Suzuki

Suzuki Repair - 50628 miles

For the past couple of months I have noticed a vibration in the front suspension of the car at certain highway speeds.

Since I head up to Springfield MA next weekend for the train show I figured I would have it looked at before the trip.

It turned out to be the left side tie rod ends - both inner and outer.

Parts               $146.00
Labor              $115.00
Alignment       $110.00
Balancing       $  80.00
Tax                 $  38.50
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Grand Total    $489.50

*sigh*
Mooncat

Zootopia

I just had what amounted to a private 3D screening of the movie.  4:20PM on a rainy Monday afternoon is a pretty good time apparently.  There was one young kid and his Mom sitting quietly somewhere behind me, after they settled they were silent.

It is worth it!  If you have not yet seen this movie, do so!
There is enough in the movie that I wnat to see it at least twice more just to take in the details of the city and characters.

Five Stars, The Disney animators have set a VERY high bar for animation this time - and the movie runs close to two hours.

Wow.

Also, for the Jerry Andersen fans, Thunderbirds will be back with a whole new series on Amizon Prime.
SL Kirin Front 1 - annoyed

It's dead, Jim ..

My desktop PC is now pushin' up the daisies.  It was intermittently dying and rebooting and promptly forgetting which drive to boot from.
I finally ended up taking it in to MicroCenter and the tech who examined it said the mother board is shot.  He says he saw fried diodes on the back of the board.
The estimate to fix it would buy me a better replacement, so that is probably the route I will take.

It was a dual processor quad core (quad core dual processor? - whatever, it had eight) with maxed out memory, a heavy duty power supply and a pretty good graphics card.  I will probably be able to reuse the graphics card, but memory seems to change type every other week, so that will be "stored".  Heck, I'll probably keep the whole thing.

Before anyone suggests building my own, I do not have the expertise to choose the right parts to put something good together.  I could assemble the parts myself, but I would be stuck if anything went wrong.  I'd rather get something assembled that works.

The trouble is my budget is a bit limited right now.

Hopefully I can use my existing boot drive directly, but even if I can't the drive is still good and I can get the stuff off of it.

For now I'm using an old (slow!) Mac mini with minimal extras.  It's OK, but I have gone too far down the PC path to switch over at this point.

Here's a link to a review with the specs of the PC.  I have upped the memory to 9GB and swapped the graphics card.
http://www.cnet.com/products/gateway-fx6800-01e/
Hedgy

Computer help needed please!

I have a laptop running Windows 7 32bit.  It is dead and un-repairable with a motherboard issue that shuts it down within a minute or so of starting and then immeadiately you hit the power button.  I need to use a program on the C drive that can not easily be replaced. Call this "Machine 1"

I bought a second identical good laptop ("Machine 2") and installed the drives and memory cards from Machine 1 into Machine 2.

Machine 2 will boot up, but only into diagnostic mode.  Windows recognises the hardware change and will not start.
Several attempts at running the startup fix and various tries at starting from different restore points have not worked.

SO ...
1) Is there any way to get the software to recognise its new home and boot up?
2) Would swapping the CPU from Machine 1 into Machine 2 get the software to boot in Machine 2?
3) Is there another alternative?