Gawd

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    Bah, I live in Australia. And in Australia, we go by the UK system and call them "chips". :p
     
  12. Faction

    Faction The Chairman

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    if you where a real man you would eat the chips!

    Nice little experiment. bored?
     
  13. Order

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    I'm starving...do we have any chips around?
     
  14. Oldie

    Oldie Mean Old Administrator Staff Member

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    This is front page material if I ever saw it. Nice man....Nice. :cool:
     
  15. Baredor

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    This thread has broadened my horizons. Thanks.
     
  16. AMD[H]unter

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    This thread makes me waffle.

    Awesome stuff, dude!
     
  17. Paul_Johnson

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    Imageshack has killed your high res versions :(
     
  18. Aelfgeft

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    Excellent idea. Let's see this on Hard's front page for pure innovation :D

    What is that in the upper left corner of your second-to-last picture? Looks like a Commodore :confused:
     
  19. modi123

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    Kiss a koala for me...

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  20. Heliocentrical

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    ThatÂ’s cool. Did you do any temp comparisons? Air vs. Oil?
     
  21. 98EXL

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    best friday thread I've read today
     
  22. Mike160

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    You are out of control,... in an out-of-control like fashion !!! :eek:
     
  23. darktiger

    darktiger [H]ard|DCer of the Month - April 2007

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    Wow that is all I have to say...
     
  24. Dan_D

    Dan_D [H]ardOCP Motherboard Editor

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    Then what do you call chips?
     
  25. Heliocentrical

    Heliocentrical 2[H]4U

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    They call them fries. Duh!!
     
  26. belmicah

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    I think we (Americanos) are actually the only ones who call them French Fries. Everyone else calls them chips. Kinda like football. Why we call football football, I don't know, everyone else calls Soccer football. We just gotta be different, and illogical too. Everyone else (almost) uses the metric system, but we use feet, pounds, dyn, horsepower, etc. Dumb if you ask me.
     
  27. Aelfgeft

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    We want to be different from everyone else. I thought that was always a good aspiration.
     
  28. m3ta1head

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    thread of the week, anyone?
     
  29. Doomwookie

    Doomwookie n00bie

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    Awsome, but.......

    ....SICK!!!!

    That is just WRONG!!!!!!


    My hat if off to you and being used to fry chicken. What a wonderful idea. :)
     
  30. MetalX

    MetalX [H]ardness Supreme

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    Has my vote.

    Bandwidth limit exceeded on the pictures, got another host?
     
  31. Riddlinkidstoner

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  32. Sc4freak

    Sc4freak Limp Gawd

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    Yeah, I uploaded them to a new host. Hopefully it allows for higher bandwidth usage.
     
  33. tisb0b

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    classic, we aussies always come up with the good ideas :p
     
  34. JPOnion

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    That, sir, is excellent! I love the way you think, its so...outside the box. :D
     
  35. 4keatimj

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    Yeah, but you Americans are just weird... :p Its funny, we have at least 3 ball sports that are called football, not including soccer (which we call soccer, oddly enough).

    Awesome post dude, where exactly do you live? Was it fairly cold room temp to keep the system running, or a fairly normal? Love the theory work, you just made my night :D I wonder what kind of system is needed to deep fry foods without any external heating...
     
  36. Crosshairs

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    Anything with a Prescott would do just fine :)
     
  37. OC_LeGeND

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  38. JaYp146

    JaYp146 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Slow computer, fast food.

    heh
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  39. WarMace

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    Need some sort of prop to circulate the oil automatically, overclock, and volia, no need for the hotplate. Nice modd
     
  40. OC_LeGeND

    OC_LeGeND Limp Gawd

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    makes me a lil hungry for somethin deep fried....