Well, I guess it had to happen. My computer gave up the ghost.
Well, okay, it didn't really. I just found a single app that it couldn't handle. Namely, Adobe Premiere Pro. I didn't know this at the time, but apparently it requires SSE instructions to work - and apparently, the AMD 1400+ that I bought a couple of years ago doesn't support this.
So now my wallet is considerably lighter... I went out and got a 3.2GHz P4 (1mb cache), with DDR TWINX1024-3200XL extra low latency Corsair Platinum RAM, and an Asus P4C800 motherboard.
Well, at least the software runs now.
One thing I'm going to miss, however, is the ability to use Wake On Lan to kick my machine when I'm at work. (This way, my apartment doesn't turn into a heat bath thanks to the output of the computer in the summer... although it's almost welcome in the winter).
I wrote my own little app to create the right magic packets, broadcast them over the LAN from outside of it and everything. Worked great. But apparently this mobo doesn't support it.
Damnit. To fry or not to fry, that is the question.
Simon Cooke is an occasional video game developer, ex-freelance journalist, screenwriter, film-maker, musician, and software engineer in Seattle, WA.
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