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Hate hate computers till your Daddy takes the T-Bird away... [Aug. 16th, 2005|07:20 pm]
Chaz Meyers
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Okay, this is getting stupid. My DVD burner is dead! This is my second or third optical drive which has expired within the past 12 months. Plextor asked me to mail it out to them, so hopefully that means they'll replace it with no charge. This means I probably will have to wait at least two months before I have a working optical drive again. However, this is better than the reaction I received from Sony when my other DVDRW drive broke in February- "Call back when you find the receipt."

Poll #553365 Suggestions

Should I....

Start saving up for a Mac? PC hardware is always screwing up on you. Perhaps Apple hardware will just work.
3(27.3%)
Move the computer into the cool basement? The DVDRW smelled like burning when I removed it. Note that this option doesn't exist. It would take 30 man-years to clear out the basement sufficiently for a human habitation.
1(9.1%)
Make my room cooler so the computer doesn't fry. Please note that this option doesn't exist either. If I set up an AC or something of similar wattage in here, it would definitely be a fire hazard.
0(0.0%)
Give up on technology? This would involve moving deep into a forest, bringing only a shotgun and ax with me. Tresspassers will be shot or axed.
5(45.5%)
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[User Picture]From: duckssaymip
2005-08-16 11:23 pm (UTC)
Gotta go with the Steve Carlton approach. Sorry buddy... Just remember that I would be a friend and not a tresspasser :)
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[User Picture]From: runnernda
2005-08-16 11:43 pm (UTC)
*shrug* I like the basement idea. I'm not voting for Macs, since I've never used them and know very little about them. I'm not going to make an uninformed decision. But you really only gave us one choice, which was the Mac one. Two of the options don't exist, and you'd boil yourself in a steaming hot kettle of Beezlenut oil before you'd give up on technology.
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2005-08-16 11:51 pm (UTC)
I would love the basement idea if it was practical.

Actually, I gave 0 *real* options, since it'll be quite a few months before I have enough saved up for a Mac.

(Although, if the problem really is "I have a PC curse on me" and I saved all the monies I had spent DVDRW in the past year, I would be close to having enough for a Mac. :-P Of course, as I mentioned in the second option, I think the real problem is heat.)
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[User Picture]From: duckssaymip
2005-08-17 12:07 am (UTC)
How is the forest option not "real"??
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2005-08-17 12:12 am (UTC)
Because I might mistake you for a badger.

Damn, I hate badgers.
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[User Picture]From: instantdharma
2005-08-17 12:14 am (UTC)
I chose the forrest idea, as well.

I think it'd be fun - but I wouldn't shoot anyone.
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2005-08-17 12:15 am (UTC)
Oh, so you're more of an axer?
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[User Picture]From: instantdharma
2005-08-17 12:19 am (UTC)
No. I'm not.

And why aren't you on the IM?
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2005-08-17 01:44 am (UTC)
I was trying the "normal windows fix to hardware problems" earlier today. Ie, restarting the computer multiple times. I forgot to start gaim back up the last time.
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[User Picture]From: duckssaymip
2005-08-17 01:02 am (UTC)
You wouldn't mistake me for a badger, squirrel-man!
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2005-08-17 01:45 am (UTC)
Respect mah authoritah!
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[User Picture]From: duckssaymip
2005-08-17 01:54 am (UTC)
????
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[User Picture]From: approachmdnight
2005-08-17 02:32 am (UTC)
I bet you'll have good luck with Plextor. They're expensive, but top-notch from everything I've heard.

Have you considered picking up a new PSU? Bad power can cause all sorts of intermittent problems. It's really odd to have so many drives fail in such a short time period.

"hate computers" is my mantra, please do not steal it. :D Give up on technology.

I don't think Mac hardware is any better than good quality PC stuff.
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2005-08-17 02:41 am (UTC)
Not all the drives failed spontaniously.. the last one broke because I knocked the open tray just enough that it wouldn't open or close anymore. :)

But looking into the PSU could be a good idea. I lived in a building for a while that had a very dirty power source. After it fried a motherboard, I made sure the box was plugged into a UPS from then on, but it is possible that something bad happened before then. Is it difficult to replace the PSU? I never saw an obvious way to remove them, but I wasn't looking for one.

Google has 47,300 hits for "hate computers", so don't claim exclusivity over the mantra quite yet. ;-)

You're probably correct about Mac hardware. Maybe I was just looking for an excuse to buy an overpriced computer. ;)
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[User Picture]From: approachmdnight
2005-08-17 02:45 am (UTC)
Is your case a regular ATX one? There should be 4 screws around the power supply and fan area. Remove them and it usually slides right out.

Maybe I was just looking for an excuse to buy an overpriced computer. ;)

Hey! I resemble that remark! :D I'm very happy with my mini, but it's pricey considering its mediocre performance.
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[User Picture]From: paininbutt
2005-08-17 06:37 pm (UTC)

axe and shotgun here we come!?

dear take it from me no matter how much you spend on a mac it will be just as bad as the pc if not worse....however all the hardware is cheaper...but theres only one store that sells really good mac stuff and thats way out by KOP...so im going with the forest...sorry =(
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From: singinbribbitt
2005-08-17 09:59 pm (UTC)
Not true about the macs.

Macs freaking rule.


I heart my computer.
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[User Picture]From: duckssaymip
2005-08-18 12:43 am (UTC)
My sis has a mac, and honestly, it's no better than a PC. The compatability issues are driving her nuts. For instance, b/c she has a mac, she's having all sorts of troubles hooking into wireless networks based on PCs. I don't know if these are typical problems or not, but she's quite frustrated. Honestly, I'd still do the forest option if I were you.
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[User Picture]From: artap99
2005-09-06 06:17 am (UTC)
I'm kind of late to comment...but the issues that people have with computers related to compatibility and software is usually because they are technically inept. If it's hardware, it could be number of things dealing in and with the computer. Some say Macs are better due to their quality control (Which mainly stems from the fact that they are designed to run OSX and built around OSX). A lot of PC companies do this, as well...since 95% of all users have Windows, anyway. And probably 99% of all PC owners have Windows. A nice PC is the same as a Mac. Price wise and performance wise. It's just what suits you best...I use both. I've had Macs break on me, I've had PCs break on me. I don't prefer either, because I know both.
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