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So yesterday (though the problem actually started the day before), my computer was shutting itself down. Seriously, it would shut down on it's own. I sent a text to my step brother who actually knows more than I do as I was hoping it wasn't what I thought it was, and he told me that the motherboard could be dying. I was panicking because I didn't want it to be that. One thing I cannot do at the moment is afford to buy a new mobo (techie slang for motherboard). So I got on the laptop and looked up other possibilities. One was that it could be the video card, which I also didn't want due to lack of being able to afford it.

After some debate on what I should do, I just removed everything from inside with the exception of the processor (I don't have any thermal paste to place the heat-sink back on), a RAM stick, the DVD drive, and the hard disk. After flashing the CMOS, it still had that problem. So next on the list was trying to run Linux live from a flash drive. I kept getting a message on if I wanted to shut it down. So I decided to access my secondary hard disk and just install Linux to it. But after I did that and tried to use my video card again, it wouldn't load. That's when I hopped back onto the laptop and learned that most people who try linux with a Nvidia graphics card have issues. I hated this because the on-board video doesn't do two monitors simultaneously. After giving up on dual monitors, which is my preference, I decided to remove the Nvida card, hook my main hard disk back up, and install Ubuntu (the version of Linux I was using) again on the secondary so I could get the grub loader set up to have both disk drives and access my files on the main one because it has my stories and VBA saves on it. The problem, I didn't even get the message asking if I wanted to shut down the computer when I ran Ubuntu live this time, it just shut down on it's own.

Due to the frequency of how little time it would be on before shutting down, even when I tried to clear the CMOS again, it finally hit me. Well, it came across my mind before... but I had high doubts that it could be the case this time. When I first put the machine together, I was using an old custom case that my stepdad gave me to save money. Not long after I had it working, it had the issue before. It would turn off and shut itself off on it's own. Not to mention that it was turning itself on sometimes now. The problem was that the power button had a fault in it where it was turning the machine on and off. So I had removed the connector from the mobo for the power button and used the reset button as the one to turn it on and off. The reset button now had that issue.

So I swapped the reset button back with the power button and sure enough, the machine stayed on. It even let me install Ubuntu without issue. No message asking if I wanted to shut down the computer. After I installed Ubuntu on the secondary hard drive and tested out the loader to make sure it gave me the option to load Windows 7 (like it does on my laptop as I have both Operating Systems in it), I turned it off and put the Nvidia graphics card back in. After loading Windows 7, I've had no issues. I even had it run most of the night doing a memory test, and it didn't shut down once. Overall, I'm just happy that I don't have to buy a new Motherboard.

The only issue now, is remembering to chose to load Windows 7. The grub loader is set to run Ubuntu if I don't touch the keyboard in a certain amount of time. And after putting my Nvidia graphics card back in, it won't run Ubuntu. So if I miss the chance after turning the computer on, I will be stuck in a black screen and unable to run the computer without manually restarting it.

I'm just glad I tested some things before putting the card back in with Ubuntu. On my laptop, it likes to go to sleep mode when you're not moving the mouse or typing. It even does that when you're watching a video. I mainly have Windows 7 on my laptop so I can watch videos uninterrupted. I have yet to try this when playing a DVD. All I know is that I hate when you let Ubuntu go into sleep mode, it requires you to put in the password when you bring it back out. The same happens for it's offshoots, like Lubuntu and Xubuntu. I know about Lubuntu due to the fact I installed it on an old dell for mom so she could use it (it was too old and didn't meet the requirements for Windows 7 and Microsoft no longer supports XP). But anywho... it doesn't go into sleep mode on my tower like it does my laptop.

The whole reason why I even do anything with any form of Linux is due to my step dad constantly trying to have my install Windows 7 on computers too old for it last fall. He would get these old computers and want to upgrade due to Microsoft stopping support of XP, which these things were built to operate on. They were so old that you couldn't upgrade the hardware. Yet I couldn't convince him that it was hopeless to get them to run on Windows 7, it slowed them down even more because they didn't really meet the requirements for the OS. So I looked into Linux as an alternative and sure enough I managed to get one to work on a version of Puppy Linux (which I hate because I could never figure out how to use it correctly). After a while, he gave up due to most of the machines having too many issues to even run properly and I ended up with most of them for parts. One of them was originally meant for Windows 98, so I have no clue on what to do with it other than eventually replace the motherboard.

The whole point to this story, I don't need a new motherboard after all. However, do I worry about when the power button does have the issue it had when I first put it together. I don't wanna try throwing it in yet another case, I like this one due to it having a window on the side to see the insides (with the help of a fan with LEDs of course). The reason I went through with all that BS was due to the fact I put my heart and soul into building this computer. Hell, my debts began with building it while unemployed. So there was no way in hell I was gonna give up so easily.
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Nicholas Carter
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I'm just here to be here.

Since I write and suck at drawing, I like to make the appearances of my OCs using character creation modes from some videogames. Yes, I play games using OCs from my works.

Now, for some truth. My real name's Nick, but I'm also known as Myth and/or Mario. I'm Sicilian, but everyone where I live thinks I'm really a Mexican. I like to write as mentioned above and I like videogames. My favorite fighting game serioes is the Soul series that started with Soul Blade and is currently up to Soul Calibur IV. I have and played all but Legends. I also love the Metal Gear series because it has the most interesting story line. I grew up on the Legend of Zelda games, which I'll always admit to. There's more, but I'll save that for a later date.

Current Residence: West Virginia
deviantWEAR sizing preference: 3-X (it makes me feel thinner)
Favourite genre of music: Country, Southern Rock, Rock, Metal, Soft Rock, Alternetive
Favourite photographer: N/A
Favourite style of art: Is this another Trick question?
Operating System: Windows vista
MP3 player of choice: A Sony PSP
Shell of choice: Is this yet another trick question?
Wallpaper of choice: why do I need wallpaper?
Skin of choice: How many trick questions are there?
Favourite cartoon character: Sonosuke Sagara from Rurouni Kenshin
Personal Quote: "Perfection is an Illusion made by Idiots that are Imperfect Themselves"

Derpy Hoove's Life Lesson For Us Stamp by NaMiKiTtIn


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:iconbritish-prophetess:
British-Prophetess Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Independence Day!
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krimsonfury Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, it's the day my people declared themselves free from yours :P
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:iconbritish-prophetess:
British-Prophetess Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I know that :P I bet almost everywhere across America will have some firework shows.
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krimsonfury Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Ya kidding, my neighbors started shooting off fireworks last night.
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British-Prophetess Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, you know who contacted me via Facebook message earlier on today? James.
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krimsonfury Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Really now?
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:iconbritish-prophetess:
British-Prophetess Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah. He asked me how I was doing.
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krimsonfury Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That's just weird.
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British-Prophetess Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Dude, did you see Red vs Blue's latest episode? Oh dear Lord, I can't stop smiling! :XD: Nuu 
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krimsonfury Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I fell asleep earlier and it was on when Flash was on. So I will get to it soon.
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