Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor (kistaro) wrote,
Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

Rumors of my Toshiba's survival have been greatly exaggerated

Some time ago, I posted a gobsmacked entry about my Toshiba tablet PC magically working after showing signs of progressive hardware failure, courtesy of an OS reinstall. Despite having rolled back every possible offending driver, using a full image backup from a previous day from when the issue started, the computer was mysteriously freezing hard with, apparently, 100% CPU usage and extremely unsettling levels of heat. It wouldn't respond to Ctrl+Alt+Delete, or anything short of holding the power switch for the full 10 seconds required to activate the full shutdown. Sometimes, that didn't work and I had to pull the battery. So, I ordered Rakeela a new HP TouchSmart tx2z or something like that (I haven't memorized the number), customized to meet our needs (extra RAM and a desktop-speed hard drive- 7200 RPM rather than 5400), and wrote off the laptop as screwed.

Then Windows 7 RTM 7600 came out, and I tried it, and it fixed the issue.

So I figured we now had two laptops, meaning I'd wasted over a thousand dollars but at least both computers worked.

As of yesterday? Well, the Toshiba failed a power-state transition, instead getting hot and running the fan on full when I tried to suspend it. I know from experience that this is the first stage, and it will be randomly dying in the middle of use within a week. The power state transitions had been absolutely fine before.

I'm going back to my "severely marginal hardware" theory. At least we have another computer now, since the Toshiba is getting closetized; it's obviously unreliable and not worth trying to fight with. I've got my netbook, now I've got my Nokia N810, I can borrow Rakeela's laptop, and of course we have the two desktops. (Only two. t'sChillin brought one when sie moved out here, but this was just in time for my older desktop to die; we merged the two computers into one higher-spec one.) There are probably enough computers to go around for most practical purposes.

I've already got plans for who I'm going to give the remains of the Toshiba to. I just wonder what killed it. In the meantime, I'll go back to being glad I decided to go buy the replacement.

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