Tuesday, February 22

Goodbye sweet PC...

I'm err, now accepting donations to the "build Ben a new computer" fund. I'm really not sure what happened, but when I turned it on today at lunch the sound it made was horrible. I don't know if this was the problem or what, but two of the fans on the computer (CPU and BIOS fans) stopped working and I think it might have overheated the system. I have another theroy as well, but I can't back it up t all: When I touched the back of the computer my fingers went numb, a lot like when you might touch something that hadn't been properly grounded. However I can't tell if this was because I was gripping the box too tightly and it cut off circulation to my fingers. (For a few seconds?) This would explain two things: 1. Before I turned off the box this morning I looked at voltages and the -5v was actually running at -4.3v it's possible some of the return current was bleeding off into the box itself. Also the noise I heard when I turned the box on this afternoon was like weird feedback through a speaker. (Also slightly like a HD crashing, but louder.) I wonder if it could have been electricity flowing through the PC speaker causing those sounds. Either way (sorry for the tech-talk) I am now down to just my laptop.

It's been a bad day for technology.

~B.

6 comments:

  1. I suppose it could have been a heat issue but that doesn't usually cause a horrible noise. Seems likely that your power supply went haywire and killed the rest of your computer. Although I can't imagine why it would short out to the case.

    I realize that ti's four years old, but if you want you can have my Geforce 2 Ultra 64MB AGP video card. I have lots of other parts to, although they would only build you a computer that was top of the line four years ago.

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  2. Thanks Ian, It's probably not worth shipping them out here to fix it. I don't know for sure how much got fried either. It might be the whole system (PLEASE no) or it might just be the CPU and Motherboard.

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  3. We will be coming out to Washington on March 4th, so if there are any parts you want from Ian it's not even really a matter of shipping them.

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  4. March 4th!! What are you doing out here then?

    ~B.

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  5. You must be here on spring break! Cool. This time I expect to see you guys, unlike when you were home for Christmas...

    Are you only here for a week, or do you get a longer reprieve? I'll be at a JH retreat that first weekend you're here, but hopefully we can find a time to get together sometime during that week!

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  6. We'll be home for like 9 days. We fly out on the 13th but it's a really early flight.

    While home we hope to do all those at-home things we love: picking our noses, scratching our armpits, harrassing our sibilings, whining at parents, kicking the dogs, and hanging out with all you guys.

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