My beloved desktop bit the bullet last night. I'm fairly confident that it's something that is fixable one way or the other, but that doesn't make me particularly happy about the downtime, either.
See, Mr. Heatsink decided that he wanted to divorce Mrs. Motherboard. We suspect things haven't been square between them in some time; there's been a lot of racket and general loudness issuing from their home. So when, poof, the whole system crashed yesterday and wouldn't get past turning on, I had to drop in for a home visit and find out the truth of the matter.
I'm pretty confident that it's repairable one way or the other. If not putting in a new heatsink/casing, then it might have to go as far as putting in a new motherboard. I accept that whatever will happen will happen, and that I'll just have to limit myself to tender ministrations upon this, the laptop. It's not a bad machine - it's got 3 gigs of ram, dualcore processor, etc. The only 'bad' thing about it is that it only has 175 gigs of memory hard drive space (mornings + words = ???). When you're using a system as your transportable gaming machine... that's not so good, ha ha. Thankfully, I'd stripped Sims 2 off fairly recently (since I tend to play it more on the desktop anyways), so that gave me room to put on Dragon Age. I'm a bit annoyed to have to start a new game so soon, but I guess I'll survive. *poses dramatically*
Anyways, the half steam bit is that when I have to choose between being around to chat to people and gaming, I'll always opt for gaming. So if any of y'all were so inclined to poke me on a messenger... see you when I do, ha ha. As it were, one of those things keeps me sane, and the other tends to slowly pull me the other way (with few exceptions, and those are those people who don't expect me to hold up a constant conversation - wasn't happening pre-baby, and isn't happening now! )
Anyways, back to doing the rest of my morning puttering routine.