Your Obedient Serpent (athelind) wrote,
Your Obedient Serpent
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Be Careful What You Wish For.

For the last two years, I have said repeatedly to my computer, "Come on, baby. Just hold together long enough for me to finish my capstone and graduate."

I got exactly that, and no more.

We moved on the 7th -- and were supposed to have cable and broadband hooked up that same day. That's a whole 'nother entry in and of itself, and I might let quelonzia cover that one. Since we didn't, I didn't bother hooking up my system until Sunday, the 8th.

I putzed around a bit, played some MP3s on WinAMP -- and then, crash, not ten minutes after booting.

I rebooted... no, I didn't. I tried to reboot. Nothing. Not even the text that the BIOS sends to the screen when you hit the button. The green ON light was amber. After futzing with drive cables and getting an occasional almost-boot, Quel and I admitted defeat. Both of us were thinking "motherboard", but neither of us wanted to say it.

We took it to the computer place around the corner, and, sho'nuff, it's the mobo. So... whilst still in a financial crunch from the move... Leviathan got a new mobo and CPU. Oh, and the old RAM won't work on this one, and it needed a heftier power supply, too. The damage wasn't TOO bad, though, other than the timing. On the silver-lining side, the new mobo has built-in audio, video, and Ethernet -- about the only original equipment in the box now is the modem, the case, and the original 20-gig hard drive. The audio is much better... not that I'm gonna be listening to MP3s on this box anytime soon.

Why not? Well, for some reason, all my computer problems crop up when I'm using WinAmp.

For instance, all my documents are on the 80-gig Maxtor that I installed last year.

So, after replacing 90% of the computer just a week before, guess what gave out last Friday as WinAmp played?

I suspect that the Maxtor has been glitchy since Day One, explaining a host of iiritating little problems that have cropped up -- but since WinAmp is so HD-intensive, all my problems seem to crop up when it's running. So... I've yanked it off this box. We're gonna set up the Old Dusty Spare Computer as our WinAmp box.

According to the guy at Central, it looks like the documents can be salvaged -- in fact, he's already dumped them onto his local drive. But... I'm running without that drive right now, and without the 13-odd years of not-backed-up documents thereon. Yes, yes, I know, I should do backups. Soon as it's back in, and I can afford the stackthirty or forty CD-Rs it'll take to back up the 12 gigs of data I have, and I have thelong weekend I need to pull that off, I'll do it.

Alas, right now, all that data is waiting for me to go in and shell out the money for the 80-gig Seagate I'm buying to replace the Maxtor. I'm not sure when I can afford that, though -- right now, Quel and I are so broke we're rationing toilet paper.

Honestly, though... she did hold together long enough for me to finish school. So I can't get too upset.

But, HOORAY! Now that I have most of my computer back, I can job hunt!
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