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So for the past few months I’ve been sweltering in the heat of my room. It’s been unbearably warm, and at first I thought it was because my room had poor ventilation AND the hot weather. Only after I realised that my computer itself was very warm that it hit me.

The cause of the heat could be my NVIDIA graphics card. A download and launch of SpeedFan reported that my graphics card was running at 61°C consistently, which would explain the heat. No wonder I was sweating like mad! The side of my computer’s case is open for better ventilation, so the heat came out from the computer and into the room, more or less steaming me alive.

So yesterday when I came home, I took out the graphics card and proceeded to give it a gentle “scrub” with some cotton buds. The amount of dust that came out was staggering. There was still quite a bit of dust when I was done, but I would need to get a pressurised air can to deal with those.

I plugged the card back in and checked the temperature; 51°C. And it more or less stayed that way. When I woke up in the morning, I was NOT, in a long time, sweaty.

I know what I’ll be doing this weekend!

Original entry as appearing at Ink to Screen.

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Aka things to do after Nano is over:

1. Clean desktop desk, possibly throw it out
I have way too many books and stuff on it that I think I can throw out now. There’s an empty box in my room that I’ll use for any income tax receipts. Will possibly throw books as well; I’ll be twitpic and FB-ing these books. Mom has a really bad sense of pricing things; I’m planning to sell most of these books for at least RM5 before postage. :3 So no, mom, you cannot have my books to sell.

2. Bookshelf next.
Some textbooks I’ll keep. Books that I intend to read over and over I’ll keep. Mangas that I no longer read (or the Chinese ones that I opened to look at pictures) will all go. Also getting rid of whatever hardware that does not work.

3. Comp desktop
Need to basically clean the desk, clean under said desk and clean the comp. Not quite sure if I wanna close Kuro’s side as I have issues with the video card. Next time I’ll get a bigger casing, or at least one with better ventilation. *sayangs her comp* Need to remove books and other materials I don’t read anymore.

4. Change bedsheets, send dolls/teddy bears for wash
This will be done AFTER I clear out the underside of my bed. I have quite a few boxes underneath, and I seriously am considering throwing most of them and their contents out. That said, this reminds me that if I do throw out my desk, I’ll need another cupboard.

4. Clean out clothing cupboard
A lot of dresses and skirts can go cause I don’t wear them. A larger number are not worn because they are meant for colder climates. That said, I need to clear out my bags. And my jeans. Why are jeans so expensive???

5. Wallpainting
This is optional and only applies if I manage to complete all these by the 10th of December. I want to change my wall colour from bright yellow to my old soothing blue. Mom painted the wall that colour when grandma stayed with us, and I hate yellow. Also, room has no ventilation. /rant

6. Sleep.

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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So today I was bitching all over Twitter about my connection. Or the lack thereof. It got to the point that poor Timothy from P1 called me and received quite an earful from me. The things that I know about my connection is thus:

Connection dies during school holidays
It’s a pattern that’s solidified over the months, but it’s rarely been this bad. The last time it was this bad, I actually more or less screamed at them. The problem went away around 2 WEEKS later.

Apparently it’s no longer a base station issue
Turns out that it’s not just high congestion, but also high data packet loss. I forgot to ask them what causes this.

So what’s a pseudo geek to do?

Troubleshoot of course! Note this applies only to Windows operating systems only. I just uninstalled Ubuntu, so I can’t check there, sorry!

First things first, the most important thing to do whenever you face a connection problem is ALWAYS run IPCONFIG. This is done by going through the Command Prompt.

The easiest way to do is to click on Start (the Windows logo on the lower left corner of your screen) > Accessories > Command Prompt. Note that if you are on Windows Vista or Windows 7, you should right click on the Icon to “Run as Administrator” before you proceed.

Once done, you should see a black window pop up. Now, type the following code:

ipconfig

Theoretically, you should see only 4 items there:

Windows IP Configuration
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::d823:79df:2294:4620%11
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 10.1.1.1
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 10.1.1.254

If you see this PLUS something that looks like a tunneling adapter, then there *might* be a problem. Particularly if you see something like “Tunnel adapter Reusable ISATAP Interface” or something that says “Tunnel Adapter” in general. The closest entries I can find online regarding these items is that they’re used mainly to help transit BUSINESSES from IPv4 to IPv6. At this point in time, as far as I know, for the home user, there’s no reason to install this.

