Son: My PC shuts down 15 secs after power up. I think I need a new motherboard

Me: Sounds like you need to re-seat RAM sticks. If it still doesn't work, check that CPU heatsink is properly attached and that thermal compound is good

Son rolls eyes. He is pretty sure he needs a new mobo, he DuckDuckGo'ed it alright.

20 minutes later, I see son playing on his PC

Me: So what was it?

Son: I moved RAM sticks around and now it's working


He was motivated to troubleshoot his PC hardware because I told him he was *not* getting a new motherboard and would therefore have to attend online classes on the crappy school-provided Chromebook until the end of the school year

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