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December 2nd, 2009
11:35 pm

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Good News Bad News time!
GOOD NEWS: I finally got the replacement power supply I needed, based on this post.

BAD NEWS: ...My PC can't boot. Period. I never made it past the BIOS.

Based on yet more trial and error, I can only go as far as the BIOS Setup (F1)--IF I keep my SATA HDD disconnected! I can't even go to the boot menu (Esc) anymore!!! I had thoughts of trying the miracle of booting into CD-ROM to see if it were possible to clone a factory-restored HDD image from one USB HDD to another, and booting from it, just to see if I could reflash my BIOS to fully working order, but apparently, even that ain't possible! x.x

Oh, and the BIOS could see the SATA HDD, but it hangs.

So, apparently, I have a partially-working BIOS now, I'm GUESSING caused by the sudden heatstroke outages my PC suffered two Sundays ago. What do I do? (keeping in mind that I myself can't afford 'professional' PC repairs, as I just spent $60 on a hopefully much-needed power supply)

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November 22nd, 2009
09:12 pm

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Okay... My PC has a problem.
It's like this. While watching Funday's temporary replacement last night, my PC was working fine one minute, and the next...

Everything shut down at once. Video card, HDD's, Processor and System fans, EVERYTHING.

I did a buttload of Trial and error, and I think I found the culprit: The power supply's fan no longer spins.

I tried taking it apart and blowing the dust out of it (and believe me, there was a TON of dust in there from the 3-4 years it's been installed.)

An hour later, I put it back together. And yet a few minutes later, when I tried opening more than one program at once, nearly overheating my system; instead of stressing itself out, my system was like, "fuckit", and shut down AGAIN, like before, confirming my suspicions.

In short:

I am online to a limited degree until further notice!



So, now, I'm asking for suggestions for a replacement power supply, keeping in mind the following specs:

Bestec model ATX-400, rev. T1

Input: 100-127V/200-240V~, 10A/5A 60/50Hz
Output: 400W max
+12Va =-=-= / 17A +12Vb =-=-= / 10A
+5V =-=-= / 20A -12V =-=-= / 0.8A
+3.3V =-=-= / 15A +5VSB =-=-= 2A

Power Plug Assignments:
P1: 24-pin Master Plug
P2-P6: IDE-compatible 4-Pin (x5)
P7: 4-pin "P4" CPU Plug
P8: 4-pin Floppy Drive Compatible
P9-P10: SATA Compatible 15-pin (x2)

The preceding were the specs of my OLD power supply. I'd guess the replacement should be 500 watts or more, not to mention, support ALL the plugs I mentioned, but I also want said supply to be built by a reputable manufacturer. If you know of any replacements, please respond to this post.

Thank you for your time...

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February 11th, 2007
08:26 pm

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Hello, my name is John, and I'm a Yakoholic.
The Yak in question being Jeff stinkygoat Minter, for he created the one game I played for the Atari Jaguar, Tempest 2000. Here, in its entirety, is my first ever post on his YakYak forums.

Quoth myself on YakYak:

Hey guys, I'm new here but, boy do I have a story for you!

The story began in early 1994, when I got the issue of GamePro that happened to have a review of Tempest 2000 for the Atari Jaguar. It was one of the few games to score two 5 ratings and 2 4.5's for graphics, sound, control and fun factor, I forget which (Googling be damned; GamePro don't even have that Jag T2K review on its site anymore! x.x), which got me the urge to try the game myself. Sometime.

Fast forward to Friday, May 20th, 1994, the day of my Confirmation. Sometime after the confirmation, I decided, with the money I acquired up to that point, to actually go to Blockbuster, and rent a Jag console, with T2K, of course. I came for the techno-rave music, but I was hooked by the game itself! O.o

I actually wanted a Jag after that! The giant obstacle, however, was the $250 pricetag! The weird thing is that Blockbuster then added this $100-for-collateral policy for console rentals, which I was lucky to not be a victim of... My dad, who was with me on a window shopping trip to The Wiz, might've been quoted as saying, "ooh.... No wonder Blockbuster wanted that $100!" Ultimately, I never did get that Jaguar. :P

Fast forward to earlier this year, when I discovered this emulator, simply named Tempest 2000, based on the game it was made for (Project Tempest indeed!)... Everything was locked at a smooth 60FPS, the webs were drawn perfectly, even more so than depicted on the screenshot at the T2K entry at Wikipedia (prolly from Project Tempest), It's what a Jag emulator should be! I'm hooked! Thanks, Dio! Also, thanks go to the almighty Yak himself, for putting his trippy-hippy spin on an arcade classic! :D

