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Just so you don’t think we’ve dropped off the Earth, here’s what’s been going on in the Empire:

Our ancient AMD Athlon XP 2700+ box was finally reaching the end of its tether, meaning that it had suddenly decided to become a hot plate on top of being a PC. This had been going on for some time, and various and sundry cooling methods had helped a bit, but we finally had to realize that the rusty old box was at the end of the line when it started frying itself and shutting down to protect its innards (not a Bad Thing™, since it NOT shutting down would have been much, much worse) and nothing seemed to help. Not to mention that it WAS beginning to show its age when trying to run software written after the Stone Age. Not that we’re complaining. We got three years of joy out of it, which is unheard of in the PC world where your new machine is obsolete before you get it home from the store. Well, not entirely unheard of when you’re a custom rigger, you can squeeze a LOT of extra time out of an otherwise ancient rig that way, but still.

Our old method of switching out bits and pieces didn’t work anymore either, since nobody in their right mind would want to bother making new parts for an old Socket A, so it was time to upgrade.

So we get all the bits and pieces, put it all together and, oh joy, it’s back to square one as far as Windows is concerned. We expected that, but spending several hours re-installing and repairing an old install isn’t our idea of a good time and no, wiping everything out and starting over is NOT an option.

So that’s what we’ve been up to. Hopefully it will soon be done, because we really depend on that other box (given the enormous amounts of vital data on it) but until then we’ll be AWOL.

29 Responses to “Bugger All (And Why We Have This Love/Hate Relationship With Computers)”
  1. LC Hardclimber54 Comment by LC Hardclimber54

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    A speedy return to normalcy, Oh Emperor! The FIRST thing I do when I get to the office is to bring up the Rott! Always a treat… I consider this to be my first duty as an official LC.

    Oh, and first!!!

  2. CiSSnarl5.7 Comment by CiSSnarl5.7

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    Misha,

    I feel your pain, I’m running a AMD X2 4200 939 in my box…and it is now two years old. Luck is with me; it runs as cool as a cucumber still, however it’s a custom built gaming rig and it has a nice cooling set up pulling cool room temp air from the front across the MB and GPU Then exhausting it from the back.
    It also has a push pull set up on the HDD bays keeping my RAID 5 nice and chilly.

    I attribute it’s rock steady performance even under an aggresive OC when I’m gaming to using one of these:

    http://www.mountainmods.com

    I’ve got the older UFO -2 Model
    If your office space is not severely limited you should really consider one of these cases for your next build.
    The company is also real good about shipping and of course they are American owned and operated.

    It looks a little odd but it grows on you and it’s always a neat “wow thats a computer?!?!?” factor when you fire it up in front of somebody.

    Can’t beat it for ease of maintenance either, you pop off the side panels via a few thumb screws and blast it with some canned air, and your done. Once the plugs come off and the Cards are out, drives, Controllers, everything including the MB simply slides out of the back of the case or is removable in seconds from the front.

    Other goodies include:
    7800 GTX Nvidia GPU
    .6 TB Raid 5
    Front Fan controller
    Dual DVD -RW Burners
    Lots of cool Blue LED fans (5 all togehter… :em02:)
    800 Watt OCZ PSU
    Wi-Fi and Gig Ethernet
    DFI Lan Party Venus MB
    2 GB OTC RAM PC 3200 DDR

    This builds getting a bit long in the tooth but it still can pull a 80K bench mark on Aquamark without OC..I can push 85 with an agressive OC.

    And for a slight fee the folks at Mountain Mods…will even engrave the plexiglass panels or custom cut a fan grill in the desgin of your choice…

    Hmmmmmm……I’m thinking a jet black box with Red LED fans and the Rottie logo Engraved on the plexiglass panels would be the ONLY rig worthy of the Emporer’s use… :em99:

  3. DJ Allyn,  ITW Comment by DJ Allyn, ITW

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    Might I suggest the bargain basement at Dell?

