Written by | Posted November 19, 2013 – 4:46 pm Deconstruction

Bad things are happening in Stormwind – and beyond.

The Hand of Lothar, they call themselves.

Yva Darrows was their first target.

Tirith and Aely were their second and third.

They have since… expanded their reach and escalated their methods …

Dailies
comment 3 Written by on November 5, 2012 – 8:33 am

Aely’s still about halfway through 89 at this point, and if I’m honest, I’m in no great hurry to get to 90. Yes, I may start raiding again on weekends, and I know that means I have to gear her up, and all that jazz. But right now, so much of the end game content is … well, dailies.

I’ll likely hit 90 by the time I finish Kun-Lai Summit. Which means I have three zones (Dread Wastes, Townlong, and Vale) of quests to do at 90.  After that? It’s aaaaalll dailies.

I don’t DO dailies.

I did them in the past. I have three characters I got to exalted with the Shattered Sun, and Aely carries her Crusader title with great pride. Since then, though? I have enough repetitive boredom in my life outside of the game. I didn’t get a single character to max reputation in the Cataclysm factions. I’m not even farming regularly, and farming is fun! I’ve slowed down on pet battles now that I’m running out of low level pets to collect, and I have to grind out some levels on my battle team to get the higher up ones.

Maybe it’s because I have so little time to play during the week that I want to make the most of it. Maybe dailies just aren’t that fun, even when you get an awesome Celestial Dragon mount for it. Maybe I’ve got the attention span of a gnat on crack. Whatever the reason, I just don’t have the attention span or the desire to crank through dailies anymore.

Quests are fun. RP is fun. Pandaria is gorgeous, and I can’t even do flyover screenshots yet. But I don’t have to have done the dailies to know that, despite my best intentions (and despite how much I  really want that dragon mount) I may do them occasionally, but they will never be daily for me.

Computer Woes: Problem Identified?
comment 3 Written by on November 1, 2012 – 8:16 pm

So I think I found the problem, and it is, in fact, my motherboard. Below is a picture of one of several capacitors on my motherboard that appear to be trying to bulge out the top.

Apparently this is called capacitor plague, and it’s not all that uncommon.

This is from the inside of my motherboard (It’s hard to get a good picture of capacitors, so this is the best I can do!):

Note the capacitor in the upper right hand corner, which has puffed up to the point of distending the little X shaped vent on the top, and which is reflecting light rather differently than the other, flatter capacitors in the picture.

These capacitors are from an article on capacitor plague, found here:

The pictures are way too similar for my liking. SSH’s machine has the same motherboard as mine, but his is distinctly lacking in capacitor puffiness.

Fortunately, my computer’s version of capacitor plague did not include exploding capacitors and an electrical fire.

Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure at this point I’m going to be building a new machine. The actual testing apparatus to run current through capacitors and test them is considerably more expensive than a new motherboard, and we don’t own any soldering equipment anyway.

While I still have a laptop that is (barely) functional, I’m out of WoW for the foreseeable future. This will give me the opportunity to work on some plots and fiction, but other than that, it may get sparse around here. I’m not sure how long it will take to assemble the parts for a new rig. You’ll still find me on gTalk and twitter though, as usual.

Computer Woes: Update
comment 6 Written by on October 31, 2012 – 7:46 pm

I think I have a hardware issue. What do you think? (Also, if that’s not the worlds most unhelpful error message, I don’t know what is.)

Computer Woes
comment 9 Written by on October 31, 2012 – 10:40 am

I’m hoping someone out there who reads this can offer me some suggestions, as I’ve been having some pretty significant computer trouble for the last few weeks, and it’s progressively getting worse.

The Symptoms:

Computer periodically freezes. It does not blue-screen, nor does the hard disk stop spinning, it just goes completely unresponsive (mouse pointer frozen, no keyboard, num lock key won’t toggle, windows button doesn’t work, CTRL-ALT-DEL doesn’t work, etc.). The only way to unfreeze it is to hard restart it with the power button. Occasionally, it auto-restarts itself. Sometimes the freezing happens after several hours of doing various things, sometimes it happens just after restarting. Usually it happens when I’m trying to run multiple things at the same time (like Firefox, iTunes, and TweetDeck, or opening Firefox while WoW is running), but sometimes I’ll be typing a blog post and it will just freeze up (like just happened, thank FSM for auto-save).