So if you’re not afraid, it’s time to get rid of them. You may want to do a System Restore point before we continue (google that one yourself :p).

Now, head into Device Manager. You can access this via Start > Control Panel > Device Manager. Click on View > Show Hidden Devices. Now, scroll down to Network Adapters. Double click twice to see the full list of adapters. If you see something along the lines of Microsoft ISATAP Adapter (especially if there are more than one!), and Teredo Tunnelling Pseudo Interface, then try disabling them. Restart PC and connection, and see if those works.

Otherwise, you might want to consider changing your DNS servers to OpenDNS (I know that P1 suggests Google DNS but I get a faster pingback with OpenDNS, and I was trying to ping Google!). This worked for me, but only for a short time. Right now I’m trying to disable IPv6 to see if that will solve the problem, but at this point in time I am highly doubtful.

So in other words, if after all this fails, go back to screaming at P1. x_x

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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Rambly post ahead. Edit in the morning.

Too much geekiness gives me a headache. Or else it’s the dust I cleaned out from Kuro which made me sneeze and get a headache. :P Either way, today’s trip to LowYat turned out to be completely unnecessary. Sorry for dragging you guys everywhere, Mika and Ezel!

I’ve been having overheating issues with Kuro since I started playing Settlers 7. The first few times I did so, he kept crashing on me after a few hours worth of play and I couldn’t figure out the reason why. Speedfan told me a lot of things but none of them were useful till I asked Raz. Suspected it could have been an overheating board, and I learnt to recognise the signs after a few tries.

I thought it could have been the processor which was overheating as I kept reading GPU as processor in my mind. Turns out it was my NVidia card, not my Athlon processor which was the cause (on another note, I think I know now how to reapply thermal glue on the processor). I decided to swap out the card I had with my backup (which, interestingly, supports HDMI, a fact I missed earlier) and then downloaded Afterburner from MSI.

The main reason to get Afterburner was NOT to overclock my GPU, but to adjust the fan speed instead, as I suspected it was not doing its job of cooling the card properly. Turns out I was right. By default, ALL THE TIME, my Nvidia 9500 GT card was set at 40%. -_-” Ok for running just browser and chats but completely NOT ok for gaming, especially high intensity. Switched it to 80% instead and my temperatures were much more stable. I also set the speed for Speedfan now, so will monitor through the night.

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

A plea to Kuro

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 11:21 am
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Darling Kuro,

Please don’t die on me. I’ll check and replace your hard disk jumpers tonight. You’ve served me really well, and I love all the extras you’ve put up with over the years; the flatscreen monitor, your little brother Kuro-pi, the second repartitioning to Kuro-ko that didn’t work out, and being naked most of the time.

Is it the Motherboard that’s causing you problems? I wonder if the MSI that forms the basis of your heart is the one with the probs. I should have never gotten that NVidia. Should have gone completely the less-taken route when I brought you into this world so many years ago- ATi with AMD instead of NVidia with AMD. Forgive me!

Should I switch to a new motherboard? But what would I do with your casing? I love your sound and graphics cards, the processor and I just bought a new power supply for you. Perhaps it’s really the cables from your motherboard to your harddisks. I hope it is.

Sigh… I didn’t know that my dear child would have so many problems. You’ve given me many months of faithful service, let’s turn it into many years, shall we?

Love
Your owner

PS: Windows 7 Home Premium sound good to you?

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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It takes a LOT to make me fall out of love with something. Usually this implies deliberate and pure bull-headed incompetence from a company over a long period of time. Even so, most of the time, the mistakes that make me angry with them very rarely remain so; they are fixed quickly or superseded with new features that make me forgive them (see: Sansa). However, the past three days is the first time I've fell out of love with a company BECAUSE OF THE PRODUCT IT SELLS. That's right, if you've been following my Twitter, you'd have guessed what I'm talking about.

My Internet connection is non-existent. Or rather, it claims to be Broadband, but is actually wireless dialup, and we all know just how bad dialup is. Couple that with the inconsistencies of wireless and it can only end in murder. Or suicide. Or whatever you choose.

