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.)
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.
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!
This week’s Friday Five is a set of questions about how you deal with weather in RP. Or don’t deal with it, depending.
1. Does your character prefer warm or cold weather?
2. What’s their favorite way to stay cool?
3. What’s their favorite way to stay warm?
4. Has your character ever gone on vacation? If so, where?
5. How do you (the writer) deal with weather in RP? Do you ignore it, work with it, build it in specifically?
Aely is a cold weather woman – she loves the cold most of the time, largely because she’s usually wearing heavy armor with padding underneath. She’s been known to upend buckets of water over her head in the summer, especially in places where nobody in their right mind would be wearing plate. Keeping warm? That’s easy, whiskey. Or possibly whiskey and sit by a fireplace, but definitely whiskey. If it’s a pleasure trip, Aely does have a fondness for warm and tropical places where she can wear light sundresses, but she always wears a big hat to help prevent freckles.
As a writer, I like using weather – sometimes a bit too much I think. Weather gives your characters something to really react to in your setting, so I tend to build it into most of my stories intentionally. It’s also ripe with really good descriptions, and I’m a sucker for good descriptions.
So I finally got around to doing that whole battle pet thing.
Unfortunately, I can’t seem to stop.
Aely’s stalled out in Kun-Lai Summit, just shy of level 89, and I’m running around like a madwoman, collecting as many unusual pets as Angoleth can find. This is slightly out of character, for although I have lots of alts, I’m not usually a completionist, and I’ve never been rabid about pets before.
Until now, apparently. I’ve got about 20 rare pets, most of the rest are uncommons, and I’m stalking all the zone-unique ones as I level up pets. Of course, I can’t decide WHICH pets I want to be part of my actual pet leveling team, so I have a good 10 that are between level 5 and 11. My current “team” is:
- Dusk Spiderling (rare – wild pet, Duskwood, beast)
- Clockwork Gnome (rare – archaeology, mechanical)
- Nether Ray Fry (rare – reputation pet, flying)
With alternate spots going to a Forest Spiderling (I toyed with a 3 spider team for awhile), a Nightsaber cub, a Rabid Nut Varmint 5000 (uncommon, can’t get a rare), a Small Frog (rare), my Firefly (rare drop, but gets his ass kicked a lot), and my Sprite Darter Hatchling (also classed as rare).
As unusual pets go, so far I’ve found:
- Baby Ape (rare)
- Cheetah Cub (uncommon)
- Giraffe Calf (common)
I was so thrilled to find any baby giraffes at all that I don’t care that it’s only a common. Next patch I’ll level it up to rare, maybe, or I won’t, because really all I’m going to do with it is let it follow me around and be adorable. Which it is. SO CUTE. I didn’t have any luck stalking an Irradiated Roach or the Tiny Bog Beast though. And once it’s the weekend I can get a Stone Armadillo too (they are nocturnal, you know).
I highly recommend the addon Pet Battle Quality Glow if you’re interested in the quality of the pets you catch. While it won’t tell you the pet quality until you start a fight (the pet quality isn’t determined until the fight starts, I don’t think), once you get into a battle, the pet icon and name will show up grey, white, green, or blue. It’s really useful, if only so you know when to defeat the first pet in a fight because the second is a rare spotted cockroach. Or whatever. Obviously this matters a lot less for pets you’re collecting just for show, but I’m still trying to get mostly greens and blues. It’s a bit of an obsession.
Unfortunately I am stalled out at thinking up NAMES for all of these adorable pets. I have Widget the Robot Bunny, Gizmo the Firefly, Pixel the Nightsaber Cub, and Percy the Clockwork Gnome. That’s it. The rest just are called whatever their pet type is. Obviously, I need to spend my downtime at work coming up with fitting names for the menagerie, especially the pets I’m tending to battle with.
I’ll be eagerly following Ratshag’s new blog, Press 5 to Capture, as well. While I’m not really interested in PVP pet battles, just finding all the pets and leveling up to beat the trainers (and catch more pets), I still want to learn about ALL THE PETS.
Eventually I imagine I’ll get back to leveling. I still have plans for getting Angoleth to 90 and ready to be a raid sub. Plus there’s the Cloud Serpents and farming (Terrible Turnip GO!) and tons of other things to do. I’m really feeling like I don’t have time to see all the things in game that I want to see – which is a huge improvement, if a little bit frustrating. Still, hopefully this will keep me from burning out any time soon.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go stalk a Tiny Bog Beast for a bit.
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