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Jul. 5th, 2009

I have to get up early tomorrow, but I have a ferocious headache that came out of nowhere, and distraction is better than focus for whiling out the time until the ibuprofen kicks in. 

I'm slowly defragging my backup drive, which will probably take more than 24 hours to finish.  It's a USB drive, and for some reason the port it's connected to keeps forgetting it's a USB 2.0 port, so it runs very slowly.  I suspect I need to either rebuild this PC or buy some new parts.  Neither one is appealing.  My video card died last week -- at first I thought the motherboard had failed, but it turned out that it could boot, it just wouldn't write to the screen -- and I've been running using the OEM video support.  Not nearly as nice.  

I did think of an ending to my J&P crack!fic, so you may see that soon.  


Jul. 6th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, that sounds like a nice setup for a PC failure. Backup everything. :P

I hope your headache is better, and I'm thrilled to hear about writing progress!
Jul. 7th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
Wow, that sounds like a nice setup for a PC failure. Backup everything.

It's a 3.5 year old PC, and does a few wacky things: it doesn't recognize its own USB ports as 2.0, despite having a 2.0 controller installed, and after being on for a few days it stops playing sound and the volume control device will report that no mixer devices are installed. And of course there was this thing with the video card, which is either a bad card or a bad slot. (I can't test which, since I don't have a replacement card yet and the slot is the only one of its kind in the PC.)

The guys at work say to rebuild it (i.e. reinstall the OS), which I can certainly do, but it will be a lengthy and tedious process, and I'm wondering whether some of the problems are signs of imminent motherboard failure. I suppose reinstalling would answer that question: if it doesn't fix them, it's the hardware.

I do have up-to-date backups of everything, fortunately.