December 8th, 2009


It's Alive, ALIVE....Wait, No It's Not.

swanwhite's computer has been slowly but surely dying over the past year. I've never been able to figure out what the issue is, it just runs slower and slower, no matter what I clear up, clean out, or modify. Most recently, though, the connection to the network was dropping in and out (and my machine was fine, so it was not a router/modem issue) and now no longer connects to it at all.

Well, the thing is a good five years old, at least, and it's served well. thus, it's not a terrible thing to use it as an excuse to et her a new machine. After some discussion, we've decided that she'd be better served having a laptop instead of a desktop machine, so now we get to do the "how do we afford it" thing (I think we may have figured out a way, thankfully). I still want to pick up a decent netbook for my communications, but that can wait for now.

Meanwhile...well, as long as it's disappearing, I'm going to go for broke, wipe the system, and do a fresh install. Worst case scenario, it's still fuckered, no great loss. Best case, this will fix it. In that case, I'll give it to Erik so he can type up reports for school, etc, though it won't be 'Net connected for now.
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So, in the end, the problems DO seem to have been software-related, because a fresh install made everything work fine. A couple of quick bits of software install and it's ready to go for Erik. Just gotta move the desk up to his room, and once he's home, we'll have him clean off his old desk and figure out what we'll do with it.

Speaking of cleaning, geez, the amount of dust, cat fur, and little bits of junk behind that thing was scary...
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On the up-side, I got my entire main room rearranged and I'm pretty happy about the way it works. lots more room, easier to get around, better "flow". As soon as swanwhite handles the box of stuff from her desk, it'll be golden.

On the down-side, I managed to split/tear the only pair of comfortable pants I own. Bah. Well, it was time for new ones, anyway.