May. 30th, 2010

So installed the new Ram and everything appeared fine. Then yesterday the cpu started to get pretty hot, at least compared to the temp it had been running at. Then Rubber Ducky started acting all funky and I couldn't get the monitor to wake up after a reboot and I was just getting all pissed off.

Jonathan thought it was the RAM, and I was inclined to agree since everything had been fine before I put it in. We got the monitor to turn back on by doing a jumper reset and then we changed the voltage on the RAM in the BIOS hoping it would help alleviate the problem. We ran memtest, which the new RAM passed with no issue. All seemed well...

Then I fucked up something today and it froze. I shut it down and rebooted and the monitor shit started up again. We removed the new RAM and that did not fix the issue, which I kinda knew it wouldn't. We thought that maybe I needed to add another fan, which we cannibalized from an old comp that was sitting here. There were other possibilities thrown around, but I had already decided it was the video card.

See, I have been having some issues with my video card lately. I think it runs way too hot, and the fan doesn't always want to work. I have to manually start the fan sometimes with my finger or a tube from a can of compressed air. When I finally do get it to start, the temp inside my case will shoot up for a few minutes and then even out. Jonathan knew that this card was a hot running card, but up until now, it really hadn't been a huge problem.

Sure enough we take out the video card (thank you Deity for onboard graphics, even if they are shit), and all of my problems go away. No more shitty heat readings, freezes, blackouts... I knew that card was dying on me.

Now the awesome thing is that I was already getting a new card for a late Mommy's Day prezzie. The bad news is that I am not getting it until next week or the week after. The power supply should be here this week. I was pissed today that it got ordered now and not the graphics card, but realized that even if I had the card, it won't run on this supply. So, no awesome new programs that I just got and no new Sims 3 expansion, that I don't have and see no reason to get until I get my comp straightened out. I are sad Pandora :(

Anyway, I'll get pics of the power supply when it gets here, because it is made of awesome and win. The new Video card is pretty awesome, too, so there will be pics of it at some point. Plus Rubber Ducky is just kinda cute anyway, so I should get pics of him while I do all of these upgrades...

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