October 24 2007

Computer Woes

Computer WoesI 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, CarboniteI’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.

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  • Since they are going to wipe the drive anyway, I’m curious why you didn’t just do that yourself and save the $90. It’s a pain in the ass, that’s for sure, but if you’re going to lose everything anyway, what the hey.

    One thing I’ve noticed about computers is that a good one tends to remain well-behaved and a bad one tends to continually tax your patience. I’ve got an eMachine that is going on 5 years old and has never given me one lick of trouble…not even one blue screen…and it’s a low end piece of crap which I’ve been tossing cards and extra RAM into on occasion. My husbands Dell, on the other hand, never worked right and was a constant hassle until it’s early death.

    Perhaps it’s just that some have some mechanical synergy and their components hum along and others are in a battle for compatibility.

  • My productivity is figured at approximately $75 an hour. Their job is figured at 2 hours minimum, so $90 is actually saving me money. I know it sounds odd, but it’s true.

  • It actually makes sense though I wouldn’t figure it’d take 2 hours. On the other hand, if there’s something that is wrong and needs to be scanned for and tracked down, it could take more than 2 hours.

    Your time is worth more than mine, it seems. ;-)

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  • Nah, it’s not that my time is more valuable, I just get a lot done in an hour:-p

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