I swear I’ve gotten to the point I just despise computers.
This is exactly what my Dimension 5150 looks like, even down to the card reader. Now, as far as I can tell, what’s going on is NOT Dell’s fault, but… Windows XP is just totally screwed up. And I mean BADLY screwed up. To the point the computer is going in to the shop and being wiped clean and everything reinstalled.
Now, yes, I thought about saying “Screw it, let’s go Mac”, but, this computer is only a little over a year old, and the XP install has always been a tiny bit funky. So, I figure it’s worth the $90 I’m paying some techs to do all this (they’re also going to use an air compressor on it, and run some hard disk checks), and see if this one can be salvaged.
But I am just so darn fed up with computer problems. They seem never-ending. I will, however, say this has probably been the least stressed I have ever been over a computer crash due to my automated back-up, Carbonite. I’ve talked about it before, so I won’t bore you, but what a peace of mind knowing my most important files are already backed up and just waiting to be put back in their proper homes as soon as I’m ready.
Never the less, it’s going to be a fun couple of days reinstalling everything. The joys of technology.