Computer issues today.

The darn thing seems to be having this issue where it sometimes runs the fan fairly loudly, then shuts down the computer, if I’m playing either Fallout 4 or Conan Exiles (I assume that overheating the graphics card is the problem).  I think that it may be solvable by simply moving the computer tower: I’ve got the unit under the table, and I think that the waste heat is building up and causing the problem. Which would be spiff, because all the other alternatives are expensive.

But that’s been my day.


So the electrical socket AND the keyboard both stopped working.

Which meant that, after we moved the kids’ computer across the room, realized that the sofa had to be moved, moved the sofa, moved the grumpy cat, went down to the basement, brought up the desk that we we’ve been meaning to bring up for three months, sorted out the wires, rewired the computer, banged my effing head on the effing desk draw three times running, realized that the little item in one USB port was actually there for the wireless, and had everything up and running… the keyboard STILL wouldn’t operate and we’ve gone through all the spares already. Guess it’s off to Best Buy in the morning, then.  Just as soon as I spent forty minutes in a steam room to clear out the dust clog currently blocking my nasal passages.

Shorter Moe Lane: WHEE!


There are days when I wonder…

…whether computers are actually literally magical.  As in, there’s a set of spells that activate them, only they don’t tell you what the spells are, so you have to kind of guess and bang on the keys until the magic thinky box decides to relent and let you do what you want.  Which I wouldn’t mind, if only I could find out what kind of rum the computer imps like. Or scotch. Or tequila. Whatever it is, dudes, I’d get you a bottle, no worries.

Seriously. I’m afraid to move until this file transfer is over*.  What if my personal bioelectric field is acting as the critical component here? I just don’t know. I JUST DON’T KNOW.



Had to work on *two* computers today.

Which is good; it distracted me from immigration strategizing stupidity.  Anyhow, finally got the old computer configured as the kid’s new computer and got the video editing software installed on the new computer. The latter was much easier than the former: the former was largely an exercise in doing the exact same thing six times in a row, until it inexplicably decides to finally work.  It makes me wonder whether there’s normally a secret chant involved, or perhaps a spirit that needed to be placated.


Oh, like you haven’t wondered that yourself, sometimes.


This has been typed on the new computer.

Which is using my wife’s old monitor, because for some unaccountable reason my current monitor won’t work on this one. No matter: if that’s the worst problem I have I’m not going to have any real problems with the switchover. But I am right now DOWNLOADING ALL THE THINGS, so I’ll catch up with the rest of you later.


So, supposedly I’m to get the new computer tomorrow.

I’m debating whether or not to do something cheesy, like take a snapshot of gameplay from a videogame on the old machine and then take a screenshot of gameplay on the new one. Why, I’m not entirely certain.  Just because it’s something to do, apparently.

Mind you, I’m still half-expecting the snow to mess everything up.  Like it does.


…And now the computer is back.

I turned it on by reflex, and it booted up fine.  With no visible reason as to why it wasn’t working before. Just sitting there, humming.

…You know something?  I don’t care.  The important thing is running the backup drive RIGHT NOW.


The Moe Lane February I Wish To Replace This Computer fundraising drive.

Yes, it’s that time again. Basically, I’m putting together existing funds, hopefully coming-in funds from freelance writing, and whatever else I can scrape up here for a replacement computer that possibly doesn’t wheeze all day whenever I ask it to do more than 15 fps.  I figure that $750 or so should more or less do it, but I certainly wouldn’t mind more bells and whistles.

As the below chart shows, I have already made a start to this,

fundraising thermometer

…but what the heck: time to rattle the tip jar.

There’s also an update on my Patreon account: short version is, I put up an original short-short story for Patrons only. That notification will probably get its own post, but you gotta flood the zone on this stuff.


New Computer advice bleg.

Embarrassing, this: I used to have the skills to figure out what computer I’d need to buy – and that’s buy. I’m not building one. I’m not going to spend a month setting it up to get somebody else to build me one, either. I just want to order it and have it sent to me – that met these standards.  Or even approximate them:

Recommended System Requirements
Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3,4 GHz
Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770
AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
DirectX 11
HDD Space 40 GB



Well, good news on the computer front.

On the advice* of my wife I took the blessed thing to a local computer guy, who promptly determined that the power supply was busted and needed a new one. Thanks to the coupon that my wife also found and printed out for me, it’ll even cost less than a hundred bucks and I’ll get it back this afternoon. If all goes well, I’m back on track for the Kindle purchase.

Moral of the story? Marry well.

Moe Lane

*No, not instruction. My wife never tells me what to do. I’m just not stupid.


Primary computer just died…

…posting will be extremely light until I work this out.  I suspect that I am in a situation where it will be cheaper to yank the hard drive for the files and replace the computer; there was a certain *smell* last night.

Moe Lane

PS: if you were thinking of buying something off of Amazon and using my site, this would be a great time to do that.


My long national nightmare is almost over.

Having somehow managing to completely muck up my desktop in the process of trying to remove some particularly nasty malware, I have finally been told that the blessed replacement is shipping.  So… just as soon as I get it I can stop with this ad hoc, jury-rigged back-and-forth between the laptop and the netbook.  Of course, I’m going to need to get all of my stored files – both the creative writing material and the game saves – out of the hard drive without infecting my new system, but one step at a time.

I should also probably buy both an external hard drive for the computer, and an external CD-ROM drive for the netbook.  Suggestions?

Moe Lane

PS: I also look forward to playing Dragon Age: Origins on a system that does not render it as being one step above stop-motion animation.

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