Entry: A Bad Day at Hawgtown Thursday, January 08, 2009

Daves Computer Is Sick

My computer is ailing and I fear I made things worse by applying my own doctoring care. I really don't have a psychology degree in computers but applied my logic as best I could. I don't have a degree or doctorate in computer surgery  but may have to apply that non talent as well.  Doing nothing hasn't helped and I cant afford a technician to tinker with that stuff.

Yeah, yeah, I know - it would be cheaper to pay a technician rather than end up killing the computer and have to buy a new one.  Thing is - if this one goes down, I wont be buying a new one. This is the end of the line.

Suddenly the thing downloads slow as Dial-Up connections. The ISP ran tests and said the replacement modem they sent because of frequent drop off connections, is reporting better than average speeds when they sent and received data packets. They suggested it was my computer in some way shape or form. Anything from malware, spyware to an Ethernet card on the revolt.

I used my OEM Windows restore disk from Gateway. Pristine condition right? NO! I am still dragging in connection speed.  File downloads that would take at worse 1 hours - now takes anywhere from 5 to 8 hours.  Web pages (some of them) load lots faster but downloading or uploading is unbearably slow.

AND My Sound-Blaster Audigy SE, lost its Karaoke tab in the EAX console.  I got it when I used the SB Updater last year - but now the Updater does not include it. Gotta have it because ya has to have at least a teensy bit of echo when singing with a mic.  GRRRRR - how can a non singer sing anymore?  But wait! Thats not all - and really this last gripe is moot because - MY Microphone isn't working with the sound card.  I kind of doubt the microphone picked NOW to develope a short and die on me prematurely.

I worked up a bad headache working on this thing. I try to download updates - and it takes hours and hours and hours plus more minutes to achieve this goal. Gripe gripe gripe - nag nag nag nag.

And thus - my new years starts out with dashed dreams of being KING KARAOKE SINGER!!! Ok, reality check - I don't EVEN wanna be involved with something as benign as being placed on display in a national karaoke event. I'm  not that good, and the sharks would eat my lunch.  No seriously - Karaoke singers is mean! They take your lunch and throw it in the water and steal your coke machine money. I'm guessing. Oh hush.  I got more sulking to do so leave me to my misery. **sniff-sniff**


January 10, 2009   10:02 AM PST
Sniff,.. sorry to hear of your computer woes.
January 9, 2009   04:15 PM PST
I'm done with Multiply as well. I got hit and luckily my One Care immediately went into action! It's very possible you've got sumpthin lurking in your innards.

Have you gone to one of the free trial anti-virus sites that run a check to see if there's something hiding? It might be worth a try?

I am sorry for your troubles ... chin up! {{hugg}}

January 9, 2009   11:40 AM PST
Aw, Dave, I went through a rebuild in the fall - it was PAINFUL. Hope everything works out with your 'puter.
January 9, 2009   11:14 AM PST
Dave so you know, I and Rob both have been having computer problems. Mine seem to be steming from the use of Multiply. Yesterday twice whil surfing to ONLY friends sites, I was hit with my antivirus saying i'd gotten a virus. There is something in Multiply's programming thats causing the problems, especially withy their banner ads. Once the computer is infected we have problems with shutting down or booting up our computers. It may take a better virus program than we are using. I may switch permantely to my Blogspot site soon. XXXOOOXXXs

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