#681

4:31 pm, Saturday, May 6th, 2006

So I got the new power supply into my system (which required me to remount a fan on the outside of the case), and I’m still having random lock ups! Ran 10 full passes of MemTest the night before last with zero errors, so I know it’s not a memory problem. Very irritating. I don’t have any stop codes to go on or anything; the system just unrecoverably locks up at random intervals (between 1 and 6 hrs. after booting) — it’ll only respond to a hard reset. The event viewer doesn’t have any real clues, the MSKB is no help… The problem only started after the move and the only new piece of hardware I’ve added is a Linksys wireless adapter (which is using the latest drivers). In a few minutes I’m going to boot a drive diagnostics/repair CD I downloaded from Hitachi (the ISO, that is). I have a theory about a bad block in the paging file. If it doesn’t work, I’m all out of ideas. Guess I’ll make a post on AnandTech and, if that doesn’t pan out, upgrade to XP out of desperation.

In other news, I’ve been listening to Panic! At the Disco’s album a lot lately. I really like it… thinking about going to their concert in Seattle July 28th. My favorite song of theirs ATM is “The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage,” but they’re all great. The titles tend to be annoyingly overlong though… e.g.: “There’s a Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven’t Thought of It Yet.”

The local Round Table Pizza is awesome. We ordered an extra large double-cheese a couple days ago and the delivery guy showed up with it and another large double-cheese. He said they’d burned part of the first one, so they threw in a second pie for free. Pretty generous, huh? And the original pizza wasn’t even really burned — it was just somewhat overcooked on one side. Totally edible.

Brett and I went bowling at Secoma Lanes last night. Played three games. I got 77, 77, and 96. (It’s been a while since I last bowled.) But my fingers/hand didn’t hurt the next day, despite my expectations. Pretty fun, prolly do it again next week.

Can you believe the oldest person in the world is 128?

My current wallpaper:

Twenty Dollar Wallpaper
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2 Responses to “#681”

  1. Krunk:

    Have you tried removing your linksys adapter and see if it still locks up?

    Other stuff you might wanna try is getting latest drivers for your graphics card and try running with a minimal set of programs up.

    //krunk (^_^x)

  2. hjo3:

    I’ve been very reluctant to remove the adapter since without it I’d have no internet access. And without internet, I don’t use the computer much… I guess I could stretch 25′ of ugly CAT5 across the room for 24 hrs. to confirm that it’s not the adapter.

    Good call on the drivers and “skeleton crew” ideas… just did a whole driver sweep. Will close down everything non-essential before bed too.

    Thanks, Krunk :)