Well, thankfully, I got my last two images out when I did. I was playing Age of Conan yesterday (June 23) as I usually do on my day off. (Another issue, but that's not the topic.
) Had been playing most of the day with minimal problems (old dog of a computer can just barely handle the game, but does so like a trooper), when suddenly, things started moving like cold molasses. I toughed it out and figured a restart would sort things out. It didn't.
So, I shut it down for a while. It has been rather warm here the past few days and I thought I just might need a break. Started playing again early this afternoon and sure enough, it came back. So, I shut completely down, opened the case and felt the GPU heat sink and YIKES was it hot! I turned the system back on and watched the video card fan spin at about 1 revolution per second.
So, here's the current state. The computer is on it's side, with the side cover off. The fan that was on the side cover was directly over the CPU, which has a high-performance fan on it anyway. So, the case fan got detached and is now perched precariously over the GPU fan. I failed to mention: Using the nVidia monitor program, the GPU was reading over 200 degrees F. Fan over the GPU with flow going away from the GPU - 165 F. Fan flow going TOWARD the GPU - currently 132-134 F. And AOC is back to running like it's old self again.
What this means is that I need to procure a new video card. (Really, I need a new computer, but that will have to wait...Unless someone has a decent gaming rig they'd be willing to donate to a worthy cause.
) The video card will have to wait also, but not nearly as long as a wait for a new computer.
So, if I'm doing something for you, it might take me a few days longer than I hoped, as I don't want to over-tax this thing. I will get to it, I just ask for your understanding and patience.
Hope everyone is having a great summer!