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Great... MORE computer problems...

Anyone who's followed me for a while here knows I've got an OLD computer. This machine is original Alienware, custom-built for me ten years ago. It'd held up well, though the controller chip is going and the motherboard has been dying a slow death for the last few years. It's withstood viruses and malware and quite a bit of other crap. Now, though, its time is running out.

About a month ago, a new problem cropped up. Without warning, the monitor would suddenly black out and give me a "No Signal" message, then shut down entirely. Getting it to work again meant forcibly rebooting my computer by holding in the power button until it shut down, then rebooting. This would happen two, maybe three times within the span of a few minutes. I didn't know what was happening until recently.

It turns out that the problem is the video card. It has begun to die and is overheating. Like the rest of the computer (minus the internal harddrive and the CD/DVD drive), the video card is an old part, one of the original parts. So old it has a heat sink instead of a cooling fan. When it overheats, it causes the monitor to shut down, and at least once I saw the mouse freeze before the screen blacked out on me.

When the video card overheats, the only way I can get my monitor working again is to hard reboot. Unfortunately, having to do this too often will cause glitches in the already touchy OS. Eventually it will cause the OS to crash, which will require a reformat/reinstall. And my computer is just too damn old.

My only choice now is to try and get a newer machine. The guys who built my current computer tell me I should get a newer refurbished computer, and they'll put the harddrive from my old computer into the newer one so I can keep all my programs. Unfortunately, I won't have any real money until my GST check arrives in April, and that's only $130. The cheapest of the refurbished machines is $120, not including the taxes. With some luck I may be able to save up a bit more from what I get for taking courses at the Employment Development Center ($70 every two weeks), but I'm not sure what I'll be able to afford when the time comes. If I don't have enough by early April, then very likely I'm screwed.
  • Mood: Depressed
  • Listening to: The Island, Part 1 (Dawn) - Pendulum
  • Reading: Mortal Dictata - Karen Traviss
  • Watching: Walking With Prehistoric Beasts
  • Playing: Darksiders II, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  • Eating: crackers
  • Drinking: Pepsi
Fins and Attitude by UltraRodimus
Fins and Attitude
I lost my black beauty, Obsidian, to either age or an illness I couldn't detect a couple of weeks ago. This flashy fellow is the new resident of the tank, after I spent three and a half hours scouring it to make sure that whatever killed Obsidian was dealt with.

Mist is a double tail, a double delta, I think. When I brought him home he was the palest of purples, with hints of pink and blue in his fins. That pale color earned him the name Mist Dancer. After a few days he darkened to royal purple, with an attitude to match, and his name has been shortened to just Mist. The light in the photo doesn't do his color justice. He is a glorious royal purple from jaws to fin bases, with deep pink and red on his fins, and white tips on red ventrals. As I type this he's parading back and forth across the front of his tank, waving his fins at me and trying to take bites out of a hairclip shaped like a hibiscus flower sitting on the dresser next to the tank.
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UltraRodimus
a.k.a. Cyberra
Canada
Current Residence: that's for me to know and you... not to
Favourite genre of music: whatever gets my attention
Operating System: Windows XP
MP3 player of choice: Lyra Opal
Shell of choice: conch?
Skin of choice: my own?
Favourite cartoon character: VOLFOGG!!!
Personal Quote: Insane and loving' it!
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Great... MORE computer problems...

Anyone who's followed me for a while here knows I've got an OLD computer. This machine is original Alienware, custom-built for me ten years ago. It'd held up well, though the controller chip is going and the motherboard has been dying a slow death for the last few years. It's withstood viruses and malware and quite a bit of other crap. Now, though, its time is running out.

About a month ago, a new problem cropped up. Without warning, the monitor would suddenly black out and give me a "No Signal" message, then shut down entirely. Getting it to work again meant forcibly rebooting my computer by holding in the power button until it shut down, then rebooting. This would happen two, maybe three times within the span of a few minutes. I didn't know what was happening until recently.

It turns out that the problem is the video card. It has begun to die and is overheating. Like the rest of the computer (minus the internal harddrive and the CD/DVD drive), the video card is an old part, one of the original parts. So old it has a heat sink instead of a cooling fan. When it overheats, it causes the monitor to shut down, and at least once I saw the mouse freeze before the screen blacked out on me.

When the video card overheats, the only way I can get my monitor working again is to hard reboot. Unfortunately, having to do this too often will cause glitches in the already touchy OS. Eventually it will cause the OS to crash, which will require a reformat/reinstall. And my computer is just too damn old.

My only choice now is to try and get a newer machine. The guys who built my current computer tell me I should get a newer refurbished computer, and they'll put the harddrive from my old computer into the newer one so I can keep all my programs. Unfortunately, I won't have any real money until my GST check arrives in April, and that's only $130. The cheapest of the refurbished machines is $120, not including the taxes. With some luck I may be able to save up a bit more from what I get for taking courses at the Employment Development Center ($70 every two weeks), but I'm not sure what I'll be able to afford when the time comes. If I don't have enough by early April, then very likely I'm screwed.
  • Mood: Depressed
  • Listening to: The Island, Part 1 (Dawn) - Pendulum
  • Reading: Mortal Dictata - Karen Traviss
  • Watching: Walking With Prehistoric Beasts
  • Playing: Darksiders II, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  • Eating: crackers
  • Drinking: Pepsi

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:icontricia-lynch:
Tricia-Lynch Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav! :D
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UltraRodimus Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
^_^ You're welcome!
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Timbrewolf823 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave! :)
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UltraRodimus Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
You're welcome ^_^
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lady-warrior Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
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UltraRodimus Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
*whines* I have no money at all, otherwise I would be going after him right now
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lady-warrior Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
I know what you mean. ;_;
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Syrazel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav =)
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UltraRodimus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
^_^ You're welcome
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Tricia-Lynch Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav!! :D
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