dreamcatchings: (chase: lasers)
I may need to reformat Donnie (the desktop), which would be annoying. Spent a half hour before work trying to get him to work. He would boot and then not open anything once it was clicked on. Booted into safe mode with networking, restored to a previous date and then restarted only to find he was not displaying the desktop, despite displaying the Task page and shut down and start up pages with no problems. By then I had to go to work so I shut the computer down. I'll mess with him tonight. Worst case scenario is boot into safe mode with networking, back up to my externals and reformat. Best case scenario is that the gd thing works when I get home and I don't need to do anything. Might reformat anyway, though.

In other news, it's almost October. October = birthday and a visit from De. Yays.
dreamcatchings: (resistance is futile)
The car place called yesterday to tell me that they had tried to start my car 25 times and, lo and behold, the damn thing started each and every time. They still needed to rotate the tires, which I had asked them to do since it needed to be done and the tires had been bought there anyway, and run the diagnostic to make sure the starter wasn't going out or anything. My first words to the guy when he told me that it had started were, "Seriously?" closely followed by the sort of frustrated laughter the mechanics and pc techs alike must be used to hearing.

So yesterday I had [livejournal.com profile] timberwolfblues take me to pick up my car, which has been starting since. Stupid thing. It does ride a lot better with the tires rotated, though. That might also have something to do with me not having check the tire pressure in a bit. And, yes, I am an evil car owned. I know, I know. The daughter of a mechanic should be a lot more diligent when it comes to oil and air pressure and washings than I am but really. It never interested me in the slightest.

In other news, I also managed to beat the issue I was having with my desktop. I bought four 1GB sticks of RAM for it. The motherboard specs said it was upgradeable to 4GB of RAM. I got a pretty sweet deal on the RAM and had wanted something to punch up the computer a little because I can't really afford a new one right now. The memory comes in. The old sticks of 512 come out. The new sticks go in. Three beep salute, no booting.

Two weeks and many diverse configurations of which RAM in which slot later, I have my computer booting with the 4GB of RAM. I did a BIOS update and then we went in and set the memory configuration to manual and then set it to 667 MHZ of RAM. Lo and behold, the beast works. Due to allocated memory for various things, the most memory that Windows will see if 3.5GB of RAM but still. I fought the law and the law did not win so it's aces for me.

Once I uninstall some unnecessary programs and finish moving things over to Benjy (the external HDD), I'm more than likely going to reinstall the OS on the desktop anyhow. It's more than time for that step. I also need to double check and make sure I have all my discs and .exe files saved somewhere I can easily get to them.
dreamcatchings: (resistance is futile)
Whee. So I had a copy of Norton's (antivirus only because security center will fuck you over hard) that came with Gir for free when I got him built. Due to this, I saw no reason to take the program off until it expired. Last night, it was toast. So I downloaded Avast! (because Vincent has been running that fine), unplugged my ethernet cable (because, um, smart) and then set to uninstalling Norton, which was actually fairly nice about removing itself from my system. Then I installed Avast and let it do a boot scan. Gir restarts and Windows Security Center is harping at me about not seeing an antivirus on. It is now past 2am, and I am too tired to bother. I leave the enet cable unplugged and go to bed.

I wake up and go back to Gir. Security Center is still complaining, but Avast is on, updating, functioning and happy other than wanting my registration. Enet cable goes back in. Registration done and S.C. is still not happy. I piddle around some on the net. I get tired of the red shield of doom and go Yahooing (you Google, I Yahoo simply because I've used it for so long that I understand their search results better). I find the Avast forum and a couple of solutions to the problem.

One involves deleting a file out of my system32 folder, which makes me slightly nervous. The other involves one string of code typed into the DOS prompt. I use DOS everyday at work. I have people type codes in there all day long that flush dns caches, reset winsocks and rebuild tcp/ip stacks. I go for code.

I type the code in. I wait. Nothing. I go back to the system32 area to see if the file I was running the code to update is there (so I can follow the first suggestion and delete it), but it's not. I restart Gir. Gir comes back on. And Security Center recognizes Avast.

I am happy geek girl.
dreamcatchings: (silly)
Final tally:

  • Pentium D dual core 3.4GHz processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 200 GB HDD
  • CD R/RW DVD player combo drive
  • DVD R/RW Dual Layer drive
  • 256MB nVidia GeForce 7600 GS video card
  • 19" LCD monitor

Total cost: $1462.01

((It turns out that Gir's motherboard is stupid and only has two IDE drives. Thus, my secondary HDD from Cronus will not work in him. This is alright. 200GB will hold me until I purchase another SATA HDD for Gir at a later date when they've come down in price a little.))


