Thats not the sound of me screaming....but a huge sigh of relief and of satisfaction. After a very troubled birth Mittens, my new PC, has kicked into life. Played Mass effect 2 for the first time today and it was good.
Funny story though...i find linux easier to use than windows at the mo. Ive been using linux exclusively for the last 6-7 months and getting used to the way windows does things was strange. I initally forgot to get anti virus software until the OS reminded me...woops .
Credit where credit is due though...7 looks to be a fine OS. Kudos MS.
Heh a blog. Didnt think i would be doing this. Still maybe itll be theraputic.
About 6 months ago my PC broke in the worst possible way. I would hit the power and just the fans would come on and the HDD light would remain on constantly. Sometimes the bios image would appear..sometimes it wouldnt.
So what could i derive from this? well it was a hardware fault...thats about it. Where was the fault? Well obhiously it wasnt the graphics card since an image was sometimes being put out to the screen. so it could be a damaged PSu, faulty ram, busted motherboard or fried CPU (note: i did unplug all unnecessary things like the HDD and disc drive..but to no avail).
So i decided instead of just replacing each component one at a time and possibly spend lots of money doing so..id just upgrade all those components to something better. All my new bits arrived and i installed them. Turned on the PC and....exactly the same problem. fans spin up, HDD light stays on and the PC doesnt POST.
Which left two possibilities.
1) It was a faulty GPU and it was just coughing up blood before kicking the bucket.
2) one or more of my new components arrived DOA.
ok there is a third
3) i messed up the installation...but i double checked everything so i dont think its that.
so i got a new GPU and its installed...so i just need to test it. But i wont be able to do it for a while. However i have a sinking feeling that it wont work and ill be back at square one simply because the second possibility is the reality.
so why am i blogging this? well
1) its hugely frustrating and its nice to vent a litte of it
2) it has no place on the forum
3) impart some words that are probably common sense:
if you have a break like this and dont have the resoureces to narrow down what exactly broke...take it to somone who does. even if its a retailer...just hand over some cash and ask them to find out whats busted. itll be faster and cheaper. a break like this is a guessing game at the end of the day.
theres also some wise words from PC format which i really should have followed. if something like this happens...replace the PSU. if that doesnt work..replace the GPU. if that also doesnt work then just get a new PC with no PSU or GPU, bung in your new PSu and GPU and call it a day. far far less hassle.
The birth of mittens (what i will call my next PC whenever i have a working one again) has been a lesson to say the least.