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This is NOT a bad-stuff post. I've just been thinking of what's left to upgrade or replace on the desktop, and it basically boils down to the following:

More memory (Always good, to a point)

Bigger Hard Drive (At $40-$50 for 500 gigs this is likely before the end of the year)

More Powerful Processor (Now that I have a board that will SUPPORT a kickass processor... ;) This one will wait a while, unless one somehow drops in my lap)

Bigger/Better Monitor (I'd LOVE a 21+ inch widescreen display- bigger the better!)

Windows 7 Home or Pro (Maybe after I replace the drive.)

That's about all that I can think of, and none of this stuff is on the 'soon' list. The drive and Win7 are likely what'll happen first; the drive being cheap and Win7 just being a smart upgrade from XP Pro 32.

Its nice to have my toy back.
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Gigan is back up and running with a new motherboard. Cost me a bit more that I'd wanted, but I got the software installs free at least. Woo! Below is the current incarnation.

Case: Antec NSK 4400 case

Power Supply: OCZ Technology StealthXStream 700 Watt

Motherboard: Asus M3N78-VM

Processor: AMD Athlon X2 64 Dual Core 3.01 ghz

Graphics: PNY Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 w/896 MB GDDR3

Memory: 2 gigabytes Buffalo DDR2

Hard Drive: Seagate 160 gigabyte Serial ATA/300 7200 RPM with 8 megabyte cache

CD/DVD: Generic CD-RW/DVD-RW drive

Monitor: Acer 17" AL 1716B LCD

Keyboard: Logitech EX-100 cordless

Mouse: Logitech Marble Trackball

Speakers: Logitech- Can't recall the specific model.

OS: Microsoft Windows XP Pro 32

Feh.

Aug. 7th, 2010 03:32 pm
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Despite my hopes otherwise, its the motherboard that's crapped out this time. For General Nanosystems to to install a new board and do all the related software crap it'll be right about $100. I can swing that, I'm just tired of shit going wrong. A new board would have to be able to handle my old setup because I simply can't afford more than the C-note for the repair at this time. As the price for a 500-gig drive is about $50, I might talk to the folks about upgrading that soon too- 160 gigs is kinda dinky, especially with all the games we're dumping onto this thing.

Below is what Gigan currently is.

Case: Antec NSK 4400 case

Power Supply: OCZ Technology StealthXStream 700 Watt

Motherboard: ECS EliteGroup HT2000 CSIGM-M Motherboard, socket AM2

Processor: AMD Athlon X2 64 Dual Core 3.01 ghz processor

Graphics: PNY Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 w/896 MB GDDR3

Memory: 2 gigabytes Buffalo DDR

Hard Drive: Seagate 160 gigabyte Serial ATA/300 7200 RPM with 8 megabyte cache

CD/DVD: Generic CD-RW/DVD-RW drive

Monitor: Acer 17" AL 1716B LCD

Keyboard: Logitech EX-100 cordless Keyboard

Mouse: Logitech Marble Trackball

Speakers: Logitech- Can't recall the specific model.

OS: Microsoft Windows XP Pro 32
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The desktop seems dead again. It seems to power up fine, but from the sound of it, the hard drive tries to spin up but fails to start. I'm betting its the drive or something software. Either way I'm kinda screwed. I may take it in for the free diagnostic tomorrow in the morning, if I can stay awake that long. I'm getting tired of this, honestly.
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Its been a while since I posted anything, so I decided to slap something up today. The last week and a half or so saw the return of my insomnia- it seems to finally be over, and I'm sleeping normally once again. I still don't know what triggers it, but I can deal with it. At work, I'm daring to have the laptop out again, so I have tunes- this started just a couple days ago... And this corresponds to my starting to sleep better again as well- connection? Maybe.

My reading has continued to be voracious, and over the last week I think I've gone through something like a book and a half every night- I've about... Five? New ones left, with several more en route in the mail. I plan to either go out today or tomorrow to get a few more. Mostly its 'supernatural fiction', which is to say contemporary fantasy leaning towards horror. No, I'm not reading Twilight, and I'll prolly go to work with the eye-spoons before I EVER read that tripe. :P

I did a little cooking the other day that came out nicely too. It was simple, but good: T-Bone steaks done medium with sauteed mushrooms and red and green peppers. Migod, I had a steak WITHOUT a potato! Who'd a thunk. I'll definitely be doing it again. In other food news I've started getting Bellatoria Sausage Italia extra-thin crust frozen pizzas- these are impressively good, nearing pizzaria quality for the flavor. They're kinda spicy (which I like) and perfect to have with a cold beer.