    Most people aren’t aware of Dell’s “outlet” store for ordered-but-never-purchased or refurbished machines that they sell at a third of the price (but with the exact same warranty)

    When you go online to dell and order a computer, that order is automatically placed. But say at the last moment you decided you didn’t want to buy that machine. Guess what — that machine is going to be build anyways, and it is going to sit on a shelf for about three or four weeks.

    So Dell takes them off the shelf, knocks 66% off the price and offers them on their “outlet” store. The inventory changes every fifteen minutes because people buy them up to place on E-Bay or some other online service for twice as much as they paid for it.

    I have four Optiplex 745 that I bought from Dell for about $450 each. They are worth almost four times that amount.

  4. Deathknyte Comment by Deathknyte

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    I have been informed by my computer guy that within a year I will be FORCED into upgrading. New parts simply dont fit my current ones. Including the 2 megs of RAM I got a couple of years ago.

  5. NevadaDailySteve Comment by NevadaDailySteve

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    Sire,

    My heart goes out to you. If you want to talk outdated equipment, I’m your guy. My problem is that when I upgrade to better equipment I am unable to throw out the old stuff if it still works. I have 2 HP Deskjet 500 black and white printers, a brother laser printer, a couple of 24 pin dot matrix printers, a dell printer that came with my new (a year old now) computer and an Epson all-in-one printer. Monitors? I have a couple of 14 inch monitors a 15 inch, a 19 inch and a 21 inch monitor. CPUs? Mac or PC? I have a Mac Classic II 9 inch screen. an old power pc that runs at about 80 Mhz and a G4. I have a home built 233 Mhz Pentium, a 800 Mhz Duron Sony and a 1.8 Ghz Dell. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I have a TRS 89 Color Computer (with 5 slot cartidge bay and cassette recorder). Not to mention about 5 meg of 30 pin memory, an unknown quantity of 256 K 30 pin memory and various and sundry cards and peripheral devices. I may have to start a museum to justify not hauling most of it to the curb and letting waste management handle it.
    :em41:

  6. NevadaDailySteve Comment by NevadaDailySteve

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    Make that a TRS 80. What happened to editing comments?

  7. LC JackBoot IC/A-OBR Comment by LC JackBoot IC/A-OBR

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    Tis’ the season for box fatalities and irreparable maladies. Fortunately only the motherboard on my primary machine died. My friendly local computer whiz was only too happy to slap that into the replacement refurbed Dell that he happened to have on his hands.

    Good Tip on the Dell Outlet Deej. I bought this laptop there 5 years ago for about 50% of the retail price. We’re talking a real dinosaur P3, but with an upgraded ram card, it chugs along and gets the job done.

    Boss don’t forget our little arrangement, start collecting those bit, pieces, and asundry gee-gaws, I’m holding you to the deal…

    :em95:

  8. AyUaxe Comment by AyUaxe

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    Um, I’m just a swamp-lawyer and these strange things confuse me, but having recently replaced my notebook’s hard drive, I found a $79 external drive, a WinXP pro install disk, and a free download of Acronis True Image took care of all my issues. If I’da been upgrading a desktop, it woulda been easier, since I coulda just taken the old hard-drive out and plugged it in as a slave in the new machine. If it’s the old drive that’s overheating, just put a fan (like a house fan, not a wimpy internal computer fan) right on it, until all its data copies over to the new drive, then give it to a kid to tinker with. My son found some kind of science project that I think uses harddisk platters to make a tesla coil or some other fun (i.e., dangerous) thing. Hope all goes well and may God spare you static.

  9. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Sire, is this the computer you’re talking about.

    Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

    Seems OK to me.

  10. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    Sire, is this the computer you’re talking about.

    Looks something like it, yes. And people always tell me that I cram too much into my boxes, sheesh!

    I like those MountainMods boxes, CiSSnarl. Sure they look weird, but that’s a term of endearment, as far as I’m concerned.

    The trouble with the old one was, literally, that it was getting old. As software becomes more and more demanding and old components become more and more worn, it simply gets to be impossible for the old pieces to keep up without running tired, much like the rest of us. And when your old setup is an AGP Socket A, then you’re lucky if chuckling is the only thing they do to you at your local parts and bits pusher when you ask for replacement parts ;) Oh yes, I’m sure I could’ve found somebody else’s spare parts on eBay, but they wouldn’t have been any younger than the ones I have, it would only be putting off the inevitable.

