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It looks that Dell did have the spare parts handy and sent the technical service yesterday.
As I suspected, the failed item was the power supply, so the repair took just a few minutes.
In the meantime, I learned in Ubuntu a couple of things that may be of use for someone else.
1. MB3D runs under Wine. I didn't stumbled into any major problem to use it, except the snail speed provided by the old laptop.
2. J-Wildfire also runs very well under Ubuntu.
Thanks again to those of you that cheered me with the problem! :thanks:

Cheers!


On June 25 I wrote:
Today my Dell refused to turn on.  This is my 4th nasty event with this PC -StudioXPS 910- in less than 3 years.  It seems these guys are all buying shares of Apple, going peacefully to bankruptcy.
For those of you living in real countries (I live in Argentina) my PC in under a 3 year guarantee. The response to my request was: if we conclude that we have the potential spare parts needed, the service may come in the next 7 working days but, if some of those parts have to be imported, we commit to have it fixed in the next 48 DAYS!
As a result, you will not be seen me often in dA until this is resolved. I am now in an old laptop running Ubuntu 13.04 (really spectacular), but all my parameters and programs are in the Dell so no new production and regrettable  not much of faving and commenting in the meantime.

Cheers and hugs!
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Jazz and Classical
  • Reading: Do androids dream of electric sheep?
  • Watching: Game of Thrones
  • Playing: Angry Birrds Space Wars
  • Eating: My home made pasta
  • Drinking: Glenfiddich
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:iconleoniezurakowsky:
LeonieZurakowsky Jun 24, 2013   Digital Artist
Sure hope you get your pc issues resolved soon. I well know this story and many of its variations! LOL!!!

BTW, what is the photo of in your webcam? This looks like a 3D scultpture of something from Amazing Box or one of its fellows! :D
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:iconmario837:
Fortunately the service guy came yesterday and changed the power source, which was indeed the cause of the problem. :dance:
As for the webcam, it is one of the unique monuments in Buenos Aires: a Steel Flower which details you can see here [link]
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:iconleoniezurakowsky:
LeonieZurakowsky Jun 30, 2013   Digital Artist
Yay - and thanks for the link! :D
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:iconx-pyre12:
That's bad news...hopefully the parts will be in stock.
Hope to see you soon my friend.
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:iconmario837:
Thank you Robert! I too hope to be back soon. :)
:hug:
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:iconundead-academy:
Undead-Academy Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's no way you can transfer your parms and stuff to your laptop ? I know Dell can be a real pain , sorry to hear this :(
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:iconmario837:
No, I can't. Unfortunately I violated rule #1 of backup: manitain it in a separate place. I have my PC with two hard disks, being my backup a mirror copy of disk C:, but both are in the same PC.
In my favor I can only say that in my 30 years using PCs this is the first time this happens to me.
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:iconundead-academy:
Undead-Academy Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww well that really sucks , I know Dell does not do shit , at least for me I guess if you have warranty they will but if not you are on your own :( I hope they hurry with yours .
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:icongraphiclia:
:( I hope they move quicker than that :fingerscrossed:
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:iconmario837:
Thank you Lia! :hug:
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