I was having problems with my system as usual.
1. Windows would freeze constantly for a few seconds at a time to an entire lock up. On top of that, after about a day of it doing the freezing, whenever the AMD drivers would load, my screen went blue with very thin vertical lines. As if the other problem wasn't enough, now I have a dying video card.
2. This card(MSI HD 6970) was purchased off of Drdeath(Jim) so I don't know if the warranty applies to me. I hope to god I can do an RMA.
Anyway, I did some research off my netbook to find out what could be causing this and found multiple factors. After examining my system I also noticed that the northbridge heatsink was burning to the touch.
3. I decided to remove it and apply some new thermal tape. When I took the heatsink off I just froze. The tape/paste that ASUS had put on was ROCK SOLID. By that I mean even using a small scraper the damn stuff wouldn't come off! Not only that, but it is all caked on the northbridge itself. I did manage to scrape it off both the heatsink and northbridge, which only consumed a few hours.
I went on the Kingston site and looked up my drive. I saw that it said there was a firmware update for drives that don't have a certain number. I copied the windows 98 dos files to the USB and booted into the Kingston firmware updater. Everything worked fine, the drive was properly detected, every step went fine up until the last. I forget exactly what it said it was doing, but something about formatting. After about a minute of it displaying the formatting process, it stops and tells me the firmware update had failed.
4. Now the drive is detected as "Generic FCR SATA Loader Loader Device ATA Device". If I go to run the firmware updater again, it tells me that there is no Kingston drive detected. So for the love of god, now I assume the drive is bricked and I have to send it back to Kingston??
I honestly don't understand what I ever did wrong to deserve all of the most defective computer parts ever manufactured.