July 29th, 2003

Looi Kin-Ming

Bloody PCs!

Crap! Crap! Crap! After much painstaking assembling of my new PC bits (man, I hate fitting heat sinks to CPUs), I hit the power switch and... exactly the same thing as with the old, dead PC - nothing on the screen, no response from power switch, the only way to reset the machine was the mains switch. Getting a sudden wave of panic under control (potentially frying an Athlon XP3000+ ain't funny...), it occured to me only component currently installed common to the old machine was the video card.

Sure enough, after quickly substituting in the GeForce 4 MX420 from the PVR box, it booted up fine. Fuck fuckity fuck fuck fuck... My Chaintech GeForce 4 Ti4600 is clearly no more :-(

Argh. Time to research video cards. Guess this also means potentially the old 1GHz Athlon may not be dead after all.

Sometimes I really hate PCs...
  • Current Music
    Rain, Steam and Speed - The Men They Couldn't Hang
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Looi Kin-Ming

Spam update

This gets weirder. Callum at Tangent 21 has pointed out to me someone using the address the spam was sent to, fanni@looi.com, on alt.guitar.tab to request one for Bobby Vee's The Night Has A Thousand Eyes! WTF is this all about?!?

Message-ID: <3E646B1A.31A7@looi.com>
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2003 19:30:10 +1030
From: cosi <fanni@looi.com>
Organization: erre
X-Mailer: Mozilla 3.04Gold (Win95; U)
MIME-Version: 1.0
Newsgroups: alt.guitar.tab
Subject: REQ: Bobby Vee - The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
Lines: 2
X-Trace: 1046768436  12819

if possible.
  • Current Music
    With Arms Wide Open - Creed
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Looi Kin-Ming

The never-ending PC upgrade...

After more frantic research last night, I discovered Scan was doing a good one day offer on ATI Radeon cards so I steeled myself to order a 128Mb Radeon 9800 Pro. Then my broadband connection or router or something chose to go down just before I could confirm the order... Finally put the order through a short while ago but I've almost certainly missed getting the order processed and despatched today.

Man, this PC upgrade is so far over budget and schedule that it could almost qualify as a MOD project.
  • Current Music
    How You Remind Me - Nickelback
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Looi Kin-Ming

Graphics card on the way!

Well, what do you know, just had an email from Scan to say my order's been despatched today after all. Guess there had to be a reason I keep using them :-)
  • Current Music
    The River - Bruce Springsteen
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