Tuesday, February 16, 2010

$800 Worth of Brick?

Everyone may be wondering "Where is the 2nd half of the update?"

Well, ask the $800 dream machine.
Yes, that would be the new PC running windows 7 and fighting tooth and nail against productivity of any kind. It has never worked for an entire day without doing something horrible.

This last time though...CAN a PC brick itself?
Is this the largest, shinieist and most expensive doorstop? While sitting idle for about 10 minutes (between editing a video, and starting up the 2nd half update) it BSOD me. It said atikmdag.sys had done something awful, and if it's the first time seeing that BSOD, to just restart.

No amount of ctrl alt dl'ing would restart it, so had to push the power off. Now, pushing the power on...does nothing. It simply flashes slowly, sleeping, and never waking. Monitor doesn't even 'wake up' or say 'no signal'. Nothing. This PC is OUT OF THE BOX fresh! It has no fancy rams, or new video cards, or external devices besides the mouse and keyboard it came with! The only thing fancy on it is the Samsung large monitor! That's it! I know it argues with the monitor but it can't brick itself over this!

Is SonicGear in geopardy?
As long as the old pc stays working fine and turned on at all times, not really. It just can't be updated. But how long will that last? At this rate, it had damn well better be "forever" because I looked up atikmdag.sys and it looks like something that there's no fix for, it's just going to keep happening. (well providing the damn thing can ever be turned on again!) It's only supposed to happen to people who play gfx intensive games, or have installed odd RAM amounts or are using souped up vid cards. I'm doing none of the above with this out of the box pc!

So, if you have items...hang onto them. It could be a while.


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