Putting the win back in Winnamucca

Spending the weekend in the wonderful ( sarcastic ) Winnamucca,NV had a job to do out here ( 180 miles from Reno ) and it was a good excuse to get out of town. This time of the year in Reno we have Hot August Nights,and the tourist traffic is just the worst. We have done this from time to time before and it was mostly a good time.

Hotel Lobby Photos

The Model T hotel was a good place to stay and the slots were not to bad, you an walk the whole town in 30 mins so it was a good place to start. Then some large chain bought them and it went down hill from there. This time we are staying at the Winners Casino ( 2nd time I think ) Its been here for what seems 100 + years.

Side street

The last few times we have come to Winnamucca the gaming and slots have not been so nice, not that I want to go home rich it would just be nice to win enough to keep playing. So far Winners Casino slots have not been so good,it Friday and the weekend is just getting started so lets keep a open mind.

Friday night cam and went and besides drinking to much it was a bust as for gambling, from the Model T to the Winners inn they took us. It was so bad that we decided to come home on Saturday instead of Sunday.

Maybe next time Winnamucca……

To Vegas and back

A weekend away to see a Radio/Podcast show I have been listening to for years. The Mike O Meara show is a podcast I have been listening to for years, and I have been to a few of the live shows before. But never in Vegas, that a horse of a different color. Driving from Reno to Vegas was the first task that needed to be done and on the way down its always best to go halfway. Between the 2 cities, it Tonopah, Nevada, we stayed at the Tonopan Station last time so we wanted to try something new this time.

The Mizpah hotel was what we decided at this time, and I think it was a good choice. What a page of Nevada history to visit. The wood bars and chandeliers in the lobby were impressive, and the old vault was not a treasure trove of old memorabilia.

The staff was friendly ( and way overworked ) the bartender was giving out drinks at the bar on the floor and was the person at the cash out cage. At the bar, while we were gaming they said they could not “comp” the drinks ( gin and club and 7 and 7 ) but could discount them and I found that odd, as for the same drinks in Reno and Vegas the drinks are on the house if you are gaming enough money.

 

Next pit stop was more or less just photo shoots on the way, I guess now would be a good time to explain why we are going to Vegas. There was a Radio¬† ( Don and Mike )show that turned into a podcast ( The Mike O’Meara Show )¬† that is doing a live Las Vegas show that I wanted to see. I have been to the live shows they have done before and have a great time every time I go.

Then there is the Vegas factor, the wife got us tickets to see Cher Saturday night and I have never seen her so good time will be had by all. What I mean about the “Vegas factor” is the booze, the day of the TMOS show by the time we got there after the long drive I was feeling no pain. And the bar at the show was pouring some good drinks. Needless to say, I got way too drunk to fast and once the bar at the show closed I was out of there, missed a good half of the show.

Now Saturday rolls around and in Vegas, the drinks start early, as you know. Can you see where this is going? I should say the Cher show from what I remember was great, loved the way she talked to the crowd and the costume changes were awesome.

ASUS and Bad Customer Service

So this started years ago ASUS was the top of the line motherboards and still might be, but whoever from ASUS said we should branch out should be fired. I never had a problem with one of the motherboards,but this time was different. When I need a new “gaming” computer I ask for parts over time, fathers day and then birthdays and so on.

Got all the parts I needed to get the build up and running, new everything. Built the computer and everything was working fine,the motherboard was a gift from Amazon months ago. Now 99% of the time I would not use the “onboard” sound on a board,I have almost always used a Sound Blaster card for sound. But this time with the micro board it would not fit without blocking the fan for video or cutting off the USB connection for the case.

After about 2 weeks it lock’s up to the point I have to hard boot the computer and still it will not come back to life. I had to turn off the power to the board to get Windows to reboot. Finding out the sound card on the board was not working or taking drivers. I started the RMA process , knowing from the grape-vine this is going to take a while.

Not willing to wait the month it was going to take to get it back I order another motherboard same model. I put all the same parts back and booted it up, FIRST going into the bios and disabling the on-board sound. It booted up and knock of wood I have had almost no problems with it ( 1803 from Microsoft was a bitch ) .

Now the fun begins with ASUS……

I get the board back from ASUS and they say they can not find a problem with it, after about a week of emails back and forth. Seems who ever responds to the email is not on west coast time because it takes a day to get a response, that’s bad ASUS. They send me a “report” and photos of that they tested and it looks like the ethernet card is what they were looking at , nothing about what I reported “on-board sound” problems.

So the emails and Facebook chats start going and after about a month I get passed the regular support team to a ” customer retention” person ( Rodel L at ASUS ) cl-rodel@asus.com and since then I had given the motherboard they said was good away to someone who could not afford one for testing/use.

Now talking with Rodel via email I thought as a ASUS rep he was going to send me a replacement motherboard for the one that was not working . I thought wrong , they would send a “new” one to me when they could get one in stock (you make the dam things you don’t have one in stock ! ) and IF I sent the other one back to them. I explained I didn’t have it and that was another 2 weeks of emails .

Dam this is a long story you are thinking….now you know how I feel.

Rodel from ASUS was refusing to help and I ended the email conversation with ” I CAN”T ANYMORE”.

So ASUS don’t stand by their motherboards anymore…

Asus customer service is not trained to read emails to them….

Sorry but “I don’t think” english is taught to them well enough…

ASUS customer service is useless….