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Old 05-01-2003, 02:30 PM   #1
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Bad Day...


Just needed to rant, todays been a VERY bad day. My own fault, but still:
1. Decided my old Athlon XP 1800+ (one of the very first batch, when AMD was having their tour giving them out) was getting a little long in the tooth, so I decided to overclock it. Didn't notice, but the tape ended up pulling the paint ACROSS a couple of bridges, and the processor fried. Even after removing the paint, no go.
2. Finally decided to get my 2400+(15x133=2 GHz) working at full ability. Since the T-bred core is much easier to unlock, I did so. NO prob. Put it back it, turned on, set everything, just fine. 12x166 MHz=2 GHz. Just fine, not running hot, everything good. But I hadn't put thermal compound on, since I didn't know if I'd be pulling it right back off or not. So I shut down, pulled it, put on the thermal grease, and put the !$#@#$@%&#$%#^&%^*$%^@ing Volcano 7 back on (the single worst designed cooler yet, IMHO). Of course, nothing worked on boot. So I pulled it back off, and the die was chipped.
So now, out of 4 computers, I have only 1 that works. Bad day. Needless to say, the volcano 7 is gone, replaced by a volcano 9 (amazing how much nicer it is, with the only REAL difference being the retention clip), and the computer the volcano 9 came off of now has a shiny new volcanoe 11 (wanted a Xdream SE, but noone has them for sale yet that I could find).
 
Old 05-01-2003, 03:08 PM   #2
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Hope things look up for you soon.

When stuff goes this wrong with me (and in my case, it's almost always software, not hardware, that's the problem), I'm tempted to lead a computer-free life. But I would feel severely handicapped: all my personal data and the way I organize my life (such as it is) is dependent on computer files.

So I pick up the pieces and go on. Technology is wonderful, but it has its really disturbing moments....
 
Old 05-01-2003, 03:22 PM   #3
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Yeah. I'm always tempted to get rid of computers too. But then reality hits me. When you take away a junkies obsession, he goes through shear H#@L. So even though they piss me off, I can't just quit cold turkey.
 
Old 05-01-2003, 06:33 PM   #4
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My lone computer went down for a day.....it was horrible.
 
Old 05-01-2003, 09:03 PM   #5
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I feel ya babe...

Been there....done that.

It'll get better. Maybe have a glass of wine

Peace out.
 
Old 05-01-2003, 09:19 PM   #6
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Yeah, I almost died when I threw on my Router and couldn't get online

It was like my pacemaker lost it's charge

Cool
 
Old 05-01-2003, 10:02 PM   #7
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When major computer trouble erupts, and all I can see is a long, dark, smoky tunnel ahead of me--I pick up my (classical) guitar and appreciate it more than ever. No software. No electronics. No EULA's. No crashes. Just pretty wood, strings, frets, and a chance to get away from it all.
 
Old 05-02-2003, 01:31 AM   #8
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Well, I would have just went for a ride on the bike, but the problem is, I don't have it yet. And for non-technology stuff, the only thing I have to fall back on is D&D. And there's only so much reading of libraries (and yes, I have a LIBRARY for D&D...several thousand in books worth for the new 3rd edition already) to come up with good creatures that your party won't have a clue what they are. Of course, I'm fairly certain I've succeeded on their upcoming adventure, BWAHAHAHAHAHAH!! They shall tremble in fear before my creatures (and the clerics going to HATE me)
 
Old 05-02-2003, 01:53 AM   #9
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Here is a bad day for you... My friend was fixing his girlfriends computer... I was over chatting with him as he worked. He wasn't wearing shoes, and was standing on a terazo floor. When he went to unscrew the sound card, he shocked the heck out of himself and he passed out... He landed on the case which was still not grounded, continually shocking himself, and he broke the processor, ram, motherboard, all the cards in the system, and his nose...
 
Old 05-02-2003, 01:58 AM   #10
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i lost my computer for a day it most boring day of my life no music no programming no linux aghhhh.....
 
Old 05-02-2003, 01:31 PM   #11
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Quote:
Originally posted by soothsayer
...and he broke the processor, ram, motherboard, all the cards in the system, and his nose...
That's what a call a true crash.

Hope your friend is fully recovered by now, and the computer too!
 
Old 05-02-2003, 02:40 PM   #12
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OK, so I was playing around with wine for the first time, because I wanted to see if I could get imesh running. My computer froze, totally. No ctl-alt-delete, no virtual consoles, no nothing. This had never happened to my (Linux) box before, so I was a little choked. Ironic how even trying to emulate windows code can crash a box.....anyway...

Hard reboot. Try booting up and get a bunch of messages: "symbols in module blah blah don't match blah blah..." for pretty much every kernel module I have. Eventually I get my desktop up. No network, no sound. Try ifconfig eth0: "device eth0 does not exist", whaaaa? modprobe sis900: bunch of errors. modprobe emu10k1: bunch of errors.

Tried using MAKEDEV to create eth0: "Don't know how to make device eth0". By now I'm thinking "Man I really don't want to reinstall..".

Luckily I have an unpacked kernel source backup on my harddrive, so I recompile the kernel with the drivers I need hardwired in. Rebooted, and all is well again.

Moral: "No internet and no music make Jack a dull boy", er, I mean, "No music and no internet make bulliver's computer a $1000 paperweight.
 
Old 05-02-2003, 11:35 PM   #13
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och... i feel for you...

$1000 dollar paperweight, bulliver? lol... that's a good one. tho i suspect depreciation for computers accelerates exponentiallly...
 
Old 05-03-2003, 12:38 AM   #14
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Your right, it's a $300 paperweight now...

btw I was including my monitor in the paperweight value
 
  


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