Temporarily Laconic

I woke up this morning to a Blue Screen of Death and the smell of ozone. And things just got worse from there.

Twelve hours, three chkdsks, one power supply, two video cards, three sticks of RAM and three failed XP reinstalls later, my main computer is still totally inoperable. (Thankfully, we didn’t have to buy any of those parts except the power supply.) I’ve ordered a new bare-bones machine, but it’s won’t be here for at least a week.

In the meantime, I have the laptop. It’s not my favorite machine for either playing or typing long passages, but I guess I’ll get used to it. I may be even more laconic for the next week or two, though.

(Fortunately, my most important files, including all of Petopia and my recent contract work, are all safely stored in Perforce. I lost a couple of days of Petopia changes I was working on, but no more than that. And I handle e-mail through GMail so I’m fine there … Well, except for the calendar in Outlook, and I’m sure the dentist will call me at some point before my next appointment.)

16 thoughts on “Temporarily Laconic

  1. Faeldray

    Ouch, that’s too bad. I remember when my hand-me-down computer started making noises that should only be heard at a construction site. Luckily I had enough time to back-up all my files before a hard drive and the motherboard fried.

  2. Sean

    I’ve decided to start my own Blog with your own Hunter I enjoy reading this thing, I’m currently a level 21 Orc Hunter in Silverpine forest, and having some debates on what pet to choose, Currently i have a little Boar pet i captured outside the major Orc city. ready to head inside of shadowfang!

    http://myfirsthunter.blogspot.com/

  3. Messyah

    That totally sucks! I feel for ya!

    Did you get a barebones with a CPU? I hope so, in case your CPU is kaput!

    Do you know for sure what component bombed? If your main HDD bombed, you can still try setting it up as a slave or in an external enclosure and see if you can get data off of it… maybe the boot sector is what’s fried… it’s worth a shot.

  4. Kestrel

    Sounds like the only thing you didn’t try to replace was the mobo…nothing like the smell of fried motherboard in the morning to get your day off to a lousy start.

  5. Amewen

    I have a laptop that I use at home for my main system, and to play WoW on. While not as good as my hubby’s or daughters computers, graphic wise, it has a dual core 2.??g proc, with 4g of RAM and I solved the sucky laptop keybaord, and 14″ screen size by plugging it into a normal keyboard, mouse, and a 19″ widescreen monitor. So now it is just a mini pc :o). BUT if need be, I can take it with me. :o)

  6. Mania

    I spent all of yesterday getting the laptop set up so I can actually work on it, and I’m only half done. Unfortunately the biggest problem is that the laptop runs Vista (now on SP1!) and half my normal software doesn’t want to play nice with it. But .. we’ll see.

  7. Deathbang

    I’ve never had Vista but from what I’ve heard it causes some things to run SLOWER than they would on XP hardly an upgrade! Good luck though maybe it’ll make friends with some of your programs!

  8. Kestrel

    Messyah: Depends on what in the mobo got fried; I’ve had the Northbridge burn and the POST starts. Only did it once though. :D

    FWIW, I run Vista on both my laptop and desktop. The desktop (x64) was designed with Vista in mind; the only software I can not run on it is commercial stuff that looks for a very particular flavor of Windows. And on the laptop, with SP1, the only thing that was slow was Firefox, and post-SP1, even that’s pretty speedy. The key to Vista is to have the horsepower to run it well. Don’t put a 200# jockey on a thoroughbred. :)

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