Apr
05
2017
8

…alternatively, the dang computer just needed a good cleaning.

Sort of.  The video card is crap; it’s an AMD, and my computer guy flatly refuses to work with AMD cards.  Which is actually fine by me, but he also didn’t have a NVidia card of the right type (I’ve got a AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB Video Card (Require Min. 600W Power Supply) in there now) to swap it out with.  But the basic problem that was causing the CPU to crash were the fans; dust/gunk buildup was causing the overheating and subsequent shutdown.

For right now, the box has been cleaned thoroughly of dust and it’s running considerably quieter. It does still runs loud in Fallout, but it’s no longer shutting down.  The plan is for me to go buy a new video card* and have the guy install it; yes, I could do it myself after I watched a few YouTube videos, but I had to spend five minutes convincing the guy to charge me anything for looking it over in the first place.  This is why we have money, right?  To make it possible to have people who can specialize in stuff.

Moe Lane

*I think that I should be looking at the GeForce GTX 960, or maybe the 1060; that’s roughly equivalent to what I have now, right?

Apr
04
2017
5

Severely light posting tomorrow, maybe Thursday.

I have to take the desktop into the shop to see what’s with this loud fan/power goes out thing.  Hopefully, at least one of these problems will be fixable, because it’s going to be a while before I can justify to myself getting a new machine. Although I may price some more RAM, just for the heck of it. Or putting in a second hard drive to get some more room.  Haven’t decided yet. One thing’s for certain: if I have to replace the video card, it ain’t going to be with another AMD.  It’s pretty much impossible to play Conan Exiles with one, and it’s apparently not the only game with that problem…

Mar
17
2017
3

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.

Nov
01
2016
8

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!

Jun
22
2015
10

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.

(more…)

Mar
03
2015
9

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.

:pause:

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

Feb
19
2015
2

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.

Feb
18
2015
--

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.

Feb
09
2015
7

…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.

Feb
01
2015
5

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.

Jan
29
2015
28

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
AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770
AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
RAM 8GB
OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
DirectX 11
HDD Space 40 GB

(more…)

Feb
27
2014
10

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.

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