Sixteen days into the new year, and I’ve had enough evil-mojo happen for three years, all at the same time. I want to scream now, but I’ll reserve that for later.
Okay, so what happened? My awesome work computer popped a video card. No biggie, right? I went ahead and set up my backup computer, a 6 year old Dell Studio 7100. It was slower, but able to do the job. As of late last night, that trusty old machine died a most horrible electronic death. The CMOS (Crystal Mercury Oxide Semiconductor) came to a crackling end. It won’t even finish the power-on self test without spitting some smoke of the system board. Yikes!
As for my powerful one-year old AMD-9590 based computer with the corrupt video card, I recently got the replacement RMA (Return Manufacturer Authorization) in the mail, and low and behold… the replacement video card is also bad. (It’s an AMD R290x Video Card, when they were new to the market.) The bracket came out of the box bent, with a mounting post for the primary video connector eerily missing. I just got the email from the company about this massive complaint I sent, and they want me to take pictures and email them while getting another RMA set up to replace the replacement video card.
It’s going to be weeks before I see another chance at getting my work computer up and running. If I had the money, I’d merely run out and buy another video card, right? Well, the one I’m going through RMA hell over retailed at a touch more than $400 (after shipping and taxes) all by itself, I don’t have that kind of dough on standby for situations like this. Saving that up takes time, as I’m sure it does for all of us.
Where then, does this leave me today? Can Daniel still write, or will this spell the beginning of the end? Good news, I have a laptop. I’m using it right now to make this blog post. I can still write, answer emails and view web pages… and bad news, that’s about it.
This Dell Inspiron laptop is only designed to do one major role. To run accounting software and appointment tracking, and that is it. There are no advanced capabilities for graphics. While that won’t slow down my writing, it will bring a halt to any graphic designing, any book cover development, and it will completely stop any digital assets I’ve been hoping to use.
Once my expensive video card is replaced and the AMD-9590 powerhouse is back up and running, I’ll feel much better. I’ll be productive again. I can write my novel while compiling a couple million digital pixels in the background. When I need to relax, I can run a favored game. As for now, all I have are my backup files and this laptop that Fred Flintstone would say is too slow.
Here is a preview cover of something I have on the shelf. It was completed before my AMD-9590 popped its video card, which is something this laptop cannot design or ever hope to compile.
The only thing I needed to fix was the font work for the Title and Author Name areas to something a bit more solid, and this is one of the novels I have planned right after Power Surge is released. That foot, spider, chair and background flooring is 100% CGI. As you can tell, the realism I’m aiming for is pretty high. This took 18 hours of rendering time with Reality 2.5 with the main assets built and posed in DAZ Studio 4.8
Alas, with my current setup, that’s not possible anymore. Now I can scream. Believe me, I’ll feel much better once my work computer is back up and running. Thanks for listening to my complaints today, I needed to unload somewhere.