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elix

Compy go boom

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Update: MASSIVE LOVE to
Gobby
Gobby
for being a very generous fatbat and giving me a sizeable donation that not only covers the replacement power supply I'm looking at ordering, but almost completely covers the shipping, as well!

Yep. That's why I haven't been around much lately. I've had IM access on my phone, but it's a real pain typing with a touchscreen. I love Android, but I can't imagine using a 3.4" touchscreen device with no keyboard fulltime. Since Friday, I have had to, and it sucks.

On Friday, my computer just went poof. I briefly smelled what I suspect was smoke. (I would've noticed if there had been a fire, by now, so don't worry, everything's safe.) I think it was the power supply that blew; my logic for this is that the box doesn't even so much as grunt if I hook up the power plug and touch the power button. Also, this power supply did this once before and then was mysteriously all better after being turned off for a week, so I don't trust it. I think it might not have the wattage to keep up, so I should probably replace it with a bigger one.

This presents me with a problem, since I don't have a lot of money right now to spare on hardware. I was not too pleased about this. (And right now, specifically, I have additional bills that I have to worry about.)

I'm considering offering little goodies, kickstarter-style, in return for donations. Would anyone be willing to help me out for that? I'm thinking things like first-draft access to pieces before they get posted (by at least 24 hours), unnamed little cameos (for small donations), and named, involved cameos (for bigger ones). I'd offer notes access, but that's spoilerrific. I could assemble a little package for TNC fans of some of the stuff behind the scenes, because there's a lot of research that's been done so far (and much more needed), just kind of linking to resources and showing people some of the background material that doesn't make it to the actual page. I don't normally like doing this because writing is such a subjective thing and I don't want to piss people off (plus, it takes a good amount of time), but in this instance, not having my computer has been basically an unmitigated disaster in almost every way. For one thing, I'm trying to find work, and guess where my most recent copy of my resume is? (I have backups, but not in a format that my phone will read. :P )

As far as I know, no data has been lost, so nobody panic that OMG my stories and notes are gone. Even if the hard drive mysteriously caught fire, I have offsite backups--I'm not crazy. However, without a working computer, it's pretty hard to access them.

I don't need a terribly huge amount, but I do have a dental bill to pay (emergency tooth extraction for an infected abcess, whee -- came out Wednesday, and finally today I can swallow without feeling discomfort or pain) and so on, so anything'll help. I've got to double-check on the type of power supply that my machine needs before I can pick a replacement, but I'm expecting roughly in the $70-$120 range.

If you have any questions, the easiest thing to do is to e-mail me at elixkitten@gmail.com since I receive e-mail a whole lot easier than PMs, and Inkbunny's interface does not play nicely with such a small screen. (Don't get me wrong, Starling--it's just not designed for a mobile browser.) If you have me on IM, you can message me there instead, but be aware that I may not be awake or available, so I can't guarantee I'll respond right away.

Edit: This has nothing to do with the compy, but it happened around the same time. A long while back, when I actually had money to spare and so on, one of the things I allowed myself as a treat was an iPod Touch (first generation, but it was sweet at the time). And I considered getting an iPhone, as well (before Apple did certain things and before Android came out). So I subscribed to MobileMe, since it wasn't too expensive for what it provided and it had some useful features. Fast-forward to now: I don't use my iPod Touch very much, but it's still around and powered. The battery is, predictably, not holding a charge anywhere near like it used to, so that kind of limits its use, and it's long been abandoned by Apple, so I don't get any of the cool new stuff. However, MobileMe has kept on going, and it renewed on me a week ago. Despite the fact that the credit card I had on file had expired--yet another hit to my munny that I don't need.

Well, I logged into my MobileMe account and hit the unsubscribe button, just to see what would happen. It warned me that it was going to nuke all my stuff, blah blah, that's of course fine, I don't use it... and then it said that it'd automatically refund the cost to my credit card! Well, that's convenient, Apple. I almost feel a little bad for cancelling. Almost. Still something I don't use and can't afford right now, but that was a nice little gesture. And if I ever do somehow get saddled with an iPhone in the future, I'll probably be able to make practical use out of MobileMe. So, one thing went right.
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Added: 7 years, 6 months ago
 
KevinSnowpaw
7 years, 6 months ago
well crap man >.> I hope it is just the power supply, there not cheap but there not serious as far as computer problems go, you can easily replace it with enough cash. So hears hoping things go better for you soon. Lets just hope it's not the CPU, then again it did dent make any weird sounds from what you posted here so it is most likely, the PSU. If the PC shut off allot for no reason whenever you had it on to long or you did to much with it then it was a Wattage issue.
climon
7 years, 6 months ago
If your PSU blew, I hope it didn't fry your MOBO. Good luck.
elix
7 years, 6 months ago
If it did, that'll really suck, but it'll give me the opportunity to get a mobo that supports DDR3 RAM and uses my CPU socket because then I can put the 8GB of DDR3 I've got here (long story). ...it'll just cost more, again.
climon
7 years, 6 months ago
Yeah, when ever I hear of faulty PSU's I cringe and you saying that it did it once before, I was like shit. There goes the mobo. Good thing is, if you shop around both of these components are very affordable. I wish you good luck!!!
HimaChita
7 years, 6 months ago
*scritches* Sorry to hear that, hope you can get it all fixed soon. We need to get your kitty self back online properly. *chirps and mews*

Depending on how much you are seeking, I think I could help ya a lil.
GreenReaper
7 years, 6 months ago
Check your existing PSU before going overboard buying more power than you need. If you don't have a crazy graphics card, something like this (430W) would probably do. If you do, something like this (750W) or this (650W) should be fine.
elix
7 years, 6 months ago
I originally had a 450W in my machine, and it kind of browned out a bit here and there--although mainly if I was playing a game and I had a lot going on USB (I used to have a USB headset in addition to my USB keyboard and mouse, and this mobo seems to have questionable USB anyway). The one in thjere now is a 550W. I don't have a wildly insane card, but a moderately powerful one. I think a 600W PSU would be fine, give or take. I'm certainly not looking for anything over 700W. (You can tell I don't run FA; I look for hardware that does the job... I'm not begging for donations so I can build a wildly overpowered rig for the task at hand. :P )
Shokuji
7 years, 6 months ago
Sucky that your computer died. But cheers to Gobby for stepping up. =) *hugs Gobby* ^_^

" Don't get me wrong, Starling--it's just not designed for a mobile browser.
Something to add to the to-do list. =3
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