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Jason Pawlak

Me and my Internet

Husband, Dad, Navy Officer, Coder, and Tinkerer. I have many interests and am always looking to learn something new. This site is a launching point to the many areas of the Internet that represent me.

They’re coming to take me away… I’m a computer killer…

If only I had an Ultra X3 / 1000-Watt / ATX / SATA-Ready / PCI-E Ready / Energy Efficient / ULT40064 Modular Power Supply… this just would not be an issue…

First off, I’m pretty sure I fried my desktop. I had the box in the perfect sized location between my desk, wall, and TV… unfortunately I don’t think I was giving it adequate ventilation, and so one night, it quit. It wasn’t the first time the computer had turned itself off in the middle of the night, but it was the first time it wouldn’t turn back on. I have to remember to bring my multi-meter back down to school next time I go home so I can check to see if any current is coming out of the power supply… keep your fingers crossed.

Yesterday, I was home sick (I blame it on the no sleep from the awesome wedding weekend), but anyway, my roommate and I were in the family room watching some TV, and decided to watch some of ‘The Office’. I have all the episodes on my laptop so we hook up the cords to from the TV to the laptop and I push the Function F4 or whatever combination it is to switch screens… my laptop goes crazy. It looked liked it had been tossed down a flight of steps with a pool of water at the bottom. Needless to say I forced the shutdown and rebooted. When it started back up, the touch pad didn’t work…

[let it be known that while typing this I think I just realized what was wrong. i tried pushing other Function + F… combinations while it was all static and I might have turned off the touch pad. i’ll have to try that when i get back to the house]

I then went to faithful Google and tried searching for an answer to my issue. Being a Linux machine, there are thousands of forums with so many people willing to help. I tried a few edits to some configuration files that seemed to be of similar problem, however, they only resulted in me blue screening the laptop on restart and having to go through the Unix prompts to fix my newly created issues… I soon resorted to an external USB mouse, which of course worked fine.

That’s all for now… talk to ya later,

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