So my computer apparently suffered some freak power surge, with a net result in casualties of 1 damaged mainboard, 1 dead memory module, 1 dead SSD, 1 blind DVD-writer, 2 dead hard disks. And to add insult to injury, I had no proper backups at the time. My disk space was fast approaching it's limits so I was in the middle of shuffling data around, and letting some backup fall by the wayside (for the time being, I thought), since I just ordered an extra disk and was testing some cloud-backup scheme. So I lost all the Octane-work I did up till now
Working in IT for some 20 years, I should have known not to tempt fate. And it wasn't clear immediately what the damage was, because the diagnostic system of the mainboard didn't report correctly what didn't work anymore. It got stuck on telling me all my memory modules were dead, which I found hard to believe (at that point in time). So it took a couple of days to find a second hand board meeting the specs I needed. Because, after all, it was it was already 3 years old, so ancient
. It turned out only 1 of my 4 memory sticks was dead, but my DVD-writer wouldn't read any discs anymore and the SSD and both hard disks couldn't even make it to the UEFI, so were unapproachable. A quick google revealed that a rescue attempt of the hard disks in a company with a clean room would set me back some € 1000,- per disk, well beyond my means.
My conclusion was to cut my creative losses and instead invest in new hardware. Annoyingly the new installation fights me at every step: Windows suddenly decided it wasn't genuine, which it is and has been for the past 3 years, than it luckily changed it's mind again and even offered to make a reservation for Windows 10. Next the hassle with getting 2 monitors to work on the embedded Intel 4000 graphics started again, which I haven't been able to resolve this time (yet). The nVidia drivers kept moaning about the 2 video cards not being in SLI, which I obviously don't want as they are meant for Octane rendering; ...
I'll spare you the rest, but it will take some more time before you can see another render of mine. I'm really starting to suffer withdrawal symptoms
But at least I can admire the work of my fellow artists again!