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My main workstation has died - Journal of Omnifarious

Apr. 18th, 2008

10:57 am - My main workstation has died

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It died before, when I moved, and that was the power supply. It's died again now, and I suspect this time that it's something more serious like the video card or possibly one or both of the CPUs frying from overheating. The fans all turn on but the BIOS screen never comes up.

I want to replace it. The newer dual core AMD CPUs generate even less heat and are a lot faster. But replacing it with technology that mirrors the level of current I sprung for when I bought what I have now would run me about $3000, and I don't have that and won't have it anytime really soon. :-(

My monitor also needs replacing. It's a pretty nice LCD monitor from 2003, but it has problems. The main problem is that it gets muddy when things are moving or changing quickly because the pixel change lag is fairly high. The pixel change time is 25ms or so which means a maximum effective frame rate of 40 frames a second and anything faster is muddy. It's not even that great for watching DVDs. The secondary problem is that it is very slow (often a minute or more) to recognize that the video card is trying to bring it out of sleep mode. I usually get frustrated and push the signal select button to force it, but it's irritating.

Actually, scratch that, a pixel change rate of 25ms means an effective frame rate of 20 frames per second. This is because a pixel should be at the color it's supposed to be for at least half the time in order for it not to be muddy. 20 frames per second means a possible change in pixel color every 50ms leaving a pixel that takes 25ms to change to be at the new value for 25ms before changing again.

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From:sparklewench
Date:April 18th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
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I'd love to get on the waiting list for any surplus working LCD monitors! :)
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From:omnifarious
Date:April 18th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)

Priority list for cast off hardware

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This isn't strictly adhered to (in particular categories 2 and 3 may not always be in that order), but it's generally true.

  1. I need it for some other purpose
  2. Girlfriends
  3. Friend with definite immediate need (i.e. they have no working monitor) vs simply desire
  4. Friends who want it
  5. EBay

Currently there is nobody in categories 2 or 3 so you're at the top of the list unless something is different when I finally get a new monitor. :-)

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From:omnifarious
Date:April 18th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)

By the way

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Are you coming for burritos on Sunday?

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From:sparklewench
Date:April 18th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)

Re: By the way

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I have it written on my calendar but now a bunch of stuff that I thought was set for Saturday is pushing onto sunday. so I am having second thoughts. I haven't heard back from a couple people regaarding tentative plans, so I will let you know when I actually make a firm plan. I hate to pass up free food! especially when I have no money. :) Plus, that would be, like, 1/3 of our real life relationship. significant.
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From:omnifarious
Date:April 18th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)

Re: By the way - 1/3rd

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So it would be. You should definitely come then. *big grin*

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