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Yargh. - Diary of a Necromancer
Excuse me, I'm making perfect sense, you're just not keeping up
...Aaand there went George's display again, silvery-grey this time; the data-set is building up a correlation with sudden mouse-movements towards the edges of the screen, which is interesting because the wireless mouse is a bit on the elderly side and was losing its connection again all session, so it might be confusing the screen's attempt to refresh or something. Thinking now that replacing the mouse would be a good interim step to test since it needs doing anyway -- if only I had That Kind Of Money...

feeling: aggravated aggravated

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ljgeoff From: ljgeoff Date: October 20th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I can see why this would be freaking you out. Does the display go completely wonky, so that you have to restart? Or does it just fuzz out until you move the mouse.

I got a blue screen today and was sad. I love my little notebook and I want it to last forever and ever. But with your more precarious financial position, I really feel for you and hope that this is not too serious.

We might have a mouse around that we're not using. Does it need to be wireless?
robling_t From: robling_t Date: October 20th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
It just goes... all the same color, different each time, like the routines that tell it what to draw suddenly have all the pixels jammed on "#33AA66" for no good reason. Only way out so far is to give him a poke in the power-button to restart. Based on what I've noticed about it so far, and based on some looking around in the support forums, I think it's narrowing down to a driver issue, which is unfun but potentially just a matter of waiting around until someone at the Mothership squashes the bug...

Or he could be having an argument with the damn mouse, which is another driver issue probably. I've got a spare somewhere in here if it came to this one going out altogether, but it's wired and IICR I originally went wireless because I suspected there was a problem with the port on that side of the keyboard. (Lightbulb, I should probably try hooking up the LED gooseneck to that port and see how it goes for a while, it might have been THAT mouse being bad 'cos I have been known to... um... go through them at a rate of knots...)
saganth From: saganth Date: October 20th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Try asking for a mouse on Freecycle?
robling_t From: robling_t Date: October 20th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Well, the issue being that I'm trying to isolate a problem, so there's that question of not introducing used hardware that might have a history of its own; I do have a wired mouse someone freecycled me around here somewhere to use as a backup if this one craps out entirely, so far as day-to-day ops go, but I don't know enough about its provenance to rely on it for this sort of a troubleshooting operation... and I know how hard I am on mice, so... yeah.
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