|the death of a computer
||[Jan. 16th, 2009|04:00 pm]
8 or so bees in my bonnet
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i'm writing this on my trusty 7 year old (that's 158 in computer years) desktop.
i have an admission to make:
i've just killed my computer.
it all started out so innocently,
'do you want to update your firewall?'
hell, why not? it's been a while.
then the internet stopped working.
after six days on tech support sussed it out:
don't just disable the firewall, uninstall it.
what had thrown me was, this computer was displaying exactly the same problem
and they both had different firewalls.
what are the fucking chances!
the techno pixies must've been working hard that day.
anyway it gets worse.
happy and relieved to have a web functioning computer again,
and within minutes i realised just what a valuable job firewalls do.
POP UP CITY.
every page had some advert for a casino or a dating agency attached to it.
'i can't be doing with this' i thought
but now the free firewalls (zone alarm & comodo) both require win xp sp2
'fuck it, sp2 then' i thought with a hint of trepidation (i'd heard bad things about sp2)
and then it happened
the installation of sp2 crashed, bob3 rebooted,
and, after logging on i was instantly logged off.
safe mode: same
there's not much you can do if you can't even logon to windows.
it seems there may be solutions, but way beyond my tech level.
fortunately bob2 came to my rescue.
after 3 years in mothballs
a couple of changes and he's working fine (touch wood)
so poor old bob3 is destined for spare parts.
i hope & trust i will be able to slave his hard disc and recover my files.
there is a lot of music on there...
(data recovery is so expensive)
and he has a nice sound card. so he won't truely die.
and the moral of the story is.
sp2: just don't do it.
my next computer is going to be female.
i'm going to call her viv.
and i'm going to be very careful about security.