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January 21, 2008



BAD News....

Mon Jan 21, 2008, 4:19 AM
  • Mood: Unhappy
I'm bummed!

I was rendering a fairly complex fractal this afternoon and my laptop got real hot...and then DIED!  I let it cool down for a couple of hours and I still can't get it to turn back on.  Anyway, it may be a while before I am back on DA as regularly as I have been.  Until I can get another laptop, I'm stuck with possibly checking in a couple times a day instead of a few times and hour. I hate that.  I was rendering some images for a new script that I was going to post.  Now all the images and flames are locked in a hard drive that I can't access.  I passed on the "recipe" to CabinTom though, so perhaps he can release it in my absence.

UPDATE:After removing and re-installing things like the battery and hard drive, I was able to get my laptop to boot.  I can't seem to get much more than an internet browser to run though.  Things as "intense" as a hard drive backup seem to freeze up.  Maybe I'll try it from safe mode or from linux and see if it works any better.  I'm afraid to do any rendering until I can get the important data backed up.

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Kabuchan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Daniel, get every bit of you images and files out of there. Rip them or put them on a thumb drive. Then reinstall Windows to see if a fresh install will take care of the problem. Are you running XP or Vista?
djeaton3162 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm on Vista. I was able to get my images and scripts copied to a small external drive, but even after a re-flashing of the bios and a restore of the OS (wiping out all my data), I am still having issues in that it won't burn clean backups to DVD, won't see the other computer on my network, won't add files to my MP3 player, and so forth. During the OS refresh and some hard drive diagnostics, the system rebooted. To top it off, my warranty expires on Thursday. :) HP is sending me a box though so that I can return it for repair. I'll just be out of a laptop for a week or so.
Kabuchan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It sounds like they will take care of you. That's good ... :)
baba49 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh what rotten luck! I am sorry to hear about this misfortunate occurrence Daniel. I hope you can fix it without any loss of date, hair and nerves :hug:
GeaAusten Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
I'm afraid I killed two pcs by complex rendering of fractals, what I had to do was get everything on the old hard drive backed up on to a new hard drive , which I can access, and buy a gaming type pc, which seems to be the only kind which can cope with this sort of work.. odd really, you are totally brilliant, I haven't stopped using your fractal script, spider heart since I found it, good luck , best wishes
xero-sama Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I agree with with *Arialgr. Laptops aren't rally designed for hardcore rendering and stuff. But, if its all you have, then go ahead and render those puppies! Sorry to hear you're having problems too :(
Arialgr Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have been known to build my flames on a laptop. But, I have an inexpensive desktop to do my rendering. They are built for the more intense processing and would make a good backup for you. The laptop is built for portability but not for intense work. Good luck with getting your stuff backed up.
Rozrr Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Very sorry Daniel, hope you get sorted soon. I keep my laptop tilted up on the edge of a book. I noticed it was getting a bit hot and the fan exit is underneath... I may have saved mine from a similar fate. It is nearly 5 years old now... Doing well.
purple-whirlpool Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Oh no, what a bummer. That must have been one seriously complex flame to burn the laptop up! Hope you manage to access the hard drive.
phoenixkeyblack Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel your pain dude ... :cry:
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