Almost all of my hobbies are on the computer: gaming, writing (including coding), drawing / painting, shopping (of course), social media (including Pinterest, because saving stuff is so fun) and so much more. So, this month has been annoying and stressful, computer wise.
Jen and I were gaming when - kaboom - my computer shut off. Okay, this has happened before. No prob. So I turn the computer back on and as it's booting up - kaboom. Okay. Now I'm nervous. I tried one more time, with the same issue happening (without a BSoD, etc.) and decided I'd open Fluffle (that's my computer's name) up and clean her up. When you have kitties and a bunny, plus general dust, the inside of computer's can get filled with dust and fur quite quickly. Normally, Fluffle's very clean, but I figured this HAD to be the problem.
So, as I was opening up Fluffle, I asked Jen a question about the back of her computer. She goes to check and.. Her computer shuts down. Cue PANIC. There is NO WAY this can happen to both of us, but.. Sure enough. So, here we were, with two broken down computers (Fluffle and Mina) and a crappy phone each. So, using the internet is decent, when we have the internet butttt there's not much else we can do.
After cleaning everything and checking everything, with no luck, we figured that our coolers were dead. Both at the same time is ridiculous and confusing, but true.
The prob is, we didn't have $200+, which was how much a new processor and stock fan would cost (for both of us, luckily, not just one!) After much talking, my mother-in-law convinced my father-in-law to purchase them for us as a gift for the holiday. (We celebrate Ostara, but they celebrate Easter.)
Those arrive, everything's going well, until we realize that we're missing a part. Noooo. These parts weren't a LOT, but they were still extra money and sadly, Utah doesn't have many computer parts store (the one we do have wanted to charge a ridiculous amount of money - $50 for ONE, when Amazon had them for $5.)
So, again, my mother-in-law talked my father-in-law into this one last thing for the computers. The parts came.
Jen's kicked on, success! Mine did, as well.. For a minute.
Sadness and stress.
While Jen's had a little issue here and there, hers started working 100% (though could be a little better, temp wise) and mine just didn't. Mine wouldn't even start.
So now it's a delicate and frustrating balance. After checking Fluffle over and over again, we realized that her CPU fan isn't working as well as the hers (and yes, it's better to upgrade ASAP, BUT, the stock fan should still work) and even more concerning, my motherboard is blazing.
So, now I need a new cooling system and a new motherboard. It'd be nice if Jen could get them as well, but right now, I need them so I can actually.. Do stuff again, without worrying that Fluffle will shut down before I can save something, etc.
I've been monitoring the temp charts..
Jen's TMPIN0, TMPIN1 and TMPIN2 are in the 30s, while mine are in the 70s - 80s, minus TMPIN2. Those are from the motherboard. The AMD FX-8320 is - again - in the 70s to 80s. This is extreme, and again, Jen's is SO much cooler. How Fluffle hasn't completely and literally went kaboom, I don't know, but I thank her SO MUCH for hanging on. I just gotta fix her up, and give her some TLC.
I've had her stay on for 5min or 2hrs. There's no telling when she'll shut down, even while monitoring the temp charts. So, I do as much gaming as I can that doesn't involve saving and outside of blogging (hiiii), that's about all. Though, gaming is my favorite hobby, so that's not a bad thing.
That's where I've been! My phone CAN handle Twitter, it's just annoying and not as easy to use as doing so on the computer. So, I'm active on Twitter, either way.
I did make an Amazon wishlist here and have a PayPal donate thingy here. I wouldn't include them, except for the fact that I did on Twitter and that it's worth spreading the word!
Hopefully, everything will be fixed soon. Say hi, tell me how you're doing and let's connect!