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Strange Stories

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by USMCSgt, Aug 7, 2004.

  1. USMCSgt


    May 1, 2004
    I am going to tell a couple of strange stories & I hope everyone will respond with a story of their own. Perhaps these will help someone having a perplexing problem.

    Way back before some of you were born, I had a Commodore 64 (a computer with a big 64k of RAM, that's 64k, 1/16th of a mb). Since the system did not have a hard drive, I had to place the system disk in the drive, then boot the computer. I had an OS called Geos (Graphic Environment Operating System). IBM clones cost around $5000 & up at that time. The computer we had at the plant was considered state of the art small as it was only about twice the size of a refrigerator!
    I would start the system up in the AM, then try to do something, i.e.,write a letter. The word processing program would frequently screw up in an apparently random fashion. I might be typing and the line would not wrap. The letter could be 1 page long, but all on one line! The next day, it would be something else.

    One day, I noticed that the computer screwed up only on days when I had a cup of tea. I would start the computer booting up, then go into the kitchen to make a cup of tea. It turns out that the computer in the living room was on the same circuit as the microwave in the kitchen. When I hit the button on the microwave, the inrush current spike messed up whatever happened to be loading at that exact moment. Since I did not start the microwave at precisely the same moment relative to the computer loading, I got random malfunctions.
    Putting the computer on it's own circuit fixed this completely.

    A few years ago, I had a Dell Dimension. I got the computer in July. It worked great until September, when it started this random error stuff. I had no idea what was wrong. It ran just fine at the computer shop (with the side cover off, which I didn't know about until later). One day, while just messing around with it, I left the side cover off for a while. The computer ran flawlessly. It was overheating with the cover on, but what changed since August? The answer? Air conditioning. the computer ran cool all summer because it was near the room air conditioner. When the weather turned cooler, there was no need to air condition the room. Thus, the computer overheated as there was no cold air blowing on the computer case!
    I put a larger fan, separately powered in it, problem gone. I should have written to Dell about this, but I never got around to it.
  2. MrsKitty


    Mar 23, 2003
    We have a Gateway Destination. The keyboard & mouse works via UHF remote control. The neighbor who used to live across the street owned a little Saturn. When she popped her trunk with the keyless, I would have to reset the keyboard & mouse as the pointer went straight up into the top right hand corner and the system froze. Reboot and the same thing happened every time.

    Well, I mentioned it to her one day and she had the keyless reprogrammed. Then when she popped her trunk, mine would fly open. I had mine reprogrammed and she moved shortly afterward. No more problems here.

    They were great neighbors...kinda miss 'em being here although we still see them from time to time.

  3. USMCSgt


    May 1, 2004
    Wow! That story certainly put a smile on my face! I have to admit, that is even more weird than what happened to me. TNX, R
  4. NetNinja

    NetNinja Always Faithful

    Oct 23, 2001
    HotLanta, GA
    Ahh yes! The days of frequency overlap is comming.

    Microwaves are just a start. Wait until wireless frequency's start overlapping and colliding.
  5. fabricator

    fabricator Got Biodiesel?

    Aug 28, 2003
    Grand Haven, MI
    Yeah well, you ought to try getting in front of a microwave repeater antenna with a titanium plate in your head!...........not that I've got one, or ever heard of it happening but I bet it would suck!;f