Posted in IRL, Technology

When the Night’s on Fire

Yes, that’s a photo of the inside of my PC. 🙂

Anyhow, I enthusiastically took a 3 day weekend for the launch of Sims 4 Seasons, and just to have a little time off. I’d planned on coming back to this week with lots of Sim stories to share. That’s almost what happened until yesterday.

On Sunday, I was trying to slide in a little quick Ninja leveling in FFXIV. While running a Leveling dungeon with Syn, I noticed that I was having crippling lag spikes. Anyone who plays Ninja knows that lag is that job’s worst enemy.

At first, I just thought it was the game or connection. But this wasn’t the normal kind of lag spike. It felt like when you’d left a Steam game to download in the background, or something else running that was working your PC heavily. It was this kind of stuttering lag that I felt was coming from me and not my connection.

When we finished the run, Syn asked, “What’s the temps on your PC?”

I hadn’t been monitoring anything like that lately (though I should), and it’s been super hot outside (and inside) due to the summer. So I installed HWMonitor, and saw that my CPU was running at 105 C!!

I was basically boiling my poor machine and it couldn’t run straight! I had no idea!

I shut it down and opened it up. I cleaned the insides out and tested that the fans were running. Everything looked okay, though the fan on the CPU really did need a cleaning.

At first, I thought that would fix it. But when I fired up FFXIV or Sims 4 and put it under load again, it was still running at 90-100C, even with the case open and a fan pointed inside.

Bummer.

After troubleshooting it a bit and getting no fix, Syn sent me the link to a good replacement fan on Amazon. It wasn’t too expensive, and is supposed to be better than my existing fan, so I’m waiting for that to come in tomorrow. Hoping that will fix the issue.

In the meantime, no gaming on my PC. 😦

Thankfully, I have a gaming laptop.

Though it’s nowhere near as gutsy as my PC, it can still run basic Sims and FFXIV. Just no major raids or anything too taxing. I hooked it up to my monitor, mouse and gaming keyboard, and aside from the difference in system speeds, it does more or less what I need it to in the interim.

The sad thing is that Sims is PC dependent, so the family I was building up for the previous two days are off on the main PC. All my saves, custom content and stuff are also over there. I’ve been keeping my Sims install on my laptop completely CC and mod free, so moving it all over is not much of an option.

Thankfully, the new fan has already shipped and should be here tomorrow. Hopefully that fixes the situation.

UPDATE: Replacing the fan fixed it! Woot! 

Aside: I have no idea why I decided to title this post after an old Mike Oldfield song. I was trying to think up a title, and When the Night’s on Fire popped in my head. It has nothing to do with overheating PCs (When the PC’s on Fire?), so go figure.

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Posted in Gaming, Technology

Gaming Video Card Upgrade!

I haven’t talked a lot about the gifts I got for Christmas this year, but between everyone in the Posse, I got seriously spoiled. I noted that my sister snagged me a NES Classic, but what I didn’t expect was Syn’s big gift to me: A Nitro R9 Fury Radeon Graphics Card.

Syn has this habit of upgrading her many machines and passing down the old parts to friends, such as myself. Apparently, she picked up a Zotac GTX 1080 and her previous card (the Fury) was still relatively new. So, I got a nice upgrade!

It was much needed. If it tells you anything about my previous card (GTX 550 Ti), I picked it up back when Secret World launched (July 2012) because it was the minimum suggested card to run the game well. The card I had before that could run it, but with difficulty. So I’ve been really behind the curve on my graphics cards for a long time. In fact, even No Man’s Sky started yelling at me at launch that my card wasn’t up to snuff!

I got the new card installed today (it’s HUGE compared to my old one), and will be testing it out this weekend!

Posted in Random, Technology

Dreams of Future Technology and White Mice

mouseI think it was Ysharros’ posts about caring for baby mice that must have subconsciously leaked into my dreams. There’s no other explanation for dreaming about mice that I know of.

You can think me odd, but I’m a huge lover of rodent pets – I’ve owned fancy mice and rats as pets since childhood, though I don’t have any right now. Rats are some of the best little pets I’ve ever had (no disrespect to my current cat, who is awesome), and I guess sometimes I really miss owning them.

So I had an odd and super-realistic dream last night that I decided to write about. I dreamed that someone developed a super futuristic tablet. But instead of having something like Siri or Google built into it as an assistant, it used free-moving, hyper-realistic holograms that you could command by voice.

There were different styles of holograms, if I remember, and they came with a docking station that was designed as a little house. Like, there was a tiny dragon hologram, and it had a little dragon cave.

Well, there was a white mouse hologram, and I fell in love with it. In my dream, this little thing actually scampered into my hand and up on my shoulder (like pet rats will). And I marveled because in my dream, I could actually feel the little feet and the slight weight of the creature. It moved and acted just like a living mouse. When I touched it, it was like touching fur. Everything about it was like the real thing, except I knew it was a technology-created illusion.

I wanted one so badly, and the dream actually was leading me to go and buy this tablet, just to have this illusionary pet. Yeah, I’m weird.

I thought in a dream, you’re not supposed to feel the sensation of touch, though? It was odd, because I could totally feel it.

Having a tiny dragon hologram at your beck and call would be awesome, too. 😀

Posted in Technology

Windows 10 Upgrade

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Ffffppppbth. Managing it? Days? Weeks?

Whatever. wuauclt.exe/updatenow 

I already upgraded 2 days ago on my home laptop (not my main machine) and will be testing it out some this weekend. So far, I haven’t seen any issues. In fact, it looks pretty darn close to the same as 8.1 except for the start menu and having to clear clutter off my taskbar.

That laptop came with 8.1 pre-installed so I figured I wasn’t losing much by making the switch.

Still not updating my Windows 7 machine, though. :p

Posted in Technology

How Technology Influenced Generation X

If you can distinctly recall the excitement of walking into your weekly computer lab session and seeing a room full of Apple 2Es displaying the start screen of Oregon Trail, you’re a member of this nameless generation, my friend.

We were the first group of kids who grew up with household computers, but still novel enough to elicit confusion and wonder. Gen X individuals were already fully-formed teens or young adults when computers became mainstream, and Millennials can’t even remember a time before computers.

Source: How Technology Influenced Generation X | POPSUGAR Tech

Good article describing my generation’s relationship to technology (and a time when there wasn’t).

Did you come home from middle school and head straight to AOL, praying all the time that you’d hear those magic words, “You’ve Got Mail” after waiting for the painfully slow dial-up Internet to connect? If so, then yes, you are a member of the Oregon Trail Generation. And you are definitely part of this generation if you hopped in and out of sketchy chat rooms asking others their A/S/L (age/sex/location for the uninitiated).

Haha… oh yes. XD