    Which is all as it should be. By rights I shouldn’t even be able to run some of the things I’ve been running on that old rig, I’ve yet to find a game it won’t run, for instance, so I dare say that I got my money’s worth out of it.

    But all good things come to an end, so I had to realize that it was time to move out of the Pleistocene and get with the program. Goodbye AGP, hello PCI-e, sayonara single-core CPU, hello dual-core etc. etc. etc. And, I’m glad to say, after the usual tearing of hair it’s now running like a champ with more ventilation in it than a Boeing wind tunnel (minus the noise).

    Dual-core AMD Athlon X2 5200 , nVidia 8600 GTS, 2 Gigs of DDR II 800 RAM and all without losing a single app from my old system. (Yes, I know some of you purists will wrinkle your noses and insist that the ONLY thing to do when upgrading is to wipe everything clean and start over. Be advised: I don’t much like spending three days getting everything back to where it was).

    Anyway, it should last me at least three months :em95:

  11. Unregistered Comment by Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant

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    Yes, I know some of you purists will wrinkle your noses and insist that the ONLY thing to do when upgrading is to wipe everything clean and start over. Be advised: I don’t much like spending three days getting everything back to where it was

    Wrinkle the nose? Nah.

    Bite nails on your behalf? That’s more like it.

    When time isn’t an issue, I re-do my main box every six months. As clean as I keep my system (hardly anything other than cookies despite not keeping my anti-spyware as updated as I should), the build still becomes exponentially sluggish after about eight months to a year. Fortunately, I have a pre-loaded, pre-tested image to work with, not to mention the machine on which said image was designed to go.

    Gonna need new monitors soon, though - already lost one of the 20 inch models I had, and these last two are on their last legs…

  12. Unregistered Comment by nerbygirl

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    For GODS SAKES, people, get a fucking MAC!!!!!!

    I have had the same computer for five years, and all I’ve had to do is add memory.

    JEEZ, you are such creative people on this site. Why not go with the computer system that is superior instead of following the fold of the masses?

    I may be shitty at USING this computer, but that’s my own lack of technical knowledge. If I can work this thing, anyone can.

    No offense DJ, but get with it!!!!

  13. LittleRott84 Comment by LittleRott84

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    Sire-
    It could be worse. It could be the POS Dell that I got from my dad’s work (P3, 128 MB RAM, and 20 GB HDD, XP Pro). It ran so slow that when I was on the internet and waiting for the page to load, I could have done my laundry and my taxes and it would still be loading (I have cable internet, btw), and my boyfriend would suggest that I push it out the window. I’ve got a Gateway laptop, and I’m planning on getting a new desktop as a backup PC and for games (I don’t have a strong enough video card for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.)

  14. Unregistered Comment by nerbygirl

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    DJ:
    By the way, signing up/speed seems to be back to normal, so I’m not sure how that was MY fault. I have the same connection that I had two days ago. In fact two months ago.

    Was it the hosting site? Dunno. Since my connection is the same, do you possibly think it could be THEIR fault?

    How shocking that would be….

  15. LittleRott84 Comment by LittleRott84

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    For GODS SAKES, people, get a fucking MAC!!!!!!

    I’d get one if they weren’t so damned expensive.

  16. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    nerbygirl sez:

    For GODS SAKES, people, get a fucking MAC!!!!!!

    Nerby, I was a dedicated Mac user up until I hired on to teach 3D animation at a local college up here. The software that was used only ran on a Windows platform so I (very reluctantly) switched to a PC. Two weeks ago, I caught one of my senior programming students running that same 3d software on a Mac notebook…..he told me that he just loaded Vista on the Mac, loaded 3DS Max on the mac and it runs like a top. I sat next to him for a while and even tried to crash the software like I know how to on a PC and it never gave me any problems.

