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Only slightly cranky

Oh I get told in plenty of time ... usually  Roll Eyes ... but the actual turn direction has been known to be quite random  Doh by the way, that's when she "KNOWS" where we're going ... God help us if I ask her to read a map! 
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Only slightly cranky

Better not let me "tweak" the voice nav then  Devil
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The wife (in all her insanity) Has her device set up with the voice of Darth Vader.  Not the most polite of direction givers.  lol

and instead of reaching her destination. She has completed her path to the dark side.  Doh  lol
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*squeek*

almost a year since anyone had a rant here? Thinking  will fix that....


Brick Wall  Got home today, went and picked up a few odds and ends to get through the weekend then sat down at the computer to catch up with the world.  Turn on computer, Windows loads and Flash gives it's whine about wanting an update.  Give it the ok....afterwards, open up Firefox, then have it freeze after loading a second tab in the browser, followed by memory dump bsod. Doh  Ok....reboot...Windows reports some "serious error", and sends me to a page saying it thinks something's wrong with the RAM.  Really don't feel like trying to debug hardware issues during the little time I get at home now that I'm back on a regular travel schedule. Confused Doh Brick Wall  Tried loading the Ubuntu install on another partition on same machine, no luck there either. Doh


For now, I'll just avoid the quad attached to the 24" monitor, and use the i7 attached to the 40" monitor and full surround system...hmm, perhaps that's not a bad thing....
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Oh you poor deprived child..   rofl
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Bummer.

Had some issues lately myself.  The HDD on my everyday surfer started freezing up intermitently crashing the machine.  I put in a spare 250 GB drive with a fresh XP install and slaved the original 160 gig problem drive to it and it's been fine.  Copied off the important stuff from the 160 just in case it crashes for good but so far have been able to access it without problems.
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Oh you poor deprived child..   rofl

I'll just have to make do... lol


John - thinking of doing similar, as my gut is thinking the hdd moreso then the ram. Pretty sure I have a TB drive in the i7 rig still going unused (it's my media machine, when I built it, I loaded it with several drives so I wouldn't have to pull it apart later down the line to add more, though I didn't plug them all in).  Then again, I still have a pretty hefty OC on the machine having issues, so that might be smarter to check...haven't had issues running it at that speed for like 2 years straight though, but then again I'm no longer doing much on that rig that benefits from the extra clock speed anyhow.
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almost a year since anyone had a rant here? Thinking  will fix that....


Brick Wall  ....  Turn on computer, Windows loads and Flash gives it's whine about wanting an update.  Give it the ok....afterwards, open up Firefox, then have it freeze after loading a second tab in the browser, followed by memory dump bsod. Doh  Ok....reboot...Windows reports some "serious error", and sends me to a page saying it thinks something's wrong with the RAM.  .........

sat down in front of puter today and flash wants to update  Thinking Thinking
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think I will wait for a day or two  Thumbs Up

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*squeek*

ruled out flash causing it because i doubt it broke the linux install as well... Tongue  memtest moving along smoothly so far, didn't notice anything unusual on the psu rails.  will see how memtest results look later today after it gets through a couple passes. Popcorn
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7.5+ hours of memtest running later, memory looks solid...guess again windows. lol


definitely looks like my initial gut suspicion is holding true on the hdd issue... Brick Wall
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Nah  it's your $400 graphics card...  Takes a dump when the OS attempts to do any hardware accelerated or GUI related stuff.

Fried due to Flash's poor implementation of hardware acceleration that doesn't release the GPU after use resulting in said GPU running at 100% till you either restart the rig or the card cooks itself.

[note] That and an unacceptable dust build up is what killed the wife's 9800GT.
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*squeek*

that rig has a graphics card that costs about 1/10th of that... lol  just pulled it open to have a look at the drive - quite a bit of dust, but i've seen worse.


old wd raptor. has a date of march 2007 on it - and has a 5 year warranty.  guess i'll get to see how well their warranty department works...
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shiny new drive up and running...so far so good...  forced me to finally install the copy of windows 7 i had for this machine - bought one of those family pack 3 license upgrade deals early on, though had been too lazy to back up what i had stored and make use of it.  will save salvaging data on the old drive for next weekend.

well, that's the last of my own machines running xp.  only machine left that i'm pretty much in charge of maintaining is mom's desktop...which is another Brick Wall .......she had been complaining about it randomly rebooting, though i hadn't seen it do so until today.  quick run of the usual tests, finally end up opening things up to have a look on the inside, and see a bulging capacitor... Doh  wonder if i can find a reasonably priced s754 board on fleabay... Thinking
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Nope!  not one you'd trust anyway...

Under $400 you can get one of them bundles newegg sells wif some pretty nice specs..
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*squeek*

at the $400 mark, i start considering recommending low end laptop, since she's been eyeing one for a while...
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Ahhh...  and there in lies my problem...  I don't do low end.  ROFL!! 

some nice notebooks out and about in the $400- $500 range now days.  Probably be even more the closer we get to Christmas.
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her use: turn on computer, check facebook, close browser.  check email, close browser. open skype to see if someone is online to chat with. close skype.

no multitasking, no heavy duty use.  she could get away with a netbook attached to her monitor and keyboard and never notice the difference... rofl
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My dad enjoys te hell out of his little Acer netbook..  Fool went and put Windows 7 on the thing..  Decided he liked it that way...

Only problem he has with it is Intel's lack of proper drivers for the GPU.  No hardware acceleration so all the video has to be run through it's baby CPU. lol
Does a surprisingly good job of it. (Just don't try the HD stuff off'n youtube. lol
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