January 2014 archive

On Dead Graphics Cards and Awesome Brothers

A couple of weeks ago, my GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr II became a Single Frozr I.

Gfx card with one fan missing

Single Frozr I – *cries*

I’ve set my machine to fire up Open Hardware Monitor (http://openhardwaremonitor.org/) on boot so I can have some pretty graphs to look at, but these days those graphs are looking less pretty and more scary.
I attempted to fix the card by gluing the fan head back on where it had sheared off. This led to some stomach churning noises, strange response from the fan speed control and all out woe.

Over the following weeks the rig hobbled along, GPU under-clocked and one fan in operation. Occasional stability issues and full on crashes aside, the only impact was that I couldn’t play fancy games or do much GPU rendering, so you could say it was “character building” in that I now had some constraints that required me to think up creative solutions to questions like “How do I waste a bunch of time without fancy 3D games?” (answer: Don’t Starve (http://www.dontstarvegame.com/)).

This all changed yesterday when my little brother handed me one of his 560 TIs out of his rig. I felt a bit bad taking it. If I had two of these little monsters I’d hold on to them for dear life, so I was incredibly grateful.

That gratitude (plus an appropriately timed look at the Blender Cookie Art of Sculpting: Caricature intro video (http://cgcookie.com/blender/cgc-courses/art-sculpting-caricature/)) led to the following sculpt of my brother, grinning like the Cheshire cat, for which I used a sneakily pilfered holiday snap from FB as a reference.

Thanks Rob 🙂

My bruvva

Who put a real live toad in the ‘ole