The problem began somewhere middle of last year, but began reaching epic, trying my patience levels somewhere in November. Considering it was Nanowrimo, I was content to merely be connected most of the time. Disconnections in IRC and almost non-existent MSN connections were fine by me, because really, I didn't need the distractions. Sometimes, I couldn't get connected but a call and/or switching the modem on and off would do the trick. I figured things would get better in time.

I was wrong. I was so completely wrong, I'm ashamed to admit that I was once a P1 supporter and fangirl. Things didn't get better.

They got worse.

I started having random disconnections to certain sites. Downloads at night were impossible. Refreshing became a common theme. So was restarting my modem. Still, I was satisfied. 26 days out of 31 and I was connected satisfactorily most of the time. It was still within bearable limits.

In January, I called their hotline to complain and was told that the base station I was connected to was under maintenance. They were aware of the station's many issues and was looking to fix everything by END OF FEBRUARY. Please remember the date. It's VERY IMPORTANT.

So I was patient. I couldn't upload much to my server and had difficulties downloading and sometimes, holding a conversation, but they were aware of my problems. February came, I complained again about the connection, and for most of February, my connection was SHIT. So much that they actually gave me a waiver for the whole month.

At this point I was thinking maybe they were sincere. After all, P1's customer support was top-notch. Their Twitter team had responded to most of my queries and complaints well, and they were always to assist me. I could hold on for a few more days, even if I had to scream at their people a few times cause P1 insisted on dying right when I needed it NOT to (in the middle of serious conversations, confirming freelancing details, researching, etc, you get the drift). I also exchanged my modem as I could not hard reset it. All set, I thought I would be completely fine, ready for February's end when I would get my stable connection back. I was wrong.

February 28 came.

I thought my troubles were solved. For most of Sunday, I could surf with little problems. Timeouts were few and far. Then night came. I was talking to a few people on GTalk when my connection died without warning. No worries, I thought. Restarted the modem, refreshed the page, restarted the PC, all the usual tech support stuff.

No dice. The modem was green, but absolutely NO HTTP traffic was going through, for some strange reason. The most affected was anything with to do with the GOOGLE domain. GTalk, GMail, GDocs. Nothing was loading. NOT EVEN SEARCH. I had to do hard refreshes multiple times to get what I wanted. By this time, it was too late to call the helpline, because apparently P1 doesn't believe that anyone will surf the Internet from 11pm to 6am.

The next day I bitched on Twitter a little. It was not too bad as I could still reach my destination after a few tries, but it was most certainly frustrating. I lost my temper completely yesterday when I came home from dinner.

On March 1, 2010, I could not access ANYTHING. Gtalk was infrequent. 4 out of 5 tweets NEVER made it to my main page. Pidgin and MSN? Nothing. Couldn't access a lot of pages. Couldn't even get to GOOGLE SEARCH. Google, damnit! If there was one thing you could count upon, it was Google.

I bitched about it on my Twitter. It was painstaking, because I had to ensure my tweets went through. Most of the time, they didn't, as my client would disconnect the moment I tried to send a message. The only thing that worked was IRC, of all things!

The wonderful thing about working in tech support previously is that you understand part of the issues you'd face. Considering that I kept getting white pages, I suspect it was the P1's routing table that was giving them problems. They had done the same thing to me last year when I couldn't open Dragonica and a few pages, but apparently they decided to go a step further. They decided to ban Google.

Now, I've uninstalled and reinstalled my Anti-Viruses. I have NO firewalls running. I even did a hard reinstall of Firefox, removing all the profiles, add-ons etc just to ensure that it was not a problem on my end. From what I can see, I can access everything that I couldn't access with DiGi, rather than with P1. I mean, if I can access all these pages with no problems on the same computer but a different connection, that implies that the fault lies on the ISP side.

Today, the tech support guy called. For the first time in years, I did not laugh when talking to him. I am angry. Angry at the broken promises. At the COMPLETE INCOMPETENCE THAT IS THE P1 ENGINEERING TEAM AND THEIR $&^@&@#!&# MICHAEL LAI. You see, Timothy told me to try a completely different base station, as they were having issues with the base station that I am usually connected to.