Aug. 17th, 2006 10:53 am
dreamcatchings: (squee)
CPU and video card arrived today.


Now to call my bank and get my online checking unlocked.

ETA: Online banking unlocked and password reset and changed. Funds transferred to checking for purchase of computer. Whee!

Tech Speak

Aug. 17th, 2006 10:04 am
dreamcatchings: (study)
[livejournal.com profile] timberwolfblues and I are going somewhere this weekend. Like gone gone from Friday until sometime Sunday. Like if you need me, call my cell but don't expect me to answer.

I'm also attempting to move all the data I want from Cronus' main HDD onto his secondary drive so that it can simply be installed into Gir. That's about the easiest way to move data. I will, of course, have to reinstall all my programs, which is the suck but I'll live. It's also helpful that I keep all my discs in one place and keep the majority of the install files for various web programs on my drive rather than delete them. This is very helpful with some programs that no longer seem to have the free version downloads available. Some things I'll have to have Jim replace when he gets back from his honeymoon because he set them up special for me, and I'm not sure how he did it.

Yesterday, my RAM and 200GB HDD for Gir game in. Wilbur went ahead and installed the RAM, HDD and my secondary CDR/RW DVD player combo drive. We're basically just waiting for my 3.4GHz Dual Core Processor (the 3.2 was sold out and upgrading to 3.4 was only $40 more) and my video card to come in. And, yeah, me to get the old comp in so Wilbur can switch my secondary HDD and my 4 port USB 2 card.

And I need to call the bank and get them to reset my online banking password (because they made me change it and I forgot it so now I'm locked out of my account) so I can transfer the necessary funds to pay for Gir from savings to checking. Everything is coming together nicely. Hopefully by the beginning of next week, I shall be squeeing happily over the splendor that is Gir.

ETA: Now I just need to figure out where Netscape keeps my bookmarks so I can save those.


Aug. 14th, 2006 02:16 pm
dreamcatchings: (squee)
So I mentioned the fact that I was looking for a new computer. I priced things on HP and Dell despite the fact that I don't really like brand new comps, and I hate Dell. HP wanted about $1600 for the system I was looking at. Something similar from Dell was about $1750.

I figured that the store even with my discount couldn't beat that.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I was wrong.

Now, we don't have the video card priced out yet but the rest of the system looks like this:

  • Intel Pentium D 940 Dual Core Processor 3.2 GHz
  • 2 GB DDR2 RAM
  • 200 GB HHD
  • Windows XP Home (Media Center is the devil)
  • DVD +/- RW DL Drive
  • CDRW/DVD combo drive
  • 19" LCD flat panel monitor
  • looking for a 256 MB video card

Without the monitor and the video card, the system sits in at $1,030

With the monitor about $1,239.14

With the monitor and a video card about $1,424.64

These are just rough estimates but they're still less than what I was looking at plus getting it built here makes me way happier. And Wilbur's gonna slap my 100GB secondary HDD from Chronus and my PCI USB card into the new one for me as well. So, really, this is the best way to go. We've gotta order in some parts so it'll take longer but whee! new computer!
dreamcatchings: (study)
I've had my current computer for a few years now, and it's getting to be time to look into buying a new one. I need a faster, bigger, better processor and RAM out the ass. I do. I need it. This whole lagging when I'm running seven tabs in Netscape, using Trillian, typing in Semagic and listening to WMP is not going to cut it. I'm looking into a shiny dual core processor with some kickass 2GB DDR RAM and a hard drive big enough for me to load everything on my current two on it and still have it look at me and go, "Is that all?"

Plus I can only control my tech geek, "Shiny. Want." reflex for so long. And I should do something nice for myself with all that inheritance money rather than sit on it and fret about where to invest it. I mean, I'm still going to invest the grand majority of it, but what's wrong in taking about two thousand for a computer that will kick my current one's ass halfway to the moon?

Yes, there are probably more responsible things to do with the money (like getting an apartment) but computer.
dreamcatchings: (snide)
Thunderstorms abound. Whee.

I, however, have long ceased turning my computer off during storms. One reason for this is because even if it's turned off lightning, being the bitch that it is, can still zap you. Even if you unplug it. I know. I work in a computer store. I've seen.

That and I'm lazy.

So if it's still storming when I get home, I'll be on. Because, well, the storms make the Dish go out while the wireless is still going strong.
dreamcatchings: (study)
Sorry gang. Random computer restart means that I attack with a full battalion of anti-spyware and virus tools. Expect me back in a couple of hours.


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