Saturday, August 14, 2010

R.I.P., My Computer

For some time now, I've been putting off purchasing a new computer.  And by "some time," I mean about six years.  The system has gotten steadily slower and more unstable so that now it takes about fifteen minutes to boot up and five minutes to open my word processor, and it usually crashes about every half hour or so.  Most of the time when I shut it down, it freezes up before it can turn off and I'm forced to shut it down hard.

Anyway, I recently fried my printer when I foolishly had it plugged straight into a wall while some fellows were hooking up lights for a parish carnival and tripped a breaker, so I had to buy a new one, but I can't get its software to install without the computer freezing up.  Also, I purchased an external hard drive to make backing up easier, but it can only copy one file before everything freezes up.  Fortunately, I have my documents backed up elsewhere, but I don't know if I can save anything else.  I'd burn everything to CD, of course, but it's been a long time since the CD burner software stopped recognizing the CD drive.

If I were a tech wizard, I could probably fix this thing and may be make it last another couple of years, but I'm not.  For some time now, every time I hit the "on" button on this machine, I've felt as if I were playing Russian Roulette with myself, knowing one of these days it's going to crash and refuse to un-crash.  It's time to stop putting it off; I want a computer that can talk to my new printer and actually install new software and hardware without going on the fritz.

I used to know enough about computers not to get burned while shopping, but that was a long time ago.  Now I'm hopeless.  They list off specs and my eyes glaze over.  I imagine I'll probably go into the store, cross my fingers, say I want something fast with Microsoft Office on it, and hope for the best.  The next post will likely be from a new machine, which will be nice, since I'll probably be able to post it without having to reboot twice.
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