I Fried My PC’s Motherboard–Part 3

I installed PSE 10 on my new PC, which I call PC3700. The 3700 reflects its 3.7 GHz processor speed.

I used my usual approach to migrate my photo collection to a new computer, by first doing a full backup using the PSE Back-up command, and then doing the PSE Restore command on the new PC. The link below is to the first post I made regarding the Back-up/Restore commands. There have been several since then. You can find them by using the Search field on the blog or browsing the Categories.


The process went smoothly, but it took some time. The backup of my current PSE 10 Catalog took about 3 hours or so. Its size has grown to over 34K pictures/video and about 375 Gb in size.

By the way, as your Catalog gets larger, there is a step in the beginning of the process, where PSE does not appear to be doing anything, no progress, no message – nothing. Be patient. In my case it probably took 5 minutes or so, I did not time it. After that things go slow for large Catalogs, but you see the progress.

Also, during the back-up and I think for the restore, progress gets to 45% for me, pretty quickly. It stalls there and then progresses at a steady but slow pace until it completes.

After installing PSE 10 on my new PC, I immediately made sure that the Auto Analysis preference was turned off. This is something I recommend doing. I don’t use it. In my experience it slows my PC down and is something I do not use.

Running the Restore command also takes quite a bit of time for large catalogs. It did not time this on my new computer, but it must have taken a couple of hours. Then after the Success message appears, PSE proceeds to re-generate all of the thumbnails. Generally speaking you can begin to use PSE, but I chose to let it continue the process and left it on all night.

There was one scary moment after the Restore command was completed and before all of the thumbnails had been rebuilt. At some point when I was just kind of snooping around, the program crashed. That had never happened before. Restarting the Organizer a few times resulted in it crashing again for getting fully started. However, I rebooted my computer and things have worked perfectly since then.

Yesterday, I backed up/restored on of the catalogs I use for videos. I chose to make a separate catalog for these older videos that I took with my video camcorder or copied from old VHS tapes – a project I have yet to complete.

I have a couple more catalogs to migrate.

I have not had a chance to use PSE or CS6 much on the new PC. I have some Outlook email issues on my new business (old photo) PC that has eaten into my time.

Until next time.


I Fried My PC’s Motherboard–Part 2

One of the things I was somewhat worried about as I recover from my PC crash was re-installing my various Adobe products on my new PC, which I have named PC3700. For Photoshop Elements, Photoshop, and Premiere Elements, you are only allowed two installs.

I have multiple versions of these programs loaded on my three PCs to better support my classes and clients. Versions of all three programs were on my crashed PC, and I was at my limit for installs.

Adobe has a Activate/Deactivate process that works smoothly from the Help menu of each program. When you buy a new computer, you simply deactivate it on your old one, and then activate automatically on your new computer during the installation.

But obviously, I could not deactivate the programs from my old PC. You could call Adobe, but I chose to use their live Chat feature on the internet. Since I had all my serial numbers and had registered each program with them, there was no problem explaining what had happened and what I wanted to do. How they do it is essentially give you an extra install, so you can exceed the count for the moment at last.

The process is you temporarily deactivate, in my case the working copy on another PC, install the program on your new PC, and then reactivate the second PC to get back to the max number of two. They do this in such a way, that you cannot game it and get three valid installs.

All you do during the Chat is verify the serial numbers of the program and they set the special activation flags at their end. They do not know what the PC serial number or whatever unique code is being used.

By the way, registering your software and activating it are two separate activities. You need to do both. Also, it is extremely important to hang on to the installation CDs and the serial numbers of your programs.

It went pretty smooth, except we were almost down, and then they apparently had a technical problem and I was automatically shifted to a new agent. But we had to start the entire process all over. I was chatting with them for well over an hour to do this. Remember I had six serial numbers for three separate programs I needed to get validated. I suspect it would have taken about thirty minutes or so, if there had not been the problem.

I am going to have to do something similar with Microsoft for Office2010. I’m putting that off a bit.

I have not installed any of the affect programs yet on the new PC. I am still working to get my “business” PC set up to do those type of tasks, things like writing this blog post.

Today, I should begin to install my photo editing programs on my new PC. I’m anxious to see how it performs.

Stay tuned.

I Fried My PC’s Motherboard – Part 1

Actually this is my second post in this series, but I titled the first one as a prolog. When I found out my PC was toast, I decided to buy a new one. As I explained earlier, the broken PC was the one I used for normal non-photographic work. I generally have my newest and most powerful PC focused on the higher demand of photo and video editing.

