First, a look at the video card situation. As many of you know by now, I have been having video card problems for a long time. Over a year ago, my GeForce card began overheating, making it impossible to play video games, and almost inoperable for regular tasks.
For my birthday last July 16th, I received two Radeon HD 4870 card. They worked, at first. I was even able to play “Dawn of War II”. Then my computer began having problems, problems which may or may not have had to do with the video cards. I found a number of problems: a wrong-size fan had been previously installed on my computer (and I am amazed that when it was put together, the person had jammed in this oversized fan); so I had that replaced. I replaced the power supply, which might have been going bad. I found that my RAM was not in the proper set-up for dual-channeling. I installed Windows 7 to replace my 3-year-old Windows XP installation, thus speeding up my computer and fixing some other issues with it. But the problem persisted.
Since I had finally confirmed that it was almost certainly my video cards, yes, both video cards experiencing the same error (the alternative being that the motherboard was causing this, which is even more unlikely), I contacted the manufacturer. After testing my HDDs and RAM, at their recommendation, they finally agreed to check my cards.
I shipped my cards to them, and in the meantime, I borrowed an older video card from a friend of mine. This card frequently causes minor graphical hiccups, and occasionally dies and requires me to restart my computer. Yet it could play Baldur’s Gate, so that is a small relief.
A week later, the cards are confirmed as faulty. The company ships me out two replacement cards. I put them in…
The replacement cards don’t work. They experience severe, lasting graphical hiccups, to the extent that I must restart my computer when they crop up. I cannot play any video games on them. The screen frequently goes black and my computer restarts. I experience the same problem happens with both cards. As unlikely as it sounds, the cards are likely both broken. That, or my motherboard is somehow breaking video cards. Either way, I don’t feel confident in this manufacturer. I have messaged them again, telling them of the problem. Maybe they will have a solution. Maybe they will send me a different model. Either way, I plan to switch back to GeForce next time I need a card.
I will be using the card I am borrowing from my friend until I get a proper replacement set. If nothing works out with this company, I will just buy a replacement computer once I have some disposable income. That could be a couple months out. I do not plan to play anything system intensive in the meantime, so that is not a big issue.
However, KotOR is itself a problem; it is not built to run well on modern installations. It is possible to get it work (although it might not work on my Radeon cards, period), but it takes a lot of fiddling. Hopefully I can get it to work once I have a working set of cards. Once I [em]can[/em] can get it to work, I will immediately play it.
Next: I am happy to say that I can finally make this joke.
What’s the scouter say about my view count?
It’s over 9,000!
(I know, I know, it’s dated, but this is my only chance to use that joke)
Seriously, though, the blog is getting close to 10,000 hits, and that is really cool. It hasn’t even been a year yet! I am still planning to hold a contest around the big 10K, but I want to be sure I have some money for the purpose of prizes when I do so, so the exact date might not be until August (assuming the blog hits 10K before then).
My birthday is around the corner. Like I mentioned earlier, my birthday is July 16th. If you would do anything to see me play a game, now is a good time to send me one. I get a game, you get to see the game blogged. That way we both win.
For those whom don’t know, I have a poll on my blog, where people can vote on which game I play next. You can find it on the right sidebar of this site. Check it out. You will also notice that some of the games have asterisks by them. Those are games which I either have or which I know someone will lend me. I literally cannot afford to buy games right now. In other words, if you see a game hanging around at the top of the blog, and I don’t play it, it’s because I don’t have the money to buy it. If you want to send it to me, great, let me know and we will make arrangements. I will be able to play and blog about it, and I will even credit you/your handle for sending the game (unless you care to remain anonymous).