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It's Dead, Jim

From the "Ain't I Got Enough to Contend With" department, the diagnosis on my computer -- using my best guess and some Googling -- is that my video card died and was taking the rest of the computer with it. Of course, I didn't work that out until I wiped it out and reinstalled the factory-loaded image of the machine.

I have an external "backup point" from last December saved, but the machine claims it can't use it; I'm guessing because it's a Windows 7 backup whereas the factory image is running Vista. So I'm now installing the Windows 7 upgrade, in the hopes that it will be able to use the December restore point to rebuild the system. My data is backed up by Carbonite, so assuming I get the system in place, Carbonite will fix the data. I hope.

Meanwhile, I need to go to Best Buy tomorrow and get a new video card, and hope that is the end of this particular mess.

I wonder if I could get LotRO to run in the Windows emulator on a Mac. And I wonder if it wouldn't just be all the same pain but with a higher price tag.

Meanwhile, I'm glad I have this iPad.

-The Gneech



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Jun. 7th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
depends on the machine and the emulator you choose...
I wouldn't try it on a laptop, but a desktop with VMWare or Parallels would probably be worth it.

Jun. 7th, 2010 11:47 am (UTC)
Re: depends on the machine and the emulator you choose...
Honestly, poking around the Internet a bit, it looks like a nightmare. But I wasn't really serious about it anyway. :)

Jun. 7th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
Pull the card and look closely at every one of the capacitor canisters. (The cylindrical little cans soldered to the board.) You'll likely find several of the ends puffed out instead of being flat and smooth, like they're supposed to be.

In the past year, I've brought a number of cards, mainboards and flat-panel monitors back from the dead by de-soldering the bad capacitors and replacing them with good ones from other circuit boards. Just need to match the farad ratings and make sure the new ones don't have a lower voltage rating.

It's called "capacitor plague", and it's a known problem. Look it up. If you or a friend have any soldering skill, you can almost always revive something like this that died with a little effort and no cost. (Assuming you have circuit boards laying around to "harvest" new caps from. Which I do.)

Even if you don't use this info to revive your dead card, at least now you know something new. And knowing is half the... story. Or something.

Jun. 7th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks, but on the whole I'd rather just get a new one and go. :)

Jun. 8th, 2010 05:20 am (UTC)
One reason I still use XP; it seems to adapt. Hopefully, the Win7 and the patch take care of the link between the PC and the Ex-Drive for you, after you repair the video card.

As for a Window emulator on your Mac... I've heard of a recent virus that hacks into Mac's using the Window's emulator software. Use caution.
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