So I bought a PC that is going to replace my current image/video processing PC.I bought it at the local store that diagnosed my burned PC.

Here are the basic specs of what I bought.It is by far the most powerful PC I have bought, which is not too surprising. However, it is the biggest jump in power I have made.

Basic CPU = i7-2600K/X4/3.4 Ghz

Memory = 16Gb (DDR3 PC 1333)

Solid State Drive = 128 Gb

Hard Drive = 1 Tb BLK


Blu-Ray DVD Burner

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

Graphics Card = Nvidia 450GTS 2 Gb Memory

Rear USB Ports (There are 2 more USB 2.0 ports on the front panel)

8 USB 2.0

2 USB 3.0

My Hardware Installed from my fried PC

1394 interface Card

Old Drive K – Pretty Empty (1 Tb)

Old C Drive – Pretty Full (500 Gb)

The big differences are in the i7 chip, twice as much internal memory than my current image processing PC, the solid state drive, Blu-ray burner, and of course the graphics card. My current graphics card only has 512 Mb of memory.

I can’t wait to install Photoshop CS6, PSE 10, and PRE 10 to see how quickly and smoothly I can edit both images and video. But, first I have to get my older image processing PC configured to do the serious work of paying bills – I have a new one now. Smile

My next post will report on my basic plan and initial progress. One issue I need to address will be how to prove to Adobe and Microsoft that one of my valid installs is no more. There is I way to handle this, I’m sure. I just don’t know how to do it yet.

I Fried My PC – Now What? — Prolog

Yes, that appears to be what I did, because I had been negligent in taking the vacuum to the air vents. Although it was some time coming, it happened suddenly yesterday. Is that anyway to treat a father? I have two PCs that I pretty much use for separate functions. One is used for serious stuff like paying bills (Quicken), email, scheduling, and maintaining contacts (all with Outlook), and basic information management (One Note and Access). I also do all of my course development (Word and PowerPoint) and web-based activity on this PC (MS Live Writer). My other PC is primarily used for my digital photography and video projects and contains all of my media files. The two PCs share the same monitor, mouse and keyboard via KVM switch.

I have operated this way for years. When I buy a new PC, I generally move my digital/video work to it, and in turn use the former photo/video work PC to replace my oldest PC for doing the serious, yet less demanding work. It’s this practice that has giving me lots of practice over the years in moving my photos/video collection and my Photoshop Elements Catalog from time to time. As I have written before, I use the PSE Backup and the Restore commands to do this.

It was my “business” PC that failed yesterday. I believe it happened during a massive Microsoft Windows updating session. I am surprised it was done on a Sunday, but there were 17 Important updates done yesterday, and I have these updates done pretty much automatically. I had been on my other PC, and when I switched to the fried one, all it as doing was cycling on and off. Repeated tries at getting it to boot failed. All it would do is flash the power light to orange (green is the good color), flash the DVD light, and then turn off for a few seconds before starting the cycle over. A quick Google search basically resulted in the problem being the motherboard or the power supply.

This morning I took it to a local independent PC store (established in 1983) to have it diagnosed. They did not even power it up. As soon as they popped the case, you could see multiple capacitors on the motherboard had bulging end-caps that had ripped open. My motherboard was toast.

Before I left I ended up buying a very powerful PC, the type that serious gamers us, I suspect. I get it tomorrow. Which leads me to the title of this post. My plan, is to chronicle what I do to get back to my normal working environment over several parts in a similar manner as I did last year describing my workflow when I came back from a picture-packed trip to Scandinavia. By the way, again I did not lose much data, because I had backed up my key and not so key files early Saturday morning. More about that and my new PC in the next installment.

Photoshop Elements eBook Available from Amazon

Those you who have followed my blog for awhile, know that I self-published an eBook called Photoshop Elements: The Organizer, which was available on my website as a PDF file. I sold a number of copies in this format. It is now available from Amazon for the Kindle Fire or iPad. I believe it is also available for the standard Kindle, but two-hundred or so color figures would be displayed in black and white. In its original format, it was about 170 pages. I have no idea how that translates to screens on a mobile device.

You can download a sample chapter and preview the book by Clicking HERE. Even if you do not have a Kindle/iPad, I would appreciate if you go to the Amazon page and click on the LIKE button. Because of the publishing requirements with Amazon, the PDF version is no longer available on my website.