RIP Lappy

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

So last week, Wednesday the 19th, my laptop flatlined. I didn’t see it coming. I’ve only had it for a year and a half. My husband still has my old laptop which is almost 4 years old, and it’s doing great. But not mine. Maybe I abused it. Maybe it couldn’t take the constant work. The drawing, simming, drawing, chatting, drawing, drawing drawing. Maybe it was all too much. Whatever it was, it checked out on Wednesday night never to revive again.

After much research, all signs pointed to a motherboard issue. Fortunately, I was able to remove the hard drive and back up everything since the hard drive was unscathed. But when I took it in for repairs 5 days later (because, as is decreed by Murphy’s Law, this all happened right before Easter vacation. ) I was told it would have to be sent to the manufacturer. And that could take weeks, at minimum. Ha. Not a chance. I’d already been without a computer for almost a week and I was starting to hallucinate and snap at anything within a 10 foot radius. There was no way I was going to wait that long to see if something could be fixed.

So the decision was made. I’d have to buy a new computer. And after a few days of research, a lot of advice and a crap-load of assvice*, I came to the conclusion that all was lost and I will never have a computer as fantastic as my Lappy ever again. Thing was that I wanted XP again. And you can’t get it anywhere on a computer now because it’s all blood-sucking Vista. So I settled for that I would buy one of these Vista machines and buy XP later if I found it absolutely necessary. Also? For some reason it seemed like every graphic card on these machines weren’t good enough for Sims 2 either (unless I was willing to shell out a lot of krona. Which I sure as hell was not.)

But then I found it. The dream machine. A machine that had BOTH Vista and XP on it, allowing me to downgrade or upgrade with ease. And cheap too, so I could buy an awesome graphic card and any other component I needed and put it all in myself (because I had decided to enter back into the world of desktops). So after a few days of assembling and setting up, here I am.** Back on track and with a monster computer that has everything I need and then some.

Oh yeah, and I did give Vista a shot. Really, I did. But after issue after issue of Vista not recognizing a simple little wireless card, I whipped out that downgrade disk and settled comfortably back into XP-land. A place I trust and love. Vista, you may be all looks, but XP is all substance. And let’s face it, basing something only on looks are only good for a short while before you just get bored.

*assvice is unwanted, useless and annoying advice.

** While I may make myself sound like I put this thing together, none of that is true. I refuse to actually go inside a computer and touch anything, because I’m convinced that the simple brush of my finger will send everything straight to hell. So I let my computer-minded hubby do all that mechanical stuff.

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4 Responses to “RIP Lappy”

  1. OK, first you and my husband quit your hellish jobs within days of each other, then your ‘puter and mine die within days of each other… I feel a cosmic connection going on here… LMAO

  2. If I get a new PC or laptop, I’m not sure I’d want Vista. I don’t like change!

  3. LOL, I had no choice when it came to Vista, so I decided I was going to like it no matter what. Otherwise, I was afraid I’d get into a mindset where it wasn’t fun to be on the ‘puter. I get annoyed with all the “Are you sure you want to do that?” stuff, but it only takes a second to click on yes.

  4. Been using Vista for over a year now. Would never go back.

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