The Sunday Gaming Group is vaguely on hiatus due to the busy-ness of summer for several of the participants, so my gaming fix is being (barely) sated by playing Dungeons & Dragons Online. Its pretty damn good, and while I have a paid account for the added goodies you can play a lot of the content for free, earning DDO points to purchase the added content bit by bit. However, it doesn't make up for the lack of tabletop role-play, and I'm looking forward with little patience to the reinstatement of gaming.

That's pretty much it for life right now, other than I got some overtime the other night, and will get some holiday pay from the Fourth- right now the plan is to get a 16-gig Ipod Nano, but that may change if I find or am recommended a good 16 gig (or bigger; especially bigger!) MP3 player. I'm mainly looking at the Ipod as all of my music is on the Macbook and I'm looking at ease-of-transfer. Recommendations will definitely be considered, especially if there's something bigger than 16 gigs available for a similar or lower price. I don't want a Classic- I want no-moving-part reliability- hard drives are more likely to get trashed by klutz-me.

All Fixed!

Jun. 17th, 2010 10:43 am
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Its back, it works and as far as I can tell its running better than ever. Woot. :)
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... Is odd. s it turns out the mother board and everything I suspected could have been the problem were fine. It was the power supply. Which is weird as it had the same symptoms before the upgrades- maybe the old one was ALSO dying. But this will teach me for getting a refurbished power supply. The NEW one will be a 750 Antec. I'll also pick up a new cable for the stupid wireless so I stop knocking it over, and I might pick up a new set of cheap-ass $20 speakers- the power button on the ones I've got is dying. All in all I was expecting up to $300 for the repairs- its gonna be about $150 counting the cable and the speakers. Whee for not having to pay as much!
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My gaming machine seems to be dead. I don't know what's wrong, but there IS power but it won't power up. When the power switch is hit on the front of the machine, the little blue LED lights for a moment, but then goes out- nothing else. I don't know what it means, other than I get to dump cash for parts or a new machine.

It was working fine last night, and I powered it down before I went to work- hours before I left actually. It wasn't on when the power went out the other day either, so that's ruled out as well. I've checked all the connections, and there are no signs that the magic smoke escaped. I'm betting at this point that the motherboard finally gave out totally, because if it were the processor it would at least start up.

Any ideas would be appreciated, and if you'd like to come take a look at it [livejournal.com profile] foeclan I'd be appreciative. I can afford a new board if that's all that's wrong, and if its more than that I can probably fake it- next month I'll have some extra cash.
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As of 3:15 AM Central today I turned 45 years old. Feels about the same as 44 did, really. The folks gave me money, and that was spent on a pile of books and a fan for the computer. Woo. ;) The REAL gift may be new carpet in the upstairs, but that'll probably happen after their trip to Alaska in July. Today I've done very little, which I think is a good way to spend a birthday, though I did get out to Target to replace my ancient and now broken keyboard for the gaming computer. I now have a wireless Logitech keyboard- it has a nice keyfeel, quieter than the old keyboard and a bit more comfortable to use. However, it does seem to lose connectivity once in a while, but I can live with that cos I don't have that damned cord to wrangle anymore.

Other than that, I work tonight and REALLY ought to deal with dishes and recycling- tomorrow is trash day and the biweekly recycling pickup.

I R so exciting. :)

Oh- the books I got were:

Blood Lite (a collection of horror stories tending to the lighthearted and comedic)
Three Mercy Thompson series books by Patricia Briggs: Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed and the new one, Silver Borne.

Three of Patricia Briggs' OTHER series, Alpha Omega: On the Prowl, Cry Wolf and Hunting Ground.

I also got a copy of Silver Borne for a friend- Half Price Books had two copies of the hardcover so I got 'em both.
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The trackballs, scheduled to get her this coming Monday, also got here today. :)
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I forgot I needed to replace the desktop trackball! O well, that's been ordered along with a spare. No more books for now... Although I DO think I've enough to last til the next paycheck. ;)
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In other news, I finally got rid of Mozilla as my mail program, and switched to Thunderbird. In the past I've tried to switch twice, but for some reason I couldn't get the download to work. This time it went fine, which is a real good thing seeing as Mozilla was refusing to start anymore. So, everything is transferred, Mozilla is gone and TBird is in. Whee!

Right now I'm just being lazy in the back room, listening to a cat yowling outside and driving Spaz and Lady a little crazy. ;)

GIGAN!!!

