All those computer issues I’ve been having? Apparently they were PSU-related. My power supply busted last night, and I’m relegated to my laptop until I can fix it. Aaaand today I’m going to be stuck updating everything on it. It became clear when I pulled it out of hibernation that I hadn’t updated any of the software on it since early 2009, which is a problem if I plan on using it regularly until my desktop is up and running again.
I should have stuck to my original plan of just hunkering down and reading after supper. Instead I decided to install The Sims 3, so I could just mess around with it today. Bad idea, apparently. The actual install went fine. But as soon as I started up the game (patched, but no mods yet, I wanted to see what it was like on its own) and it got past the loading plumbob screen, there was a huge *CRACK-FFFZZZTT-SHHHH-K* at my feet where my computer tower sits on its shelf, and everything just died. Startled the hell out of me. I knew it wasn’t simply an overload, because instead of just turning off and staying quiet there was a lingering fizz-crackle sound from inside my case and the smell of something burning.
Begin panic mode.
I rushed to drag it out and unplug it, and as soon as I did my nostrils were assaulted by the lovely aroma of burning circuitry and dust. My parents rushed in, because the power surge caused the lamps and stuff in their room to flicker. I immediately thought it was my video card, since it had been giving me issues lately. So I pulled it out of the case, but there was no visible damage, and it was clearly not the source of the burning smell. My next thought was the power supply, so I leaned over to the back of my tower to sniff it, and I almost choked on the smell. Yep. PSU.
By this time my whole room smelled like burning, and I had to both open a window and turn on my ceiling fan – while there was a snowstorm outside, no less. Great timing. So I pulled out the offending PSU, and my dad banished it to the Land of the Snowy Front Porch. My room ceased to smell after that, so I’m really hoping nothing else fried along with it. I won’t know until I have another power supply to try, but that won’t be for a few days. I ordered a new one on Newegg, so now I must simply wait and hope that when it arrives, 1) it fits my case (they didn’t give dimensions in the description), 2) it’s not DOA, and 2) everything ELSE works.
What I’m currently (or most recently) running:
Mobo: ASUS AM2 M2N-SLI with 4GB RAM
CPU: AMD Dual Core Athlon 64 X2 5000+
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+
Peripherals: 640GB SATA HDD (master), 320GB IDE HDD (slave), 2x SATA DVD-R drives, CanoScan 8800F, HP Photosmart 7700, ASUS 19″ WS monitor, Trendnet PCI wireless card, and I forget what my sound card was offhand
The PSU was a Rosewill RP500 500W. Technically it should have been more than enough to deal with the components I have, but I suppose with age and heavy use a crapout like this is inevitable. I had been it using since mid 2009 anyway, and I’ve put quite a bit of strain on it (I rarely turn my computer off). I’m surprised at myself for not thinking to replace the PSU sooner.
It’s interesting – I’m not actually bummed or pissed off or anything about this. A month ago I probably would have been, but since the new year this change in attitude seems to be continuing and spanning all areas of my life. It literally feels like someone surgically separated 2011 from the rest of my life, and it’s a whole new blank chapter with nothing to hinder it, and nothing can bring me down. It’s a nice feeling. Granted, this exploding PSU ordeal is an annoying inconvenience, but I don’t feel like shit about it.
Plus now I can tell people that Sims destroyed my computer.