February 27th, 2011 by

Computer Fail 2011

My luck with computers sucks! In late 2008, I had this feeling that something was wrong with my computer; it just seemed wrong. Hubby kept saying it was fine, and we could wait to “fix” whatever it was until tax time (Feb 2009). Sadly, he was wrong, and it wasn’t fine; it died in late November 20008 – just died, completely fried. (I don’t think the graham crackers Seamus put in it helped matters much.) It sucked, but luckily the hard drive was still good (mother board and power supply went), so we didn’t lose anything.

Fast forward to the end of January 2010, and we buy me a new computer. (Yeah, DH and I “fought” over his desktop like a bunch of kids after school for over a year. lol.) We stupidly went with HP even though we knew better. We knew they had issues with their power cords breaking and such. We got one of the newest models out at the time and paid just over $800 after taxes for it. It did pretty well until around November 2010, then the battery started having issues, and I’d have to keep it plugged in all the time or it would die. Then we had to pawn it for a month in early January 2011 due to having to pay off a lawsuit from old medical bills. We got the computer back early this month, and it “seemed” to be ok. But it didn’t last long.

The warranty went up on January 29th, 2011, and exactly 2 weeks later the hard drive completely failed and died out of nowhere. We had no warning, and I had a 500gb hard drive more then half full with digital scrapbooking stuff and pictures. Luckily, most of my pictures were uploaded to Facebook or Photobucket, so I didn’t lose too many. Most of the pictures I lost were from the last 2 months, which sucks, but at least it wasn’t all of Kieran’s first birthday pictures (most but not all are gone).

We then buy a new hard drive for the computer, only to remember that computers these days don’t come with Microsoft discs, so we have no way to install Windows 7 back on the computer. We do have Windows Vista from another computer we got for the kids (cheap $30 one for them to play around on), so we ended up putting that on the laptop. Huge fail Windows! Vista Sucks. My video card won’t work, the drivers won’t match up, Vista doesn’t recognize it. We did order our Windows 7 backup disc from HP, but it won’t be here for a few more days.

Hubby’s so ticked off with HP and their horrid customer service that he’s trying to sell my laptop. He’s done with HP and doesn’t want this computer any more. We have 1 person looking at buying it (for $200 less then we paid a year ago), and if he does, we’re getting a new one. We debated whether or not to build another desktop for me. I’m planning on going back to school (if all works out) in the Fall, so I wanted a laptop to take with me, plus I got spoiled with being able to lay down in bed with it or watch a show on Netflix while taking a bath (lol). So we’re going to get another laptop. We have our choices narrowed down to an Asus and a Toshiba. There’s pros and cons of both, so we aren’t sure. Both of them have worse video cards then my current laptop, which sucks (especially with my WoW withdrawls from Vista not reading my video card right), but the processor is better. The Asus has an Intel i5 processor which hubby likes; it’s just a tad better then mine, so it will run a little better. But if we get the Asus I’ll loose my BluRay and Lightscribe (even though we hardly use them, it stinks) and my buttons on the laptop for easy volume and such will be gone. The Toshiba has those, but the Asus doesn’t. Both the Asus and Toshiba are between $550-620, so if we sell mine for $600 (asking $650 with a new hard drive in it), then we wouldn’t pay much out of pocket. Now we just have to decide which one to get.

That’s why I’ve been MIA so much this month. First I don’t have a computer, then it super fails, and now that I have one I can’t stand. Vista drives me bonkers. Oh yeah, and I’ll be MIA again in just under 3 weeks with the move >.< lol

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