Feb. 12th, 2010 06:30 pm
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Case: Antec NSK 4400 case

Power Supply: OCZ Technoligy StealthXStream 700 Watt

Motherboard: ECS EliteGroup HT2000 CSIGM-M Motherboard, socket AM2

Processor: AMD Athlon X2 64 Dual Core 3,01 ghz processor

Graphics: PNY Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 w/896 MB GDDR3

Memory: 2 gigabytes Buffalo DDR

Hard Drive: Seagate 160 gigabyte Serial ATA/300 7200 RPM with 8 megabyte cache

CD/DVD: Generic CD-RW/DVD-RW drive

Monitor: Acer 17" AL 1716B LCD

Keyboard: Logitech Deluxe Keyboard (got it used free from work)

Mouse: Logitech Marble Trackball

Speakers: Logitech R-10

OS: Microsoft Windows XP Pro 32

Sayeth I: Woot. :)
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Well, I got the new card. Its a PNY Nvidia GeForce GTX 250 Core 216 896 MB card. It BARELY fits in the case after moving the hard drive. HOWEVER... My old power supply is insufficient, and the serial ATA connector is in the way. So, tomorrow I get to pick up a new powersupply and a 90-degree serial ATA connector so that we can get it set up. O well, I guess I knew it'd never be as simple as I'd imagined.

The new power supply will likely be and OCZ Technologies 700 Watt StealthXtream ATX. I'll pick that up in the morning before I crash for the day. Thus I will have my suddenly-beefy beast fully upgraded tomorrow. :)

Later tonight I'll be making the meatballs and sauce for tomorrow- I've discovered that the sauce is always better the next day, so making it tonight is the best route. You know, I should really organize all my recipes...
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I'm about to update Gigan again, my gaming desktop. Here's what it was when I forst got it:

GIGAN!

Case: Antec NSK 4400 case with a 380 watt power supply.
Motherboard: ECS EliteGroup HT2000 CSIGM-M Motherboard, socket AM2
Processor: AMD Sempron 3400+ socket AM2
Graphics: ATI Radeon X1310 Pro, 256 megabytes DDR2
Memory: 1 gigabyte Buffalo DDR
Hard Drive: Seagate 160 gigabyte Serial ATA/300 7200 RPM with 8 megabyte cache
CD/DVD: Generic CD-RW/DVD-RW drive
Monitor: Acer 17" AL 1716B LCD
Keyboard: Belkin Standard Keyboard (this $9.00 piece of work is gonna get replaced...)
Mouse: Logitech Marble Trackball
Speakers: Logitech R-10

Now, that was what it was then. What it is NOW is:

GIGAN!

Case: Antec NSK 4400 case with a 380 watt power supply.
Motherboard: ECS EliteGroup HT2000 CSIGM-M Motherboard, socket AM2

** Processor: AMD Athlon X2 64 Dual Core 3,01 ghz processor

Graphics: ATI Radeon X1310 Pro, 256 megabytes DDR2

** Memory: 2 gigabytes Buffalo DDR

Hard Drive: Seagate 160 gigabyte Serial ATA/300 7200 RPM with 8 megabyte cache
CD/DVD: Generic CD-RW/DVD-RW drive
Monitor: Acer 17" AL 1716B LCD

** Keyboard: Logitech Deluxe Keyboard (got it used free from work)

Mouse: Logitech Marble Trackball
Speakers: Logitech R-10

The next upgrade is the new graphics card. I've not figured out WHAT yet, but nearly anything would be better. I've a budget of $170-$200, so while I can't get the top of the line I CAN get something real nice. If the money is there, I may go to 4 gigs memory too, but that would be a bonus. :)
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I got a new laptop. Its a Macbook, 13.2" screen, 2g dual-core pentium with plenty of memory and hard-drive space, and as I'd actually USED my Time Machine backup, getting the stuff from the old machine to the new was connecting a cable and pushing a button. ;)

The keyboard is a bit different from the old one, no longer a drop-in separate and easily-replaceable piece; now, I think it works the same way but you have to open the case. They were out of stock of the printer I was going to get, so I'll pick that up tomorrow. After the instant rebate, that's $30 more. All in all, I ended up spending about $200 more than I'd aimed, but given that I didn't have to deal with compatibility issues and file conversions, I think it was worth it.

And, of course, after i got the new one [livejournal.com profile] foeclan tells me that, for him, the old one was charging properly. (sigh) O well, I was going to do this within a few months anyway. But, the old one will be the backup lappy now. :)

This is the FIRST computer I've gotten that will effectively be fully paid for right off!
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And the laptop is effectively dead. The power supply isn't charging, and its likely a connection inside the laptop casing itself that's the problem. Which means it IS repairable... IF I'm willing to dump another $300 into it. And I'm not. I'm going to try to get it repaired anyway, via friends, but this pretty much means I'm getting a new laptop.

