so i finally got around to checking again on what was wrong with my media center. i hooked it up to my other monitor and a spare keyboard and mouse i had lying around and first checked BIOS for any signs of processor issues like overheating, but there were none. i turned on all the integrated monitoring stuff anyway, just in case. after booting it up on my newly reinstalled windows os, it was doing the same thing, namely flickering picture and graphic “archives”. i vaccuumed the thing out last weekend thinking maybe dust was causing the issue, or the processor overheating, but seeing it again today made me go back to my original hunch that it was a graffics card issue. sure enough, i swapped the card with another one i had lying around (have i mentioned that i have a lot of hardware lying around?) and it worked fine. so there’s that. i’m glad i figured it out, and that it’s easy (and not a motherboard or cpu issue), and also that i haven’t lost my touch with diagnosing hardware issues. i looked again at the card and it’s fairly obvious what happened — the resistors, literally, popped, so that would be the loud, ice-cracking noise i heard several weeks ago. this time around i’m getting the same card (which doesn’t have an onboard fan, hence the overheating and frying) but i’m getting a fan that fits into an expansion slot specifically designed to cool off your video card. the case doesn’t get really good ventilation and doesn’t have any extra fans, so this should keep this from happening again (i hope).
it’s been a long time since i did a mix and i was talking about dj’ing yesterday and it made me want to do a set. i’ve been running sets in my head for months, so it’s not like i haven’t been thinking about it. i’ve been wanting to do a set based on the garage punk/psychobilly road trip cds we took with us on our last 2 road trips but that will have to wait for another time. this set is based entirely around wanting to drop “becoming x” in to something, and also listening to bats for lashes and remembering how good they are.
1, bat for lashes, moon and moon
2, Sparklehorse & Danger Mouse, dark night of the soul (ft. vic chesnutt & david lynch)
3, can, oh yeah!
4, slow noise, deepness
5, sneaker pimps, becoming x
6, recoil, incubus
7, depeche mode, it’s no good
8, tortoise, spiderwebbed
9, thom yorke, and it rained all night (burial remix)
10, omni trio, diffusion loops
11, radiohead, i might be wrong
12, autechre, eggshell
13, coldcut, walk a mile in my shoes
14, public image, ltd., seattle
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