Leaving Windows

After I got that trojan and all traces malware off my machine, things went fine for a few days. Then the bluescreens increased dramatically. It took me a few days to narrow it down to a failing hard drive, which by the way, was the thing I suspected before finding that trojan… So, I basically spent almost two months fixing the wrong thing.

I figured it’d be easy enough to pop in a new drive and reinstall Windows. But, of course, this laptop came preinstalled and I never wasted a thought on backing up my system. After all, all my important files are backed up online. Big mistake. Turns out the motherboard will only accept an Asus specific version of Windows 8, which I’d have to buy from them. Since I was already playing with the idea of switching to Linux, that wasn’t happening. I just didn’t want to switch cold.

After a lot of back and forth and trying to force 8 on this machine, I caved and made a Windows 10 install iso. Of course, that worked and the stupid thing even activated itself somehow. Despite my not entering a product key…

Thing is, I went for a new HDD rather than a new laptop to avoid Windows 10 and it’s so much worse than I’d feared. I don’t like the way it looks or the way it handles. I’m running Linux Mint Mate in a virtual box now to get myself used to it while I finish up a few things I don’t want to try and port over just yet.

I’ve known for a while that this would be my last Windows machine. I just didn’t expect it to be so soon.

I guess this is goodbye.

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After a Week of Struggling my Laptop Decided to Live

About ten days ago, I came home from a quick grocery run to find the threaded BSOD gracing my screen. Rebooted and everything seemed fine. Until an hour later my laptop decided to crash again. I ran repairs and updated drivers in between hourly crashes.

Around Friday, it crashed while booting due to unmountable boot volume. And though, I loathe the thing, I’ve never been so glad, I kept my old desktop. At least, that allowed my to look up possible solutions (I’m a smartphone hater). Got it running again after about five hours.  Now featuring infernally long boot times.

After some looking around and for a bit, amidst several more crashes (now about once every twelve hours) I narrowed down to bad sectors on my C: drive. And as most of these occurred sometime after running Baldur’s Gate 2 Enhanced Edition but never without or during, I figured the two were related. Then in a last ditch effort, because I won’t have

Then in a last ditch effort, because I won’t have time or opportunity to get a new drive until next week at the earliest, I moved the Documents folder to D: on Monday. It’s the only thing Baldur’s Gate accesses directly and might try to modify during or after shutdown.

Whether I was right or not, my boot times are back to normal and I haven’t had a crash since.

Guess I Don’t Get to Own a Working Mouse

After going through about three wireless mice this year (all suffering from malfunctioning wheels), I caved and bought a wired one a few months ago. And, thanks to me getting caught on the cable at least once a day, it lasted even shorter. On Saturday evening, it  split along the seams. It can’t click anymore, but the wheel still works… Good thing, I kept all the wireless ones. So, now  I’m being stubborn and using two mice: One that can’t click and one that can’t scroll. I’ll get sick of it eventually, but until then, this works.

On the writing front, I’m still working my way out of the post-November funk, but Mist is coming along nicely. My villains are actually behaving the part for once. That’s a massive victory right there. I did ditch a lot of what I wrote during NaNo because it no longer fit the story

Back on a Desktop for Now

Yesterday, I got it into my head to see if my old computer still worked and if it was worth getting it a new graphics card. I always looked down on the poor machine because it has a Radeon card and I despise those. Had nothing but trouble with them throughout the years.

That computer is somewhere between one and six months older than the laptop and I hadn’t used it in a good 3.5 years… So, I spent an hour searching for a power cord that might well have still been at my mother’s. Found two in the end and have no clue where the other came from.

I kind of expected to find a rather pathetic i3 1.7 GHz processor. All my memory supplied about this computer was desperation buy therefor bad. I found a nice 3.3 Ghz and the fan keeps blowing cool air at me. And the hard drive is so nice and empty.Laptop’s been warning me about low space for ages.

Now I just gotta settle on a nice graphics card and I’m all set. Provided I don’t blow the thing up installing it.

It’s kind of weird to use only one screen, though. Haven’t done that since at least 2012. I miss watching movies on the side (Yeah, I’m one of those no-TV people).

Printer Woes And Drafts

Yesterday, I finally figured out why my shiny new printer keeps quitting mid print. To make matters worse, it’s exactly what I expected in the first place: Either the wireless function is inherently unstable, or something in the 10 cm between the printer and the laptop is interfering with it. And had I dug a little deeper then, I would have found the option to switch from network to local. Feeling a little stupid now.

Anyway, to test it, I printed my NaNo draft–single spaced, which I’m now regretting–and about ten pages from finishing, the printer tells me that I might have a counterfeit cartridge and starts going on about lack of warranty on those. One, I don’t care as long as it prints, two, the cartridge ,it was referring to, came with the printer, and three, taking more than 100 pages to notice a counterfeit product is kind of pointless, as is the option to just click Continue.

Turns out what it mean to say is that the cartridge was about to run empty, so the final pages are a bit paler than the rest.

Despite my intention to not get into it, yet, I did take a pen to the first few pages of  the mess, I created in November, and I gotta say it’s terrifying to look at all the correction.  Found some good stuff, too, though. I’m scared off the end, though, because I know I Deus Ex’d that just so I could put The End under it by Nov 30th.  Oh, well, I got all the time in the world to figure it out. Especially since I got a stack of other things ahead in line of it.

Plus John goes live in two days.