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Thursday, June 25, 2015

June 19-20 about the computer

overclocking screen

June 19, 2015, Friday

Short story:
Hard shutdown. Overclocking error. Messed up display. Restarts by itself. Bluescreens. Then, PC fan turns on but no beep and no post. No joy.

Long story:
It was on. I just turned the monitor off and forgot about it. I pressed the power button (quick press) thinking I was turning it on which actually shut it down. I realized my mistake.

The power light on the tower was still on so I had to do a hard shutdown/shut-off (hold down the power button) so I can start again. On bootup, It showed the "boot failure because of overclocking" screen. I continued as normal.

Related: The only other time I had this "overclocking" screen was last month. I remember that the machine took longer than normal to boot. I did a hard shutdown, powered on, saw the overclocking screen which I took a picture of (see image above), continued as normal and was able to work without a glitch.

Back to the long story...

PART 1: While working, the display went crazy and then, the PC froze > hard shutdown, powered on > "...boot failures because of overclocking" screen > pressed any key to continue and then chose Shut Down from the login screen.

PART 2: After a few minutes, powered on > 3 long beeps > power light is on but no post. Hard shut-off.

PART 3: 10 minutes later, turned on, posted OK and normal login then > immediately restarted by itself > chose Safe Mode, logged in > quickly restarted by itself > chose Safe Mode > logged in, it ran OK long enough to show "recovered from unexpected shutdown" box then > blue screen (with dump), then > quickly restarted by itself > chose Shut Down from login screen. Turned off AVR and unplugged/plugged keyboard usb (wireless, just because it is the only thing new on the desktop pc, been using it for less than a month).

PART 4: 20 minutes later, powered on, posted OK, normal login > 15 minutes in and then > crazy display then, it shut off by itself. The case's power light was still on so, hard shutdown > turned off avr and unplugged/plugged keyboard usb.

PART 5: 3 hours later, posted OK > chose Start Normally, logged in OK, showed "recovered from unexpected shutdown" box (problem details - event name: bluescreen) BUT audio service not running, etc. > restarted from Start Menu to fix > fixed OK > able to use (but Firefox kept crashing) for 20 minutes, then > crazy display then > restarted by itself > chose Start Normally > barely 2 minutes in, bluescreen came on and then it just shut off. Again, power light was still on so, held power button down to turn off. Turned off AVR too.

PART 6: 1 hour later, removed keyboard usb and plugged ps/2 to test. Powered on > fan on, no post. Again had to hold power button down to shut power off. Turned off AVR. Unplugged ps/2 and plugged in keyboard usb. Unplugged AVR from wall. I was done.

June 20, 2015, Saturday

Luckily, help came. Very lucky. I was relieved when he got one of my many messages (texts, emails - I did not know which accounts he still uses).

They were out and on their way home. Around 11:30 p.m., they stopped by.

Troubleshooting: The mobo is OK. The processor is OK. The memory cards... Well, it took a while and some eraser-work but they were OK. Hmm... nothing showing up on the screen -- might be the display thing (on mobo) but after some tinkering, the display fired up -- it is OK.

The system was repairing... it was taking tooooooo long.

Diagnosis: System files are shot.

Treatment: Reformat.

It took a little over 2 hours. They had a long day and were tired but they were so nice to me. I was sorry all I had was a handful of garlic corn bits to offer when they became hungry. I took over installing the last few drivers so they can already head home. Business done. Did I say I was lucky they were able to come to the rescue? I was.

A few notes: Watch out for "tripping" (clicking sound, power off, no fan) which has to do with the PSU (power supply). Consider an SSD (solid-state drive) for better speed/performance.

Monday, June 15, 2015

accent pillow

I have a new accent pillow.

dada's blog - my new accent pillow

It is a gift. It matches my sheets. I believe it is hand-made. It is so pretty.

Monday, June 1, 2015

bacolod go hotel, robinson's citywalk

Kaya Toast at NAIA T2

I like the coffee with condensed milk at Ya Kun Kaya Toast (NAIA terminal 2, departure area).

They did not collect a passenger terminal fee at NAIA Terminal 2, finally! The wheelchairs at the airport are still old with breaks that do not work though. We had to put a bag behind the rear wheels of the wheelchair they gave me so it would not roll away.

We went on a mini-vacation last week. We visited Bacolod City. We stayed at a Go Hotel. It was a breezy, scenic 30-minute drive to the hotel from the Bacolod-Silay airport via the airport access road. We stopped at Talisay from the airport to visit family too.

twin room at gohotel bacolod 1
twin room at gohotel bacolod 2
twin room at gohotel bacolod 3
twin room at gohotel bacolod 4
twin room at gohotel bacolod 5

I tried to buy a Go Hotel toiletry kit but they were out. The lady at the desk was quick to explain that their current stock was past expiration date and they were waiting for new stock but they do not know when it will be delivered. There used to be a Cafe 21 at the lobby up until last year (sayang). There is still a "corner shop" where you can buy coffee -- they will give you hot water in a cup and a coffee sachet. I was told you can keep the cup and come back for hot water if have your own instant coffee mix.

On to some of our meals...

salad and pasta platter at Peri-Peri at Central City Walk Bacolod
shrimp, corn, java rice platter at Peri-Peri Chicken at CityWalk Robinson's Place Bacolod

Yummy platters from Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken at Central City Walk behind Robinson's Place.

takoyaki at Tokyo Bubble Tea at Central City Walk Bacolod
special beef curry at Tokyo Bubble Tea at Citywalk Robinson's Place Bacolod

Takoyaki and the Japanese beef curry from Tokyo Bubble Tea Restaurant also at City Walk at Robinson's Place.

I am so glad we stayed at the Go Hotel, it is so close to Robinson's mall! Stone's throw! From the hotel, there is a door on the first floor towards the back that opens to the outside and right there is the rear entrance of the mall and City Walk! There are proper ramps here too so we had no trouble rolling my wheelchair around the place. So convenient. Also, food prices here are great - not overpriced!!!

Then, it was time to go home. Taxi from Go Hotel to the Bacolod-Silay airport was 500 pesos. On the way, we passed by the entrance of The Ruins (no, we did not get out). And... they collected a passenger terminal fee at the Bacolod-Silay airport (ugh). And... their wheelchairs have working breaks (yay).

view from the departure area Bacolod-Silay airport

Nice view from the departure area.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

bye, grooveshark

Well then... Goodbye, Grooveshark.

Grooveshark shuts down message 2015
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