I hate the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death). On a PC. Always have. It’s just a portent of doom and nothing good comes of it.
Friday evening, after something finally going a little right, I sat down at my computer to do a little web surfing. Over the last few days, I’ve been having intermittent problems with the computer, specifically the video, or what I thought was the video. Too, there has been a feeling, one of those suggestions that things might be going almost too good and this was a sign that something was going to go wrong.
And of course, it did. I don’t remember Windows doing any update recently, but I got the BSOD with the little sad face on it, and Windows told me that there was a problem, the OS was going to collect some information and reboot. All well and good. Except in this case, it was not to be. It rebooted, and 10 seconds later shut off. And then power cycled. It would turn on, not even get to the point where I’d get the hardwired display from the motherboard and shut down again. Over and over and I finally just shut it off for the time being, thinking it needed to rest for a bit.
Normally, I leave my computer on for days at a time. Always have, when I’ve had a desktop computer. I finish what I’m doing at whatever time, set it to sleep mode and walk away. When I need to wake it up again, I hit the power button and continue where I left off. I’ve heard that perhaps this isn’t the best way to handle things, but if that was the case, why did MS bother to have the option? And I’ve only been working with computers almost before they had monochrome screens. To be candid, the last time I bought a ready-made computer from a reputable firm (It was a Dell fwiw) was (I think) 2003. I might be wrong about that, but I believe that’s fairly close. Every other desktop computer I’ve had I’ve built myself, and for the most part, I reuse components so I don’t have to outlay large sums of money for extraneous hardware.
Since it’s been a while since I’ve had problems with this particular computer, I needed to do a little research on the Net for what might have been causing the hardware issue. Too, since I wasn’t able to use the computer that was having the issue, I went to my phone instead. Checking some things, going to YouTube as well as a few websites I normally use for ‘brain picking’ it seemed to be more of a hardware problem than software. There were several suggestions about the CMOS battery on the motherboard being faulty, or perhaps the RAM that’s installed in the motherboard needed to be reseated and so on. Both of these options involves pulling the tower out from under the desk, disconnecting all the peripherals and opening the box. None of which is a problem, except it takes a good deal of time. Which I don’t really have right now, seeing as I work weekends. So it’s going to have to wait for a time when I do have the time, energy and patience to do problem-solving on the computer.
Though it does create yet another problem. What to do about a computer in the interim. Expert pack-rat to the rescue. I just so happen to have three laptops available to me, though one is in dire need of a hard drive replacement. Of course, that one just happens to be the newest of the three, and for about 2 years I was using it as the desktop replacement while that particular computer was waiting on me to install a new power supply. But at the present time, as I’m writing this, I happen to have two nearly identical Lenovo Thinkpads. They’re the same series, only one has a webcam and the other one doesn’t. I remember buying the second one when a friend asked me about buying a used laptop on eBay. I bought it for her, and then she decided to go in another direction, and I ended up keeping it. Add another to the ever-growing collection of computers and what not I have around the house.
So, I have a couple of things to add to the project list, as if I really needed another thing. When I mentioned the problem to my wife in passing, she said ‘well, you could always get a new computer‘, which is true. Though that is another headache should I decide to go that route. For the time being, I can make do with the laptop, it took me several hours this evening before and after dinner to get it charged and interfaced with what I needed to have for it to work properly, as well as interconnect with things like this blog and my passwords. Just have to cobble together a method for getting my mail in the interim.