Dr. Of Machinima

A blog By Dr. Nemesis following the progress of Binary Picture Show's work, as well as other Machinima.

Dead Computer


Well, sods fucking law came into action today and my computer died without any warning only a few days before it’s supposed to get packed up to go to Canada. It powers up, but the monitor doesn’t turn on, and it doesn’t actually boot into Windows. How do I know that? A recurring sound, like the computer is looking for something it can’t find. If it was the hard drive I would see a screen that says the primary boot device can’t be found and the computer would try and find the alternatives, like the CD drive (thank the lord, cause the hard drive is more valuable to me than all the other hardware three times over). If it was the gfx card it’d boot into windows and eventually stop making noise. I wouldn’t be able to see that, but It’d at least stop making the noise! I’m guessing either the CPU is f00ked or something on the motherboard popped it’s clogs.
There probably isn’t enough time to fix it before it gets picked up and even if there was there’d be no time left to use it so it looks like I’m gonna be hauling a dead computer halfway across the world!
This unfortunately means there’ll be no preview pics of Digital Memory before I leave (and once I’m in Canada I think it’s gonna take me a while to settle enough to continue) so I’m really pissed off! I’m so angry right now I can’t even find the fucking words!!!

Anyway, with luck, it’s definitely not the hard drive, and once I get the comp fixed I’ll be able to resume work on it. For now I’m lucky Lady Mainframe has a laptop.

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3 Comments to

“Dead Computer”

  1. On August 17th, 2008 at 6:05 am Ricky Grove Says:

    I’m so sorry to read about your computer crash. I’ve had a few, so I know what they are like. The timing is screwed for you, too. I wish I was there to help out.

    I’m afraid to say it, but it does sound like your hard drive may have died. That noise you describe sounds like failed seeking efforts by the arms in the hard-drive disk. It wouldn’t necessarily show on your monitor if it’s failed completely.

    Another possibility is your mobo, although it’s less likely. Try re-setting the CMOS (usually a switch or a jumper) and then re-boot.

    If you know a little DOS, you can create a rescue disk on a floppy, re-set the boot order to start with floppy drive, then try to access the drive that is giving you problems. If you can’t acces, then it is definitely and most sincerely dead.

    I don’t suppose you made a backup drive image?

    Good luck, Leo. Really sorry about your troubles. Hope your trip is good. Contact me by email if you want any extra help.

  2. On August 17th, 2008 at 3:00 pm KentuckyFACE Says:

    Wow Doc, that is a major roach. I think the good folks up north are gonna straighten you out anyway, I have no solution for you my friend, but offer my deepest condolences. Keep smashing it!

  3. On August 25th, 2008 at 9:06 am Dr. Nemesis Says:

    Thanks guys. Will try and get an eee 1000H in the mean time so I can blog every so often. I was able to back up the ‘Digital Memory’ related stuff before it got packed off though, so at least thats good.