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11/10/10 @ 05:48:23 am, Categories: Life of Baka, 670 words, 2266 views  

I can’t help it. That is like, the manliest anime opening ever. It sounds like a military anthem or a march. I’d actually never seen Yamato before, although I had Starblazers comics when I was a kid and have, in recent years, been taking in ungodly amounts of old anime.

Sadly it took the death of one of the show’s co-creators to prompt me to watch it. He was a hell of a guy, too. A real dude…though possibly a little nutty. (Just read the wikipedia article and you’ll see what I mean!)

Anyway, that’s just what’s going on in my head THIS five minutes. (You know how I am.)

What does it say about my life that the fact that I’m turning 30 (Thirty. THIR-TY. THREE-TIMES-TEN. SAN-JYUU SAI!!!!!!) in a couple months isn’t even in the top ten things I’m worrying about right now?

What IS near the top of my list, is the problems with my primary computer, (Shogoki. Yes. I did. I did that. Yes. The machines are named Zerogoki, Shogoki, and Nigoki and have color-coded ethernet cables. I shit you not.) short story? It took a massive dump. The motherboard died. (I think, I’m not even SURE anymore.)

It took me a week to send it out, but nonetheless I was able to RMA it. Thank god for 3-year warranties, yeah? It took two more weeks to get it back from ASUS, during which time I was moving through several stages of dementia since I was in the middle of making a whole bunch of cool stuff, only some of which resided off that machine. And Zerogoki is just my storage machine, and not really suited for Photoshop and stuff.

Anyway, I get the motherboard back from ASUS, and then I realize I can’t install the CPU because the box I collect all my thermal compounds and my thermal compound remover in was nowhere to be found. Just GONE. GONE!!! So I burn two more days (And $30) to replace it. It arrives, I install the CPU. Computer won’t turn on. There’s standby power, but the PSU wouldn’t turn over when I press the button.

I tried the PSU separately, shorting the green wire on the ATX connector to ground (Switching it on, like the motherboard would) and it spun up just fine. I didn’t bother testing the voltages, because when I was first diagnosing the problems to begin with, I checked all the voltages I could get to, and they were fine. (Of course, I couldn’t read current, so god only knows.)

I contact ASUS again, and they basically tell me that if the memory, CPU, or GPU were bad, the motherboard wouldn’t let the PSU apply power. Well… I DROPPED THE CPU WHILE I WAS INSTALLING IT, MAYBE THAT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT, HERP DERP. So I had a decision to make…I needed to buy a processor, I had roughly $250 I could access… I had stuff I needed that money for. Do I spend $70 to get a processor that’s barely better than what I had, or do I spend $230 to get the best AMD processor on the market right now, which I was going to upgrade to in a few months anyway. What the fuck do you think I did?

No, I’m not proud of that decision, honest. (But I’d be lying if I said the thought of dropping a hexacore in there and TURNING THINGS UP TO ELEVEN didn’t give me a grin that’d creep out the Cheshire Cat.)

So, next day, it arrives… (I love buying stuff from Newegg and having it ship from the New Jersey warehouses. Free overnight, almost guaranteed.) I install it, hook everything up… SAME THING. That brings us to right now. Today, I’m going to try the PSU from my sister’s computer (Which I’m supposed to be fixing anyway because her HDD somehow *cough*PEBKAC*cough* contracted E-AIDS and self-destructed.)

So, if you hear someone yell “ZETSUBOUSHITA!!!!” it didn’t work, and I’ll be leaving soon.

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