Computer heart attack

David Shaw, 5:01 am 4th September 2009
Posted under: Blog Babble

Brief update. I’m kicking myself for slipping a week or so here. I got distracted by a whole bunch of small things and tasks that made it easy to lose track of time and priorities. I’m setting myself the task of focusing on prototypes next week.

My Windows computer had a heart attack. I was playing a not-that-recent 3D game on it and after a while the hard disk starting skipping beats. I suspect it’s either the hard drive or the power supply; since I haven’t been pushing it for a while there’s a range of potential issues. It booted up again the next day and was fine since, but I’m not sure how long it would last. Given it’s a 2004 era machine I don’t think it’s worth putting too much effort in fixing it; for a few hundred bucks I can buy a better computer. For now, I’ve got a offcast from my parents as a replacement; they’ve both moved to laptops and their desktop was gathering dust, and it’s roughly the same give-or-take as my Windows box (main difference: Radeon 9600 XT instead of Radeon 9700 Pro; not that dissimilar for most things really, and probably better to not have a card with a big power draw anyway). I’m considering buying a new computer as well, but honestly if the replacement works okay I’ll probably stick with it for a while. It’s not as if I have huge computing needs. As long as it plays Half-Life 2′s Orange Box, I’m happy (which I’ve yet to play, will get to soon).

In terms of development though, this isn’t that much of a setback as I primarily code on an iMac. All this means it might take me an extra day to port anything across to Windows as I’ll need to reinstall my tools, but nothing too drastic. I might also be able to dual boot Linux on the replacement computer, something the weird gremlins in my old computer wouldn’t allow.



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