Three hours ago I was sitting, playing Final Fantasy XIV, and cursing because the air-conditioner wasn’t keeping up with the heat, when bang!
Actually it was more of a loud pop than a bang, but it was the fact it came from my pc that scared me. That, and the slight smell of scorching. My beautiful, [relatively] new computer was dead.
I’m not nerd enough to know what happened but I do have a few clues. For starters, the fan on the pc always runs very loud when I play Final Fantasy XIV, but otherwise you can hardly hear it. The second clue is that the case of the pc always heats up when I play the game. If I’m just doing normal computer stuff it stays cold.
So putting 2 + 2 together, I thought that perhaps the video card had fried from a combination of over-work and ambient heat. It’s not the fastest, most cutting edge video card but it is a good one so replacing it won’t be cheap.
Unfortunately, in this case I fear that 2 + 2 does not equal 5. You see, when I opened up the case, and had a look, I saw that the video card is nowhere near the hot spot I could feel on the outside of the case. In that spot is the CPU and the motherboard, and together they make up the heart of the pc. Replacing them is going to be expensive, and that’s assuming that everything else is still ok.
I won’t know whether my diagnosis is correct until tomorrow, when I take the beast in to my tech guy, but it looks as if I’ll be working on my old XP machine for some time to come.
I always try to look for the bright side to things, but I’m digging to China with a plastic spoon tonight. I could say that I’m glad I’m a hoarder and didn’t throw my old pc out, but I know this incident will just make me an even worse hoarder in the future.
Oh well, I am glad I didn’t throw the old beast out, but I can’t help wondering what else is going to collapse on me. So far I’ve had to have the big heater fixed. Then it was the fire-fighting pumps, then both air-conditioners, then one of the pumps again. And now this. Enough already!
Oh, and to put the icing on the cake, I haven’t been able to see the comments to my blog for two days. 😦
Goodnight everyone, I’m going to bed. At least my Kindle is still working!