    I’m running on a 4 year old Toshiba laptop right now, and have been shopping around for a new ‘puter. I have nothing kind to say about Vista, little kind to say about Microsoft in general, and have been taking second looks at the Mac Notebooks.

  17. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    Wrinkle the nose? Nah.

    Bite nails on your behalf? That’s more like it.

    LOL. Bite nails? That ain’t the half of it, buddy, but I’m used to it. It’s ye olde “boot from CD, do a full Windows repair and then, 40 minutes or so later, proceed to update that SP1 original to SP2 with all of the latest updates (about 150 or so downloads in total). It’s a good thing I have FiOS or I would still be busy a week from now :em95:

    THEN back to go over all of the drivers one by one, making sure that they’re running clean and updated and THEN it’s time to dive into ye olde registry and do some serious cleaning up.

    But, at the end of the day, I have a system running as good as a clean one WITH all the apps and other stuff that I need still installed. No, it wouldn’t be just as quick to reinstall the whole lot of them, trust me on that one :)

    For GODS SAKES, people, get a fucking MAC!!!!!!

    I have had the same computer for five years, and all I’ve had to do is add memory.

    JEEZ, you are such creative people on this site. Why not go with the computer system that is superior instead of following the fold of the masses?

    I may be shitty at USING this computer, but that’s my own lack of technical knowledge. If I can work this thing, anyone can.

    But that’s the whole thing, nerbygirl: We’re geeks. We love this stuff. Nobody’s happier than us when we’re under the hood, tinkering with stuff, optimizing this that and the other and ending up with a computer like nobody else’s because WE made every decision regarding every single bolt inside of it, down to the individual fans.

    Not to mention that we end up with a box that runs everything under the sun (no software compatibility issues here) about four times as fast as a Mac. At about one fifth of the price. Neener ;-)
    Seriously, though. That’s why we geeks love our DOS-boxes so much. We can do anything we like to them, we have more options when shopping for parts than we can ever test out a fifth of and we just love the tinkering.

    If I just wanted a box that worked out of the wrapper and never wanted to pull the lid off of it in order to make it run faster or cooler, I’d get a Mac too. Well, if they’d lower the prices from “obscene” to “halfway reasonable”, that is.

  18. Deathknyte Comment by Deathknyte

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    For GODS SAKES, people, get a fucking MAC!!!!!!

    No thank you. I have no wish to have something that pisses me off every time I try to use it. I will stick to my outdated but mostly reliable machine. Oh and if you think I give a damn about your opinion of me or my computer your way off base.

  19. Unregistered Comment by Draven32

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    For GODS SAKES, people, get a fucking MAC!!!!!!

    I have had the same computer for five years, and all I’ve had to do is add memory.

    And if i tried to do that I do for a living- 3d animation- on that system it would be so slow and underpowered as to be nearly useless. My year-old laptop probably has mor e memory, and is definitely at least four times faster- and it is a $700 budget model.

    he told me that he just loaded Vista on the Mac, loaded 3DS Max on the mac and it runs like a top. I sat next to him for a while and even tried to crash the software like I know how to on a PC and it never gave me any problems.

    Vista, once installed on a Mac laptop, is just a PC with an ‘odd’ BIOS. Try the bugs again. It is just slightly less prone to problems because the windows install hasn’t been running for awhile.

  20. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    nerbygirl
    have to concur. have had them since 1987. I still have my old SE (data on it) have never had problems with this 4 year old computer, as long as I repair permissions and run Disk Warrior every now and then.

    Supposedly, there isn’t much of a price difference with Dells if you compare the features. (except for DJ’s special deals, I’m sure)

    Plus the extremely rare virus thing is a real plus. I can open any e-mail or attachment, and go to any link or website, although apparently there is a Trojan Horse at certain porn sites right now.

    JayBear
    got spouse a top of the line MacBook, and he’s been so happy with it.

  21. DдrтH бдкфи Comment by DдrтH бдкфи

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    push pull set up

    Are you playing an early Emmons or Sho-Bud steel guitar?

