My computer died this morning.
Well…one of my computers anyway. My main computer. A Toshiba P15-S479 notebook. The motherboard (also known variously as the main board, or the system board) died.
The hard drive is still good so after spending $20 on a usb 2.0 external hard drive enclosure, I’m in the process of migrating all the important stuff to my backup computer: an old Pentium III that I was using as a network print server.
I haven’t decided what I’m going to do yet. I can get a replacement motherboard on E-bay for about $250 – $300, but there are no guarantees how long the replacement would last…or how long the rest of the computer will last for that matter.
For about another $100 or so, I could buy a decent ATX motherboard, CPU and memory and build up a passable desktop. I’ve already got everything else I’d need and I can upgrade as the need arises and the opportunity presents itself.
Or I could just use the dinosaur that I’m typing this on as we speak and save my pennies until I can afford what I REALLY want: an Imac or Ibook.
I’ve dabbled in editing and producing home videos over the years and I’ve had frustration after frustration with my Wintel machines. Every once in a while I can put out a good video that doesn’t stutter and that the audio and video are actually synced together, but it is pure luck when it happens.
My uncle does videos on his mac. His always look great and he says it is as easy as 1, 2, 3 to put one together. I’m all about that.
I’m talking myself into it as we speak. As long as the dog-slow P3 I’m on doesn’t drive my crazy, I’m going to save my pennies until I can afford what I really want.
‘course I could change my mind tomorrow…who knows.
At any rate…computer follies is my excuse for not getting any meaty content up today. We’ll see how tomorrow goes.