Oh, and incidentally, thanks, Muttley for making me a member, despite what I went through! ;)

P.S.: Not too long ago, I happened to post a forum topic to Atari Age's Jaguar Section. I figured the emulator was that good, so why not? ;)

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BTW, Yak, I mean it when I say thanks, because I really wanted the Jag version, but I couldn't afford to get the game, much less the console at the time. x.x

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February 5th, 2007
10:12 pm

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To beerhorse
If you've not seen the 'Distractions' episode, don't click.Collapse )

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February 2nd, 2007
12:26 am

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A Curious Question...
Okay, a brainburner for those in the New York City/Long Island area, anyone who's within the service area of CW11 New York...

There was an era affectionately known as the Post-11-Alive Era. That era brought along a new V/O announcer for that era's continuity. The same announcer had the pleasure of V/O'ing the final episodes of WGN's Bozo Super Sunday Show, being that it, like WPIX, is a Tribune property. That very same announcer, though you might not know it, also did the current ad campaign of a certain Southern Florida radio station called The Eagle.

Who the hell IS he?!?


Really! I wanna know! I mean this guy at the time, was an equivalent of Ernie "The Loooove Boat" Anderson, being the "Voice of ABC" in the late-70's and throughout the 80's (maybe even the 90's) I wanna know who that voice of WPIX IS!!!

But I digress. Please forgive me for not posting in almost a year! I've lost Internet in late march, got it back in January and I make my comeback with this?, you may think. I just simply never knew til now what to post. :P

Anyway, you know the drill... ;)

EDIT: erm, nevermind... After a YouTube binge, I found the guy... Goes by the name of Doug Paul. The fact that he don't even have a Wikipedia Page fueled my curiosity, sorry! XD

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March 17th, 2006
12:24 am

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Crisis Averted...
Okay, I fiddled with the layout to get it to something resembling its former glory...  It's not perfect, but it'll do, for now... :/

I basically switched it to the classic S2 style, not being able to do much more than that...

So rcoony, if you were thinking of posting the entry before, don't, for this post tells all! ;)

Current Mood: relievedrelieved

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March 16th, 2006
01:18 am

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Do Not Adjust your Set!
Okay, for those of you that actually look at my LJ Page, don't ask me why my page suddenly changed from its former layout to this last night, because frankly, I do not know! :P

Might's well be some Glitch in the LJ Matrix or something... ;)

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January 20th, 2006
05:48 am

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AIM Mail discovered
Apparently, the folks that made AIM just started this new mail service, automatically getting me a new email address. It is:

DonnellyJohnF at AIM.com

Weirdly enough, it too, has 2 gigabytes of storage, just like my other two email addresses. That means I have a total of SIX GIGABYTES!!!

Cannnn youuu dig iiiit?</thewarriors> ;D

EDIT: I just learned upon surfing the AIM website that the new email addy is just a nice little side-effect of the all-new AIM Triton, which, at the time I'm writing this, is up to version 1.0.3.

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Current Music: dumbfounded silence

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December 17th, 2005
01:58 am

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By the way...
Happy ChristmaHanuKwanzaKah!!! XD

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December 16th, 2005
08:15 pm

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o/~ GUESS WHO GOT A NEW PC!!! o/~
It's a long story, but in a nutshell, here it is:  My aunt (who shall remain anonymous) bought me a new PC (not a monitor, or a printer, or anything else; the PC alone!) for about $1,250 before rebates ($100).  She got me this new system as a Christmas gift, provided I let go of my old system for the purpose of selling it for enough cash to offset the one-and-a-quarter grand some.

Soon after I got home, our neighbor-slash-best-friend (who also shall remain nameless) learned of the new system, and its stipulations, and immediately said "I want the old system; how much would you like for it?"  I said the most appropriate thing in mind for a 1.2GHz Athlon system with a 60-gig HD and 768 megs of ram: "$200."  "I'LL TAKE IT!!!"  Yes, she was that desparate!  In fact, she told me to call my aunt so she'll 'do business' with her.  She then decided, due to her eBay studies of similar systems (She too, needed only the system!), to raise the price to $250!  With people like her, who needs eBay? :P

Anyway, she'll be ready to transfer the cash to me on the 29th, with me transferring said cash to my aunt afterwards.  Soon my new All-In-Wonder thing might potentially be a reality! XD

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