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PostSubject: My tower took a major dive   Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:45 am

My computer tower is gone, at least for now. It took a dive yesterday afternoon. Who knew you could hook a mini-netbook up to cable (we just discovered that)? Very Happy

Anyhow, bear with me. I can't type on this tiny thing too well, and I've yet to set up my email.

Otherwise, I'm still here.
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PostSubject: Re: My tower took a major dive   Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:26 am

PB, is it booting at all? I'm wondering if you might be able to use System Restore. If it is a software SNAFU, reverting to an earlier restore point is a great option.

I have a thread about restore points in the computer category. It's title starts out with "Your computer working fine?"

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PostSubject: Re: My tower took a major dive   Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:25 am

Eric, it is the power source thing at the top as well as the motherboard. Something about the capicitors bubbling due to the frequent brownouts that I used to post about on the PNJ. The computer wouldn't even turn on.

We are getting a new computer tomorrow or Monday. Our computer guy is going to transfer everything from the old tower to the new computer, so we should be set to go. The price is only a little more than it would be to fix the old one, including the motherboard and power source replacement.

We needed a new system anyway, so we're OK with it.

This happened just as I was completing some major typing for work.Pages and pages. Luckily, I saved it. An hour or so later, the system went dark. At least I'll be able to retrieve all that work.

Thanks so much for your suggestions!

EDIT: For God only knows what reason, we stopped having the three to four times per day brownouts after our ancient meter was replaced with a smart meter. There should be NO connection there, but all we know is the brownouts stopped and our cost went down. Gulf Power maintains plausible deniability. Our reporting our situation to the state utilities commission may have had something to do with it, of course.
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PostSubject: Re: My tower took a major dive   Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:45 pm

Sorry your computer fried, PB. I am still using the same machine I bought in 2008, though I have done upgrading along the way. My next major upgrade will be a widescreen LED monitor on a VESA mount. I haven't done that yet. I also need a new battery in my UPS. I have the battery, but haven't gotten around to changing this out.

I am also still using my 2003 copy of Windows XP, 32 bit edition.
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PostSubject: Re: My tower took a major dive   Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:05 pm

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Sorry your computer fried, PB. I am still using the same machine I bought in 2008, though I have done upgrading along the way. My next major upgrade will be a widescreen LED monitor on a VESA mount. I haven't done that yet. I also need a new battery in my UPS. I have the battery, but haven't gotten around to changing this out.

I am also still using my 2003 copy of Windows XP, 32 bit edition.

When the old Coast Photo went out of business, I bought one of their UPS machines. It was about the size of a medium suitcase and was extremely heavy. It had heavy duty terminals on the back where you could piggyback a 48-volt battery source to it, if you wanted it to supply power longer. It was a dinosaur, but it was a goodie.

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PostSubject: Re: My tower took a major dive   Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:03 pm

I'll admit to a degree of withdrawal this weekend without my tower, but we are excited about the new machine, too. We'll be picking it up Monday afternoon. It will be a cloned version of our old machine, and the OS will be Windows 7. There was no way I wanted Windows 8.

I dug up an old keyboard that plugs in to a USB port, so at least I can type for now without major typos.

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