Tuesday Tidbits: 24 January 2017

I wanted to get this post up before I get busy! I’m going to be tied up for the next few hours with my computer. This is the one that I had built in August of last year, but it was crashing and malfunctioning horribly, so it had to go back to the computer guy and the shop it was built at. I kept telling him, “Hey, there’s an issue that shouldn’t be happening and is causing my game to crash at intermittent times. It’s also causing the Plays.TV, Twitch, and YouTube programs to malfunction and cause the computer to crash and freeze.” He kept telling me that I was wrong; I was just imagining things, he knows it all and there’s nothing wrong at all. We took the computer back and said to give us a refund; he didn’t want to lose money, so finally decided that he had no choice but to at least look at it and see what the problem was. After a few months (October – December), he finally acknowledged that I was right; the hard drive had some issues that were causing problems with the motherboard and the GPU, and he located them and was going to fix them. By that point, I was pretty much done with his nonsense. See, when communication breaks down, it gets hard to get things back on track, if not downright impossible. At any rate, I said that I wasn’t interested in dealing with him any longer, since he refused to listen to my concerns and even acknowledge what I was saying. I suppose he doesn’t care that he lost a customer, especially since he supposedly has some huge new clients that require all of his time. A small-timer like myself, who just wanted a nice all-in-one rig for writing, gaming, and doing videos, isn’t important enough to keep. Corporate money’s where it’s at, bay-bah!

Digressing: he installed the components that I originally asked for (FINALLY!), and my hubby went and picked it up. Before bringing it home, he took it to a local computer tech that he’s been vetting since November, and had him run some performance tests to make sure that everything was installed and functioning properly. If anything had failed, he would have made suggestions on what to replace for a fix. The performance tests went better than expected, so I got my rig back this past Saturday.

Since I have some time to myself and some peace and quiet, I’m going to hook it up in a little bit and run it through some paces! I had the AMD Radeon™ GPU taken out, and have a better NVIDIA® GeForce® than the one that I originally asked for: I was going to settle for the GTX 950 GPU, but got the GTX 1050 instead. I’ll have to see with my own eyes how it compares to, or differs from, the AMD Radeon™ – it’s been awhile since I had an NVIDIA® GPU! The new motherboard is a Gigabyte™ Ultra Durable™, which supports 6th Gen Intel® Core™ processors. I’ll find out which Intel® processor is in it when I fire it up, since I don’t have the invoice handy at the moment.

Anyway, time to get busy! I always like working on little projects like this on my own. No distractions, so I can take my time and go over the steps in my mind. Also, I won’t have the handy little AMD®™ game-capture / record thingy any longer. Hopefully NVIDIA® / GeForce® has something similar; otherwise, I’ll just have to do my Twitch broadcasts and Plays.TV recording the regular way: through the control dashboards of those respective sites. Something new to learn, all over again! I shall return…

A Tale of Computer Techs

So, here’s the continuing saga of my computer issues and attempting to deal with techs who can’t (or won’t) fix what’s going on. If your eyes bleed at the sight of profanity, you might want to stop reading right now!

Recapping what has happened so far:

I had a “Franken-puter” rig, probably 6 years old, that finally gave up the ghost back in August. Before that it was showing signs of imminent failure, much like a vehicle that has too many miles under its wheels. I got my data retrieved, including many travel photos, in-game screen-shots, and tons of documents which include drafts of short stories and my in-progress, nearly completed, autobiography. I requested another all-in-one rig which could do everything that my old one did, as I enjoy gaming and wanted to continue recording gaming sessions, as well as scheduling live-streams of my game-play on evenings and some weekends. Unfortunately, the new rig has some issue, either with the CPU, the GPU, or a combination of both. The lame excuse given to me was: “Oh, it must be an issue with the Plays.TV program…some people have had problems using it, so we’ll do some research.” The only thing their so-called research came up with were issues that some people had – back in February of 2015. The issues with in-game recording, for me, started right after I brought the new rig home – in August of this year, just three months ago – so Plays.TV isn’t the issue. So, the next excuse was, “Oh, just download Open Broadcasting Software (OBS) – that should work.” I said, “Wait a second…you can’t tell me why that program isn’t working, so you want to download something else that isn’t going to function properly? Something that will just cause MORE issues?!?” Their response: “Well, it’s always good to have options…” I said, “The only option I will be happy with is you solving the problem, not compounding it!” My comment appeared to go in one ear and out the other, no matter how many times I reiterated my desire for them to fix the internal issue of the computer.

