It's official: my MSI GT70 laptop is, in fact, dead. I attempted to replace the AC adapter, only to discover that the the motherboard is shot. So, too, are my hopes of replacing it with another laptop.
Prior to me getting my MSI laptop in October of 2012, I had only ever played Eve on low settings with an integrated graphics card. Seeing New Eden come alive with max settings was breathtaking, and since then I've only ever turned off asteroid effects and camera shake. To me, MSI equates to a beautiful Eve.
It lasted almost three years, but alas my budget doesn't permit me to buy another one now. But even if it did, I'm afraid I'm leaving the gaming laptop camp, perhaps for good. With laptops, when one component breaks, you often have to toss the whole thing. And I tend to get personally attached to my computers... I don't like replacing them or having to set them up again. I don't like having to say good-bye to a laptop that did everything I needed it to do, and was sexy as hell to boot.
It's just too painful. So, I'm joining the ranks of the desktop legions. I was worried that I'd have to give up the evening Eve couch sessions while sitting with my wife, but I think I've found a work-around to that (monitor shifted being between put away in the corner and on the living room table, wireless mouse and keyboard, ftw!). We'll see how it works.
It's a hard thing to abandon laptops, but the upside is just too great. I need some flexibility to replace components instead of computers. If I'd have done that previously, I'd still be able to keep Windows 7 on my main computer, instead of the crapshoot that is Windows 10.
I'll be moving from a GeForce 670 graphics card to a GeForce GTX 960, though. The benchmarks and reviews seem to indicate it's a slight step up, and the former was good enough for me to run two Eve clients, which is all I really need. I'll be really bummed if the reviews were all wrong, and I have to make sacrifices, though. So bummed that I'll have to prioritize a new graphics card.
But, one thing at a time. Oh, the hardship we endure for the game we love... New Eden problems, man, New Eden problems...