This started happening with some regularity when the computer was left idle for long periods of time, like overnight. Then, after about a week of that, it’s gone to happening more and more frequently, to the point where it happened 7-10 times yesterday.

The only error in the error log is error 41, which is the “you hard restarted the computer using the power button” error. There is no recorded failure other than that windows did not shut down properly. Since there’s no BSOD, I have no other error messages to google.

What we’ve tried:

  • chkdsk and memtest both came back with no errors
  • I’ve cleaned the computer out thoroughly (it wasn’t very dirty) and checked all the fans, which are running fine.
  • I’ve unseated and reseated all the MB components
  • I’ve made sure all drivers and Windows7 are up to date (they were)
  • Restart into safe mode to run a virus scan/defrag – computer froze up about halfway through.
  • Booted the computer off of a Ubuntu CD. The computer did not crash overnight. Admittedly, all I did was boot it into Ubuntu (there’s not much you can do with it just as a CD so we didn’t really test anything stressful), and sometimes it runs for hours in Windows too. Still, this may be significant.

Possible things are a memory problem that memtest didn’t find? A bad windows driver (since it still crashes even in safe mode, but seemed fine booting off a Ubuntu CD)? I’m running out of things to check that could be causing this, but it’s REALLY ANNOYING.

I bow to your superior computer knowledge, internet. I’m running up against a total loss on what this could be. Help!

Deconstruction

November 19, 2013 – 4:46 pm

Bad things are happening in Stormwind – and beyond.

The Hand of Lothar, they call themselves.

Yva Darrows was their first target.

Tirith and Aely were their second and third.

They have since… expanded their reach and escalated their methods …

Patrol

November 13, 2013 – 9:59 am

The cathedral bells stop ringing overnight, except for chiming the hours. Three bell strikes, and Angoleth padded softly around another corner of the Cathedral District, staying carefully in the shadows. Trained ears picked up Mogget’s soft breathing – nearly inaudible …

Riders in Lordaeron – Memory

November 7, 2013 – 1:33 pm

(Written by Jolly, Tarquin, and Annalea)

The highlands of Lordaeron were not for the faint of heart; be it the putrescence of the Scourge’s long-lingering remnant, or the rock-strewn hills and valleys that made farmers out of only the most …

Riders of Lordaeron – Logistics

September 13, 2013 – 7:11 pm

(With Tarquin and Annalea)

Once more, four people made their way through the thickets and hills of Lordaeron, this time in the crisp chill of late morning, seeking after the Rider. Aelflaed had snatched what sleep she could while Chryste …

Riders of Lordaeron – Problematic

September 11, 2013 – 9:47 am

(With Tarquin)

She hadn’t wanted to leave Jolly – not so soon after finding him again – but once away, it took about five minutes for Aely to figure out she had a problem.

That problem had just announced that …

Riders of Lordaeron: Arrangements

September 9, 2013 – 10:05 am

It was an uneasy goodbye for him, but it was agreed by both he and Aely that a stroll back to Hearthglen would not be very easy to explain, nor would the explanation needed for the three Argent soldiers once …

Riders of Lordaeron

September 7, 2013 – 9:02 am

“Light sent me ye when I needed ye afore – an’ now again when I need ye. I canna ask fir more than tha’.” She sighed and slung the shield back across her shoulders. “It’s… Light. Been awhile hasna it? …

Dark Rider of Lordaeron (Part 4)

September 6, 2013 – 2:02 pm

She blinked, but did not drop either of her shields. “Aye, though I’ve been Caltrains fir th’ last near three years. Canna say I’ve any memory ay ye.”

“Yeh’ve far moar’n yeh realize,” he replied evenly, his grip tightening on …

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