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Sunday, February 10th, 2008
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The wind has been blasting all day here. Something like 4 trees and 44444 branches have fallen, but nothing has hit the house yet. Or even clipped the deck, like last week :P

Both my refurb 7900 GT cards have failed thanks to extended The Witcher playtimes. The ASUS one is still good enough for 2D, but there are still areas of the framebuffer that can't be set (including some textmode memory!) The Gigabyte card is worse, and I have a feeling they do repairs faster than ASUS, so I'll try that one first.

Unlike my first 7900, I was really careful with these cards. I kept the side of the case open with a 120 mm fan over the PCI slots, and heatsinked the voltage regulators. The temps didn't get high. No good though. It's just the worst graphics card ever made. Eventually they have to send me one that works though, right?
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[User Picture]From: kartos
2008-02-11 01:49 am (UTC)
The night is young and there's still a strong gust out there. Plenty of time to hit your house or car?? D:
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2008-02-11 02:22 am (UTC)
I realized that while I was writing this entry, so I carefully inserted the word "yet" to avoid tempting fate :(

Totaling the car would suck, since it's worth a lot more than the blue book value.
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[User Picture]From: jzig
2008-02-11 01:55 am (UTC)
I've had really bad luck with 7900 series cards. 2 failed on me.

My current 8800GT has been perfect.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2008-02-11 02:25 am (UTC)
That's a good sign (er... the 8800 is). I put an 8800 GT in my new system, which I designed with stability first and foremost. CAN'T PLAY GAMES ON LINUX THOUGH.
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From: entropy512
2008-02-15 10:44 pm (UTC)
Why not?

A beta driver that supported the new 8800 GTs was released in December sometime, and I believe there is now an official release that supports it for Linux.

I have an 8800GT combined with a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Quad, it rocks.
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[User Picture]From: wikle
2008-02-11 02:21 pm (UTC)
It was blowing like crazy all last night and yesterday day. We had the usual Maryland wind advisory but this was a bit more then the norm.

I hear Asus employs Jawas in their production plants. Thats probably your problem right there.
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