Sunday, October 12, 2008

Computer Problems

This weekend, we experienced technical problems on two fronts.

One involves our DSL.
I had been missing messages from my home account this past week, and some people to whom I sent messages were not getting them.
I thought this was a server problems until the DSL service from our phone provider quit completely yesterday.


We had bad weather both last weekend (1.5 inches of rain in 12 hours) and this weekend (0.5 inch of rain in 1 hour, thunder and lightning), so I wonder if that has something to do with it.

Last night, I spent over an hour on the phone with our ISP and then in three way conference call that the ISP tech support geek arranged with The Phone Company (TPC). I am pretty sure that the TCP techie was in India--and he could not contact the regional TCP Network Operations Center. So I can only hope that a ticket was made out to fix our problem.

This morning, I thought I'd pack up the laptop and head to UNM Student Union (SUB) to work on two different projects that I have half-done and on my computer. The SUB has wireless internet access. So I started up my computer and almost immediately, it crashed on me.
I hate that blue bios screen that says that Windows was shut down for it's own good.

A computer geek friend met me here to see if he could help.
First, we he thought it was the memory stick that was corrupt.
It wasn't.
Then he thought it was the wireless card.
Probably not.
It seems likely that some program I have at start up has a corrupted registry.
I have instructions to take the computer home and boot it up.
It will run a hard-drive disk check, which will take hours.
Then I should erase uninstall all of the extraneous programs.
And hope.

He did say that my computer is "long of tooth" and that I probably need to get a new one soon!
Oy. When it rains, it pours!

I'll probably be doing more lurking than posting until next weekend.

1 comment:

Kaber said...

mine is getting pretty long of tooth.
hope you get it all worked out soon