Here's the fun part: Moving my modem to a different part of the house was completely useless. Plugging it in and getting to the modem page, I realise a beautiful, wonderful thing. One that made me want to weep yet skin humans with a rusty knife, all to alleviate the pain in my soul.

I was still connected to the old base station even when I faced the new one, and I couldn't even get into Google Buzz, which I can on my DiGi 3G connection. So, to the P1 team:

The Internet is literally my lifeline, you fucktards. Unlike you, I don't spend all my time merely socialising and watching YouTube. I actually write, do research, and make full use of the Internet, like how it's supposed to. And it happens that my weapon of choice is Google.

SO WHEN YOU NINCOMPOOPS BAN GOOGLE AND THEN INSIST THAT IT'S THE BASESTATION'S FAULT, TELL ME WHY I CAN'T ACCESS GOOGLE EVEN THOUGH I MOVED MY MODEM ELSEWHERE AND I'M USING A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT COMPUTER! WHY CAN I NOT ACCESS THAT WHICH I NEED TO WORK AND LIVE?

I DON'T WANT YOUR MONEY. I DON'T WANT YOUR APOLOGIES. I WANT A WORKING CONNECTION THAT WAS PROMISED TO ME. FUCKING HELL WHY DO I HAVE TO USE A SECOND BROADBAND ACCOUNT TO POST? POTONG? YOU POTONG YOUR BRAINS IS IT?

Fucking wankers. It's not a fault with the base station. It's yours! It's one thing if I can't access non-Google related websites (even LJ), but Google? Which has a very simple interface, redundant servers, and generally is almost always the last website to go down because they've got redundancies everywhere?

YOU FUCKING LIARS.

Someone, somehow, somewhere, screwed up my connection. From what I know, I'm not the only one afflicted with this non-Google friendly disease. YOUR IP ROUTING IS SCREWED UP, P1! JUST FIX IT ALREADY! ADMIT YOU MADE A STUPID FUCK UP. YOUR DNS SERVERS ARE SHIT AND YOUR ROUTING TABLE IS USELESS.

Just fix the bloody connection, P1. Or else I'm cancelling my contract and taking my business elsewhere, AND Taking you to Small Claims Tribunal to claim back the moneys paid to you the past 4 months.

PS: To edit and post this entry, I had to use DiGi 3G simply because your connection couldn't last at all. How awesome is that, P1?

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

New family member!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 11:05 pm
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Black Sansa Clip+ MP3 player in box, first was a girl, now is a boy named Sansa.

Meet Sansan.* He’s a boy, a few years old, and I’m learning how to sync him up with his elder brother, Kuro. It’s funny that Windows 7 in the office picked him up very quickly, but Sansan decided to be a bit silly and not want to talk to Kuro until I forced him to. Now they’re playing nicer. :D I need to get him a new pair of headsets though. His current ones are good but not of the form I like. I’m looking for a Kanen headset- it’s a China brand but made exceptionally well.

Now to load up some audio books too. :3

*Haven’t decided on the name. Still waffling between Sansan, Sansa, Morpheus and Teleute.

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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Power cables were loose the other day. Don’t know how it happened, but it did. Took out everything, put the cables back, had to restart comp twice as one cable was loose.

Comp was fine that night, but when I woke up this morning, I was greeted with the Blue Screen of Doom. Thanks to Raz walking me through the troubleshooting process, I determined that my SeaGate drive (Kuro) is acting up. AGAIN. Argh bad power surge maybe? I don’t know.

Wondering whether to take him in for warranty. Definitely have to replace, I’m seeing all the signs of imminent HDD failure. :S Should I? I just Kuro changed ONCE this year. :( SeaGates suck. And no, before you think it, I’m pretty sure it’s not a PSU failure. The decision to get SeaGate is biting me back badly now. :(

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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Just something that occurred to me while I was trying to update Reach Into Your Soul this morning. It’s usually not recommended to run Windows XP without an anti-virus for fear that undesirables can come into your computer. Turns out that that could have been a reason why I couldn’t upgrade this morning; I think my AV must have caught a false positive and blocked the upload of one of WP’s files.