Honestly... I don't want to. I LIKE the one i have, despite its problems. At 5 years old, it did everything I wanted it to do other than gaming... And I really didn't need to have it for games. But, 5 years plus is OLD for a laptop.

So I'm in the market, and I think I may be getting it before the weekend. (sigh) I know I was considering it before, but its necessary now. I do ALL my writing and such on the laptop. Everything. So I kinda need it. I'm hoping [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain's machine can charge my battery so I can at least strip the beast.

With luck, the folks might kick in some, but I can't hope for that- they got hit hard by the financial disasters.

What sucks more is that I just started writing a short story with my Traveller character Deyn, and was 9 pages in. :P
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Nothing bad, fortunately. I now have a new battery for it (charging as I type!) and I picked up Iwork '09 for it too, to replace the getting-flaky copy of Appleworks that I currently use for word processing and such. I'll install that later. That leaves a) upgrading the memory-expansion from the 512mb that's in there now to a 1-gig (for a total of 1.256-gigs), b) replacing sticky-key keyboard that's in it now with a new one, and c) getting the bad connection on the first USB port and the power port fixed. the optional fix is d) a new 120-gig hard drive, but that can wait. :)

Hopefully, I'll get all that done in the next month or two. Oh! I also have to get a new, more recent copy of Photoshop. I've currently got 7.0 for mac, but it (like Appleworks) is old enough that it doesn't play well with the new OS. But given I got it free, no biggie. I've checked- I can get a copy of CS (legal) from Ebay for about $100. So that'll be later.

Other updates- I took the car out to the folks place the other day for some assistance with replacing a headlight; mostly because I've not futzed with anything on this car yet, and I wasn't sure how to go about it. We found that one of the tail-lights was ALSO out, so we ran to the store, got the bulbs and replaced them both. We bottled it up and I was just about to leave... And I noticed that the OTHER, driver-side headlight chose that time to die! Guh. I was tired and so said 'fuck this', and left it for later. I now have the bulb, and I'll get it in tomorrow in all odds.

Other than that, tonight is the last night of the week for me at work. Yay! I work Sunday and Monday morning next week, then I'll be on vacation for 8 days straight! God I need this.

Saturday.

Jan. 25th, 2009 01:41 am
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Not a lot went on, though I got Shadowmatch (Dark/Dark Scrapper) to level 48 (She started at L42) between Friday evening and the play today, and also got Coalesced (Archery/Psychic Blaster) up a level as well. I also did a bit more work in the base. Yeah, lots of City of Heroes on double-exp. weekend. ;)

Other than that, I've started the process of upgrading and fixing the Ibook up to make it last as long as I can. I've now got it running Mac OX X 10.5.4, which works nice, and allows me to once again install .dmg files, which the older version couldn't read due to a more recent format-change. Bad thing, I may have to replace or at least reload my copy of Photoshop. Oh well, its old anyway and I can find a copy of CS on ebay for a tolerable price.

Next up will be upping the memory stick from 512 mb to a gig- that'll be about $20 to $40. After that its a new hard drive, which is probably the most expensive given I may have it installed at the Apple store. After that its a new keyboard and fixing the damaged USB port and power cord connection port- both have finicky connection issues. Lastly, A new battery and maybe a new power supply, but those can wait.

Also today I picked up the WALL-E soundtrack, and a replacement copy of Fleetwood Mac's greatest hits- my old copy had a bad gouge across a few tracks from being carried in a cheap CD player. :P

Other than a nap before work, that was the day. I'm now at work, and looking forward to the Traveller campaign tonight!
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Well, I'm working again. Unfortunately, this is just what's called a Special: a temporary posting that is short term. I'm working at the Holiday Inn East which is right on the border of St. Paul and Mounds View, which for me is about a half-hour drive.

Its not a bad account, really, but there's a lot of walking and I'm less doing security and more acting as a gofer. I'm here through next week, working Monday-Thursday this week and Sunday-Thursday next. Hopefully they'll have a permanent posting for me thereafter... Closer to home, I hope!

I wasn't able to have my laptop last night, on the off chance that they might give a damn- but I'll have it tonight and through the end of the job as far as I know. Hell, I might even be able to get online!

And I slept like the dead- a solid 8 hours... AFTER I kicked Spaz out of the room. :P

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