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On Computers

Posted by tigerhawkvok on May 22, 2009 20:41 in computers

First, Liz's replacement:

An Eee PC 701, which I've had about a month now, running linux. Itty bitty, but nice an mobile, with a good battery life, It supplements Athena nicely. I've named it Nike, after the Greek goddess of victory.

Now, regarding my previous post on Windows 7, there were a number of issues with my graphics, but I had assumed it was a bad VRAM sector. Turns out, upon opening up the computer, my Koolance GPU cooling block was leaking.

Of course, it was out of warranty (an I hereby remove blame from ASUS and ATi for the failure). For now Athena is running open, with the block leaking into a bowl. I suspect large liquid pooling was avoided by the orientation of the cooler and the heat of the GPU. The new ATi 4850 (512 MiB, Sapphire) runs beautifully, and my current system specs give this ratnig:

< !-- System Rating -->

There is a weir problem with my system reporting 8 gigs but only addressing 6 — I might have to switch up the slots for the most recently added bit of RAM. So, this weekend I'm going to try to drain my system an replace my GPU block with my second CPU block (for my as-yet unpurchased second CPU). We'll see how it goes. Hopefully no insane hardware failures!

When I get to my desktop, I will replace the huge jpgs with something a bit more reasonable.

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