Also, I noted that the components that I’d specifically requested to be installed hadn’t been used, supposedly due to the cost of the two components. The components that I desired, specifically, were the Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6500 3.2 GHz processor, and the NVidia GeForce GTX 950 graphics card (2GB, GDDR5, 3.0). I was originally going to settle for a GTX 750, but the 950 is superior, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. At any rate, according to the computer techs, both components cost $1k – and that figure is complete and utter bullshit! Cost of the CPU I listed? $205. Cost of the GPU? $190. Where in the ever-living FUCK does the price of $1K come in? My math might not be perfect, since I barely passed basic Algebra back in high school, but seriously…I know for a fact that 205 + 190 doesn’t even come CLOSE to 1,000! Hell, it doesn’t even come close to HALF of 1,000, which is 500 – so where the hell do they come up with such an exorbitant figure? Even some of the better gaming rigs out there can be bought for as low as $850, with the exact same components I listed, so…? I’m not sure what type of scam they’re running at that shop, but I’m definitely not pleased. Then again, there are a lot of business owners and operators out there, who convince themselves that their customers are blithering idiots or complete morons who know nothing. So charming to discover that these jackasses think that way about me! It isn’t the first time that it’s happened in my life, and probably won’t be the last – so don’t be surprised when I say that I prefer to buy things online, LOL!

So, as we speak, the hubster has gone to “the ‘Couv” to see if he can speak to them and get some resolution for this issue, because I’m done. I hate speaking to people who refuse to listen, and mindlessly repeat themselves whilst offering nothing. It’s annoying as hell, I can tell you that! We’ll see if anything is done today, or if I just have to purchase my rig online and get a separate, external hard-drive for my documents and other stuff. Stay tuned for the next part (or end of) this vile, foul saga!

In the meantime – music!

Friday Funtime: Geeking Out! * UPDATED *

All righty, here it is – the review of my shiny new computer, after having it for nearly a week…it rocks! It kicks complete ass! It’s a fantastic dynamo of a machine, and I’m more than pleased with its performance – you could say that I’m elated, LOL!

First off: the look of the ‘tower’ that contains the componets. It is shorter and wider than standard towers, which adds more room for air circulation – needed when you’re running an AMD A87-600 Kaveri Quad-Core Radeon R7 GPU! Those things run HOT. The intake fan on the front of the tower is much larger, and the vents on the top and rear help keep the system much cooler for a longer period of time. Clear panels on both sides let me look in and drool over all of the components, especially since there’s still room to expand the memory from the current 16GB, and the 1TB hard drive will handle ALL of my games, videos, photographs, and anything else!

My take on the look, all-around? It makes me think of a Dodge Charger or Challenger, as it is black with a red racing-stripe. It looks as if it’s saying: “Let’s go kick some ass in PvP!” Think of the nose of a Peterbilt or Kenworth semi-truck, and that is probably a more accurate description – but I like it! I need a little Mack bulldog or some Dodge Ram horns to stick on the top, LOL!

Secondly: the performance. Speed? Hell, yes. It powers up quickly and is whisper-quiet – with 7200 rpms, you can’t go wrong! It’s powered by a Smart Series 600W 80 Plus Bronze – nice to see the lights not flickering when I power it on, LOL!

No more crashes when I log on to my blog, or view other blog sites. No more crashes when I’m trying to save an image to PhotoBucket, or uploading a gaming video to YouTube. My Plays.TV live-stream just MIGHT work, this time! I’ll test that out on and off this weekend; I just have to dig out the notes I’d taken during my previous tests to remind myself of how to get the online broadcast running.

Finally: the monitor. 27-inch, curved Samsung…I can’t get over the clarity of everything that I view! Blogging is much more pleasant; I don’t feel as if I have to squint to see the screen. There is no glare from the window next to me, even though the sun is shining brightly. Gaming-wise, I can’t say enough – I’d bore everyone to tears with how much easier it is to see enemy players or hostile monsters, and the in-game graphics look 25x better than they used to! I will post some screen-shots soon; also, I can’t wait to see if the recording quality of my gaming videos are better from here on out – I won’t have to limit myself to recording them at medium quality, which was only 750p. I’ll be able to do the full, high-quality / high-def 1080p, I’d wager! Stay tuned…

*** UPDATE: Saturday, 13 August 2016 ***

With the automatic Windows 10 upgrade, I have been learning quite a bit. Namely, my Logitech (C) C310 vidcam no longer works! It is NOT supported by Windows 10. I never dealt with Windows 8 or 8.1; I suppose that it’s compatible with those platforms, but not Win10. No worries; I’m not going to be taking my picture anytime soon, nor do I have that many friends on Skype that I chat with – so getting a new vidcam isn’t an immediate necessity. I do know which one I’ll get when I do buy one, though…I do a lot of research on things before I buy them, and have narrowed my choice down to two – so you’ll all hear about it at some point, LOL!

AAaaaaannnnnnd…one final, teeny-tiny little thing – guess who is going to PAX West 2016 in Seattle WA (Sept. 2 – 5)?
ME ME ME ME MEEEEEEE!!!!!
I’m a bit excited, a bit apprehensive, scared shitless and elated, all at once – go figure!

XD

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