System Crash When Playing Oolite

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Re: System Crash When Playing Oolite

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Eric Walch wrote:Than you have not examined a current i-mac desktop computer. Mine is already very flat and made of one block of aluminium. You can only access the interior after removing the front glass plate and screen. And the newest i-Mac is even thinner. :( I truly hope, I never have to open it up.
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mandoman wrote:Well, I did it. Got it apart and blew it out some. Tried to snug everything back into place very carefully. I really am not certain if it worked, or not. I keep testing for the electric tingle I was getting before, but I don't think it's happening every time. One thing, though, trying to use the "A" key has become a trick. Sometimes it doesn't respond, other times the slash symbol turns up with the "A". Weird. Probably going to have to take it apart again, at least enough to check how secure the connections are. Oh, I also seem to have lost one speaker for the sound, though the headphone jack is still putting out stereo, so it's probably a bad connection with the speaker. Fun time. :roll: :)
I wonder if there is something wrong with the keyboard - but if it wasn't doing it before, checking the connections will probably help. Has the shock completely gone away?
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Eric Walch wrote:Than you have not examined a current i-mac desktop computer. Mine is already very flat and made of one block of aluminium. You can only access the interior after removing the front glass plate and screen. And the newest i-Mac is even thinner. :( I truly hope, I never have to open it up.
If you want to virtually see inside some modern day tech, see iFixit for some good teardowns and repair guides.

Basically if it comes from the fruity firm, with a very few exceptions, forget it.
LOL, the "Fruity Firm" :lol: . That site looks like it's actually a good resource :D.
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Re: System Crash When Playing Oolite

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I think it is static electricity. I noticed that if I purposefully touch the side of the keyboard, I get a little shock, but if I hold my finger there it fades immediately. That doesn't seem like any kind of hardware malfunction. I'll just have to make sure to touch something before playing Oolite. I think the shock upsets the game.
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mandoman wrote:I think it is static electricity. ... I think the shock upsets the game.
I think the shock upsets the laptop.. :lol: :wink:

Static and computers are not a happy combination. In some circumstances, it can even kill them dead, or just permanently cripple them. I'd be asking myself how is the static being generated? What is it about your situation/environment that changed just before the problem manifested? Did you have new carpet installed, or recently get a new pair of shoes you're wearing a lot? It's even possible that the fabric on a new chair could be the culprit. Colder, dry air can lead to static buildup. Did you recently get a new A/C installed, or central heating, perhaps? It may even just be seasonal.. cold dry weather is more conducive to static buildup than warmer, more humid weather.

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Diziet Sma wrote:
mandoman wrote:I think it is static electricity. ... I think the shock upsets the game.
I think the shock upsets the laptop.. :lol: :wink:

Static and computers are not a happy combination. In some circumstances, it can even kill them dead, or just permanently cripple them. I'd be asking myself how is the static being generated? What is it about your situation/environment that changed just before the problem manifested? Did you have new carpet installed, or recently get a new pair of shoes you're wearing a lot? It's even possible that the fabric on a new chair could be the culprit. Colder, dry air can lead to static buildup. Did you recently get a new A/C installed, or central heating, perhaps? It may even just be seasonal.. cold dry weather is more conducive to static buildup than warmer, more humid weather.

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It could also be an earthing problem with the laptop.

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Diziet Sma wrote:I think the shock upsets the laptop.. :lol: :wink:

Static and computers are not a happy combination. In some circumstances, it can even kill them dead, or just permanently cripple them. I'd be asking myself how is the static being generated? What is it about your situation/environment that changed just before the problem manifested? Did you have new carpet installed, or recently get a new pair of shoes you're wearing a lot? It's even possible that the fabric on a new chair could be the culprit. Colder, dry air can lead to static buildup. Did you recently get a new A/C installed, or central heating, perhaps? It may even just be seasonal.. cold dry weather is more conducive to static buildup than warmer, more humid weather.

Have a look here for some more ideas.
Well, yeah, I guess that's what I meant, although the only time it seems to have had a dramatic effect on the laptop was when I was playing Oolite. Nothing is new in my environment, except that it's colder, and dry due to Winter.

I'm not sure what to do about a grounding problem. I have the power charging unit plugged into a grounded surge strip. I think I just need to make sure I've discharged any static build up in myself before I do anything on the laptop.
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Tricky wrote: It could also be an earthing problem with the laptop.
Good point - I wonder if there is something wrong with the ground connection at the laptop. Mandoman says that it's plugged into a grounded surge protector, so maybe the ground isn't actually connected... :(. In the mean time, Mandoman, I'd carry on as you have by making sure you are discharged before touching the computer :).
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...and wear rubber gloves and gum-boots!
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Smivs wrote:...and wear rubber gloves and gum-boots!
You forgot the rubber mouth guard. :P
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