Logged into Ubuntu and no such problems. Yup, I’m looking forward to the day when I don’t have to download another AV/Firewall product anymore. ._.

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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Author’s note: This is probably going to be all over the place. And as of two days into writing this, it’s over 1,000 words. Whoops!

So I decided that I couldn’t wait anymore and decided to go the dual boot way with Kuro. For those who don’t know, dual boot means you can choose which Operating System to boot into, instead of the usual Windows-only or OSX-only environment.

My weapon of choices has always been Ubuntu. I feel in love with it two years ago when Ubuntu didn’t have any problems keeping my computer running the whole night while Windows XP had a problem with overheating the components.

Still, that’s not to say that Hardy Heron and Jaunty Jackalope haven’t been without their fair share of fun troubleshooting. It’s usually solved by common sense, but common sense is a lacking commodity nowadays.

So I’ve been using Windows 7 for about 2 weeks now (I think, feels like I’ve been using this OS forever) and I decided to log back into Jaunty yesterday for sheer fun.

Things I noted immediately:

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Was thinking whether I should upgrade to Windows 7. So far the features sound good, and it seems that the developers actually took the time to listen to its users before they shipped. Yes, I’m easily mollified by companies that make an effort to listen to their customers before actually doing something.

I’ve had experience with Ubuntu and XP in recent days. Am thinking of upgrading to Windows 7 not so much for the features, but so that the 64bit machine I bought and assembled by Otousan can actually run instead of 32bit. Don’t want a Mac, and Vista is not an option. In your opinion, do you think 7’s worth the upgrade? I’ve had a lot of people tell me it is.

Opinions? And if you’re running Windows 7 yourself, lemme know what programs can run fine and what can’t (preferably without having to revert back to the Windows XP mode). I’m trying to make sure these programs ought not to have problems:

Sims 3
Dragonica
Maple Story
Baldur’s Gate
Q10
Wubi

As I’ve already sent in Kuro’s original harddrive in for a warrranty check, I’m currently waiting for it to come back. If need be, I don’t mind waiting till then to use Windows 7. Based on what you guys know about me, which would you recommend? Windows 7 Ultimate? Windows 7 Home? Premium? Bear in mind most of the time I usually download programs to get it to do what I want it to do (like relying on SumatraPDF to read PDFs instead of Adobe and using Pidgin instead of Live Messenger) so something that allows me to install programs without too much bloat would be great.

So, how la guys? Is this thing worth spending RM300++ on?

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

Temp Loan HDD

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 07:51 pm
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I am back in business~

Passed my exam, waiting for the official confirmation now (*praying I pass*). Now to finish off the rest of the DV writeups.

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

*Screams*

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 07:37 am
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This is turning out to be a very frustrating last week for me. I was hoping to finish my TESOL exam either today or tomorrow, leaving me with enough time to relax and get ready for next week when I go back to work, but apparently Kuro isn’t cooperating.

His primary harddisk, the 250GB Seagate I bought in 2008, is dead. It’s so dead, my BIOS won’t detect it. To say that I am devastated is an understatement. It’s only been a year and a half!

I’m hoping that the Seagate warranty holds. This is an item that should have at least three years’ warranty. I’m going to request that they give me a replacement harddrive NOW or at least a temp one while waiting for this one to be returned. I think they’ll tell me to buy a new one, but I refuse to spend my money anymore at these joker’s shop.

One by one the components I bought from them are failing. First it was the graphics card, and now it’s this. I’m terrified that the next one to go would be the Motherboard.

At least everything of importance is backed up on Kuro-Pi. Thanks Raz for helping me back up. Sigh.

*goes get ready to bath, unhook Kuro, and takes him out*

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

Geekery failed

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 09:55 pm
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I am an epic failure of a geek. Instead of downloading the graphical installer for Ubuntu I went and downloaded the alternate install.

Sigh.

On another note, I discovered I made a mistake when I installed Windows yesterday; I had partitioned my harddrives into two, leaving the larger one unformatted by mistake. This is a good mistake though. I forgot that I wanted to keep my media separate from my Operating Systems and had almost installed Windows together with my media. This way, I have to use Wubi again, but it also means that hopefully my media will be safe.

Now if only my connection would be better (yes I know, my fault for blowing it last night).

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