  22. DдrтH бдкфи Comment by DдrтH бдкфи

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    Tell me I don’t get the prize for “Most Misunderstood Reference Of The Year”….

  23. SoCalOilMan, LC Comment by SoCalOilMan, LC

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    My problem is that when I upgrade to better equipment I am unable to throw out the old stuff if it still works.

    Donate it! Whenever I upgrade I given my old one away because as my brother says, “What’s a boat anchor worth?”

    I use to give them to the guys that worked for me, then when my boy got old enough to have his own, he’d get my old one and his would go to someone who could use it.

    My ‘puter is going on 7 years, no major problems, but I can see the writing on the wall. Some new games won’t run on what I’ve got, not enough memory, video card not supported, dual processor “recommended”, etc. I’m not heavily into games anymore, but I’d like the option of running them if I wanted to.

  24. LC Hardclimber54 Comment by LC Hardclimber54

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    Folks

    I am unable to throw out the old stuff

    Is still having a Sega and an Atari stored in a box somewhere count as “being unable to throw the old stuff out..?”…

    I also have a chinese abascus for the more complicated calculations, and my flint-tipped arrows still attract a lot of comments. Hum, maybe I should upgrade… bronze tips for the arrows and maybe a slide rule instead of the abascus. Decisions, decisions…

  25. Unregistered Comment by Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant

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    It could be the POS Dell that I got from my dad’s work (P3, 128 MB RAM, and 20 GB HDD, XP Pro). It ran so slow

    Yeah, and I can tell you why, too.

    You can have a dual-core Xeon with a couple terabytes of drive capacity and a kickass vid card - and if you’re running XP on only 128 megs of RAM, it’s still gonna run like a friggin’ tortoise. (Or Algore trying to catch a clue, take your pick.)

    512 megs minimum just to get it running respectably; I recommend 1 gig or more.

  26. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    512 megs minimum just to get it running respectably; I recommend 1 gig or more.

    Absolutely. I still remember ages ago (RAM was still at a premium then) when I finally gave in and spent my upgrade money to go up to 1 Gig instead of that getting that new GPU I’d been eyeing. I swear, it was the best investment I ever made. It was like getting a whole new computer. You just cannot truly appreciate the effect of eliminating that bottleneck until you’ve tried it. Or, as I like to put it: “If you have a kickass XP machine with too little RAM in it, what you have is basically a CPU and GPU sitting around being bored out of their tiny silicon skulls, waiting for the hard drive to get done shuffling data.”

    And with RAM prices being what they are today with computer store employees passing them out like candy to bemused passers-by in the parking lot, there really is no excuse any longer.

  27. LC Fiar Comment by LC Fiar

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    3 years sire? Seriously? I have a PC that I’ve owned for 9 years and it still runs fine… On Linux.

  28. LC Fiar Comment by LC Fiar

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    Hey, I can’t edit this post. My old monstrosity is 733 mhz intel 3 processor, and only 256mb ram, which is an upgrade from the 64 mb that it came with. The 30GB hard drive was superuberginormous for the time.

    I run it on Debian and have no problems with it at all.

  29. DJ Allyn,  ITW Comment by DJ Allyn, ITW

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    What happened to editing comments?

    I disabled them because everyone is six months past due in tributes.

    Seriously, I disabled them for the time being to free up resources here while I work on my sooper sekrit project.

    I may be shitty at USING this computer, but that’s my own lack of technical knowledge. If I can work this thing, anyone can.

    Ah, but you can’t do the things I can on this computer. That is Fisher Price. The market share of Mac is about six percent. Even Mac had to emulate the PC just to keep relevant, mainly because most software is written for the PC not the Mac.

    As far as ‘reliability’, they are about the same. You hear about problems with PCs more because there are more of them, not because they are worse or better. The more units, the more widespread the reported problems, that’s all.

    I have a room full of dead computers here. I have a few dead Macs in there as well. I have one Mac that is still under warranty that I really need to take back soon. (dead power supply)

    Macs are good machines, don’t get me wrong. They are good for music and graphics — and that’s just about it. As far as web machines or even business machines — forget it. They also make lousy gaming machines.