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Laptop woes

KageRyu

Lost Mad Soul
Contributing Artist
Oh wow, that are a lot of terrible things. It'll take a while before it all settles I think. I saw you wanted to try texturing. Maybe I can tutor you a bit to help your sales?
I would love that - though right now I have a few obstacles - I am still trying to clean and repair my Father's house and make room to set up a proper work area. While I have my old workstation sort of set up, it is on a typing table at the foot of my bed with barely room for the mousepad and keyboard. This past couple of years in the wake of my father's passing has been hectic on me...and though I am close to the other side of it now, there is still so much to do, and when life keeps throwing me these other situations to eat up my time and distract me it just drags it all out.

I am willing to learn though. I have dabbled with texturing an making image maps in Photoshop and GiMPShop. I am trying to get a better handle on unwrapping and remaking UVs - for that I have Lightwave, Wings, or Blender (Wings UV system seems the most user friendly) and I have UV Mapper but not the pro version.
 

Aylaaenas_Evenwing

Adventurous
I would love that - though right now I have a few obstacles - I am still trying to clean and repair my Father's house and make room to set up a proper work area. While I have my old workstation sort of set up, it is on a typing table at the foot of my bed with barely room for the mousepad and keyboard. This past couple of years in the wake of my father's passing has been hectic on me...and though I am close to the other side of it now, there is still so much to do, and when life keeps throwing me these other situations to eat up my time and distract me it just drags it all out.

I am willing to learn though. I have dabbled with texturing an making image maps in Photoshop and GiMPShop. I am trying to get a better handle on unwrapping and remaking UVs - for that I have Lightwave, Wings, or Blender (Wings UV system seems the most user friendly) and I have UV Mapper but not the pro version.
You can texture with blender and photoshop next to each other. So you can use its projection texturing. That's much faster then painting in 2D
 

KageRyu

Lost Mad Soul
Contributing Artist
I ended up picking up a Refurbished Laptop off of Amazon. A Windows 10 pro 64 bit system running a quad core processor with 4 usb ports, HDMI port, Ethernet port, built in wifi, DVDRW drive, 8gb ram, and 15.6 in screen, and ethernet. It arrived today, but it is late now so I will try setting it up tomorrow and make sure it meets the specs. I would have liked more ram, but finding any laptop with enough USB ports plus a DVDRW proved difficult. Most I looked at either did not have ethernet, or did not use wifi but bluetooth, or did not have an optical drive. Even so, this almost cost as much as this old Toshiba I am typing on cost when it was brand new.

Hopefully all will work well, and I can manage to figure out Windows 10 quickly and this machine will become my new surfing system and portable workshop and I will relegate this old toshiba to a support and backup role. If everything is kosher with the new laptop I will pickup a USB bridge cable and move the important files off this laptop, and install at least a copy of Poser 11.3 on the newer laptop so I can play around while surfing the web. I will also have to figure out how to run a networked USB hard drive from my router with my massive oler runtime so multiple machines can access it from a central location.
 

DanaTA

Dances with Bees
I ended up picking up a Refurbished Laptop off of Amazon. A Windows 10 pro 64 bit system running a quad core processor with 4 usb ports, HDMI port, Ethernet port, built in wifi, DVDRW drive, 8gb ram, and 15.6 in screen, and ethernet. It arrived today, but it is late now so I will try setting it up tomorrow and make sure it meets the specs. I would have liked more ram, but finding any laptop with enough USB ports plus a DVDRW proved difficult. Most I looked at either did not have ethernet, or did not use wifi but bluetooth, or did not have an optical drive. Even so, this almost cost as much as this old Toshiba I am typing on cost when it was brand new.

Hopefully all will work well, and I can manage to figure out Windows 10 quickly and this machine will become my new surfing system and portable workshop and I will relegate this old toshiba to a support and backup role. If everything is kosher with the new laptop I will pickup a USB bridge cable and move the important files off this laptop, and install at least a copy of Poser 11.3 on the newer laptop so I can play around while surfing the web. I will also have to figure out how to run a networked USB hard drive from my router with my massive oler runtime so multiple machines can access it from a central location.
Good luck!

Dana
 

KageRyu

Lost Mad Soul
Contributing Artist
@DanaTA thank you. Hoping to get back to art and animation on a more regular basis soon. These last many years have been rough for me, and in the last 3 I have gotten so very little done at all.
 

Miss B

Drawing Life 1 Pixel at a Time
CV-BEE
Here's hoping it works out well. I had to upgrade to Win10 Pro 2 years ago, and I'm very comfortable with it now. Of course, I bought it new, not refurbished, but I can't imagine a source like Amazon putting something like that up for sale if it wasn't working well when they tested it.
 

KageRyu

Lost Mad Soul
Contributing Artist
I managed to set up my workstation which has been unused for the better part of the last 3 years due to this move gone wrong. I was hoping to work on some ship designs for my animated project and discovered one of my internal 1TB Hds that had my primary 3D content has become corrupted. Not all of that TB was 3D content, but the bulk of my 400+GB 3D source files, and almost all of my SFX libraries was on that drive. Some of it was backed up, but not all of it (was packed rather hastily in 2020). I am very disheartened by this. I do not know what happened, if it sat to long, was jostled too much in transit...but spent the last 3 days looking at lots of "File Sector Unreadable" in scandisk.

Not sure if the drive containing my scripts, notes, and RPG materials is ok or not. For now the computer is again idle and un-powered as I do not have the space to properly work on it and all of my tools and recovery software are in storage.

Never really got the space in this house cleared out to set everything up - and with being forced to reopen probate and move again while it's resolved just don't have the time or money to put into this. The loss of this runtime Hd is the end of the line for all of my Poser work right now. That's all she wrote. No telling if or when I will ever be able to recover from this loss this time. These last 5 years have just been too much.
 

DanaTA

Dances with Bees
Sorry to hear that. I hope things start going much better for you! This has been a long haul for you. Maybe a good shop can recover your files, if you don't do anything that will overwrite the data.

Dana
 
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