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November 27, 2007

So I was wrong

Filed under: General — Tom @ 5:37 pm

. . . when I mentioned the other day that I thought it was a bad power supply that was clogging up my computer’s speed. Given that I had a little free time on my hands the past couple of days, I did a little more research before pulling the trigger on a new power supply and it’s a good thing I did. With some creative Googlin’ I found suggestions pointing more toward a bad hard drive – a much more nightmarish scenario – rather than a bad power supply. I also found suggestions to check out programs that examine your hard drive’s S.M.A.R.T. information, got one, and indeed it told me that I had a very bad drive – and the one I was most worried about, my Itunes drive, which is packed with 200gb of music. Let me restate that for emphasis: 200gb of music – that’s 689 artists, over 3000 albums, nearly 37,000 songs. Do I want to re-rip all of those again? NO. Would I rather spend $100 on a new drive and transfer all of that to a new, safer haven? You bet. And that’s just what I did: one 500gb Western Digital hard drive is on its way right now. Now this old drive just has to last through Friday when it’s delivered.



  1. Now that you’ve fixed your computer and in so doing proven yourself a computer genius, how about fixing mine?

    For the last few days, my computer will just instantly turn itself off whenever I get out of my chair. Sounds crazy, right? But I swear, it’s true. I’ve tested it about a dozen times, with other people present to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.

    When I get out of my chair, it, being on wheels, rolls slightly toward the computer. If nothing is hanging on the back of my chair, nothing usually happens. But if my coat is hanging on the back of the chair, the computer will shut off. One time, I was simply standing next to the computer as I took off my coat, and as the sleeve hit the case of the computer, it shut off.

    So I’m thinking there is some sort of static electricity problem (it’s recently gotten very cold and dry where I live), but I have no idea how to go about fixing it.

    If you, O Computer Genius, fix it for me, I will buy you a pizza. 🙂

    Comment by Uncle Midriff — November 29, 2007 @ 10:28 am | Reply

  2. I bet it’s something along those lines. I’ve had a couple of times recently where I’ve done something near the side of my case (which is open due to cooling problems) and I turn around to find that my computer is completely frozen. I have to hard boot and it’s fine. Yesterday I was trying out running a house fan next to my case and touching it must have caused static because the moment I did so, the computer froze and emitted a horrible high whine. I shut it down, moved the fan, and rebooted and it was fine (the fan idea didn’t do much, by the way.) It sounds kind of like you already know what’s causing your problem. As for fixing it . . . I guess never hang your coat on the back of the chair?

    Comment by Tom — November 29, 2007 @ 2:06 pm | Reply

  3. A coworker told me he had a similar problem, and he said putting a small rubber mat under his computer took care of the problem. I know so little about electricity that I have no idea if that would/should work. I’ll fiddle around with it over the weekend to see if I can come up with anything.

    Comment by Uncle Midriff — November 30, 2007 @ 9:59 am | Reply

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