After literally years of wanting a laptop and almost that much time actually having a real need for one, I finally found a laptop computer on sale at a price I could afford and bought it.  As soon as I had it up and running I started copying stuff to it right away from my desktop computer so I could take advantage of the whole “take it with you anywhere” computing that the laptop offered.

It’s a good thing I started this right away like that because by the time I had gotten a lot (although not all) of this copying done when the desktop computer started having more and more problems and eventually stopped working entirely.  If I hadn’t gotten the laptop when I did I would have been in a really bad situation, unable to get my work done or make videos anymore.

Now, several months later, having learned a few things and done some testing on the desktop machine.  I find that unless I want to try replacing some of the capacitors on it’s motherboard, that I’m going to have to replace it entirely.

Right now I’m thinking that the best way to go is going to be the replacement option and I’ve been looking at this motherboard and it looks like a very good candidate for a replacement board.  As for the “replace the capacitors” thing, while I am no stranger to getting out my trusty soldering iron and working on stuff most people won’t touch but I have no idea if there’s other things that need replacing as well and I would hate to do all that work only to find out other things needed to be replace and not have a way to find out what they were.

So getting a new motherboard looks like the best way to go.  Especially since it is a mobo+CPU combo and the CPU in question is a dual core unit that’s quite a bit faster than the old one.

Now all I have to do is convince some wealthy person to give it to me for Christmas.

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