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Please pray for my computer...it had a stroke and is awaiting operation. [Mar. 22nd, 2007|06:19 pm]
Just to let you know...I'm not dead. However, my computer is...for the moment. The power went out as it was starting up and that damaged it because now the Blue Screen of Death displays itself when I turn it on because it can't access the hard drive or internal memory. But, we found out how to fix it (apparently Ari needs to re-install Windows in order for it to know how to access itself again, and then it should be alright). It apparently happens a lot and the hard drive and files are probably not damaged...it just can't access them because its memory surged or fizzled or something during the power-cutting.

Anyway, this is my way of saying that this is why I haven't answered anyone about anything, and probably won't be able to for some more time yet. Hopefully we'll have the time to fix it tomorrow.
Until then, Amanda's gonna be invisible (AND hiking in the Pine Barrens on Saturday!!...more about that a more appropriate time).

[User Picture]From: king_gravewater
2007-03-24 10:08 am (UTC)
Generally speaking, random blue screens are caused by a faulty motherboard. Hard to believe, I know, but I had a motherboard once where anything from connecting to a USB device to the clock ticking past a certain time would cause a blue screen. Turned out that the place I bought it had flashed the BIOS in order for it to be able to run Windows 2000 or XP (only 2000 was around at the time though), and they had stuffed it up.

Of course, the big problem with Windoze and PCs is that the former is so badly designed and the latter burdened with so many legacy issues that issues that were thought to be resolved decades ago can crop up again.
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[User Picture]From: rewhite
2007-03-27 11:44 pm (UTC)
I accidentally turned off a lightswitch that controls the outlet it's plugged into...towards the end of the boot process.

I am a macintosh person, but it made more sense for her computer to be a windows because of software from school books and the like.
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[User Picture]From: king_gravewater
2007-03-28 08:23 am (UTC)
*shakes head* Not exactly a good idea, turning off any machine while it is starting up, although I do it occasionally when I panic and need to power down in a hurry. But that only serves to highlight my point about PCs, namely that in a day and age where we plug appliances in and expect them to just work, PCs are the only ones that do not.

I have considered switching to a Mac many times, especially as I want to do more work with video in the future, but the initial investment plus time to relearn everything is a big put-off. Not to mention I have heard the new MacOS is Linux-based, and I would rather insert a modelling file in my urethra than attempt to use Linux again.
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