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Well This is Unfortunate

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A few days ago my workhorse PC power supply started dying a slow death. I could run it for a while but when it starts to do some really taxing things, the fan kicks into high gear and then the computer shuts off. This is one of the reasons why Street Fighter was late.

Anyway, I was able to squeeze the last bit of life out to get the episode up. I ordered a replacement and everything was looking fine so I was still on track to get this week’s episode out. Well I received the replacement and much to my disappointment, it arrived DOA. I have to send the defective one back and wait for the replacement, which won’t give me enough time.

What I’m going to try and do is do a recommendation video for this week since I can edit that on my older machine. It’s not really fast enough (or powerful enough) to edit video in my current workflow but should be more than enough to do a regular images/audio episode. Then, as long as I get a power supply that actually works, I should be back to the regular episodes once again.

Good grief!

So “All Request January” will slip a little into February. Since I like to keep you folks happy, I’ll take the 5th highest voted movie on the list and do that in February as well. Bonus goodness!

On to some site news, if you look over to the left under the paypal button, you’ll see a new drop down menu. In the further efforts to make the site easier to navigate, this should really help. Let me know what you think!

10 Responses to “Well This is Unfortunate”

  • Andrew:

    There is nothing more frustrating than computer problems, because they only crop up when you have something you want to be doing.

    Drop down menu looks good. All organized and what not.

  • Ouch, and I thought my old computer was having problems.

  • john:

    Are you sure it is not a problem with the motherboard rather than the PSU?

    I hate computer problems especially software when you don’t know why something just doesn’t work especially during the pre-broadband internet era.

    I bought an overpriced Desktop PC for what you got for the specs for Xmas although my old Pentium 4 computer was working perfectly fine. Wish now I had bought a cheaper laptop instead and just bought a console for gaming.

    • Cecil:

      No it’s definitely the PSU. Well, more specifically the fan on the old PSU. Opening up the case and you can hear right where it is coming from.

      Software I’m usually good with, I always get paranoid with hardware. (because once when I was younger I was an idiot and blew out a motherboard. I learned a costly lesson that day)

      I have…way too many computers in the house lol. Although only this one is really powerful enough to do all my editing. It is also my game machine when I have time to play. (although lately I’ve been fiddling with indie games that run on just about anything)

      • john:

        What is the processor speed of the PC you use for editing?

        I had a problem with my PC on my TV downstairs that I only used to view the internet and only cost $60 that was a refurbished PC where the fan would start at full speed and be overly load when you started the PC. It still worked if you used Speed Fan software to control the fan but I couldn’t be bothered to set it each time you turned on the PC and was thinking about getting a PC anyway that was the main contributing factor to finally buy one just to play games on it and was going to use my PC that I used upstairs downstairs until I realised:

        a) Did not release how actual load the computer was in a fairly quite room.

        b) PC was affecting the screen with imprints of the windows desktop slightly embedded on the TV screen that would have gotten worse if I continued to use it.

        So know I have 2 spare PC’s that I could have still used and a new one that I spent hundreds of pounds that I don’t really need.

        I have just recited you probably the most pointless and boring comment you have ever read. 🙂

  • In some circumstances, fluorescent lamps operated at the power supply frequency (50 or 60 Hz) can also produce flicker at the same frequency itself, which is noticeable by more people. This can happen in the last few hours of tube life when the cathode emission coating at one end has almost run out, and that cathode starts having difficulty emitting enough electrons into the gas fill, resulting in slight rectification and hence uneven light output in positive and negative going AC cycles. Power frequency flicker can also sometimes be emitted from the very ends of the tubes, if each tube electrode produces a slightly different light output pattern on each half-cycle. Flicker at power frequency is more noticeable in the peripheral vision than it is when viewed directly, as is all flicker (since the peripheral vision is faster—has a higher critical frequency—than the central vision).

  • Yes, both old and new pn’s are shown in post 121 above. I found this in google search, from Ebay: Up for auction is a brand new Pioneer AXX1064 Power Supply Module (it is also an upgrade replacement for AXY1059). This is the most common failure in Pioneer 3rd generation plasmas. Pioneer was sued and replaced them out of warranty until Dec 2007. If you are getting the power shut down and 5 LED blinks, at minimum, the power supply has blown. Pioneer sells them for $334 shipping, other places upwards of $600. Also, did mine in Apr 09 and it is still working fine now. (Knock on wood).

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