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A few random things... My new graphics card has arrived, so my PC is… - John C. Kirk

Feb. 1st, 2004

01:45 pm

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A few random things...

My new graphics card has arrived, so my PC is now up and running again. It's possible that the old card could be repaired (e.g. by fitting a new heatsink) more cheaply than buying a new card, so if anyone wants it then you're welcome to it. If not, I'll bin it. It's a GeForce 4 Ti4200 (64Mb RAM).

Speaking of computer stuff, my PC has been freezing up randomly of late, so yesterday I reformatted the hard drive, and I'm now re-installing everything. I seem to be having trouble with a couple of mp3 files - they'll be fine up to a certain point, then it's the equivalent of a record being stuck in a groove, where the same sound gets repeated over and over again, and I have to do a hard reboot. That's obviously not doing my PC any favours, since it corrupts files when I don't shut it down properly. The thing is, it would take me ages to re-rip all my CDs, so I'm wondering if there's a program that will inspect an mp3 (without playing it), to check whether it's valid. I'm not sure how feasible that is, thinking of the Hofstadter book where he discusses a record player that can play every possible record. Alternately, if anyone's feeling brave, and has an uncrashable system (e.g. a hardware mp3 player), I could send you one of the files for you to try out. For the record, I'm using MusicMatch 8.2 here.

Things are quiet on the flat-buying front - the mortgage company sent me a printed copy of my application form last week, which I signed and sent back to them, with proof of ID. They returned the ID to me a couple of days ago, so I assume that they're still processing the application. More news as I get it...