Why Do Computers Hate Me?
For those following my ongoing struggles with notebook PCs, here's the newest chapter. Enjoy.
When we last left our heroine, she was celebrating her recent fortunes, little aware that Atrox Fortuna is always hanging out nearby, waiting for an opening to kick her in the teeth.
Yes, my new Sammy - MY FUCKING NEW BARELY A MONTH IN MY HANDS SAMMY - bit the dust last night. And as one might expect, or rather as I would expect, it did so in a way that makes tech specialists at Geek Squad shake their head and quickly hand you over to the exchange counter. Did you know closing a PDF file in Adobe Reader can cause a blue screen? You do now. But that was just the start, because after the blue screen came the weird, random and long freeze ups in Windows 7. That sort of felt like data corruption on the hard drive due to the ka-blue-y event, but I sadly never got far enough to test my theory because after 2 attempts to get chkdsk to run and a mind-mumbingly slow "Windows is updating, please do not take a chain saw to the power cord or bitch slap your computer until it shuts down" session, I watched the screen slip past BIOS but then flick on and off on an infinite loop.
It hits just about when the MBR would take over, but it sure didn't FEEL like a problem with the MBR. The Geek Squader seemed to agree and figured I was better off with a box with another Samsung in it. Which despite having to reinstall EVERYTHING all over again, etc, etc, actually seemed to be a good thing if not for the fact the Samsung I got is
NOT THE SAME SAMSUNG I BOUGHT.
Apparently, in the past month Samsung came out with a slightly modified version of the QX411-W01 that BestBuy now carries. The mod? No discrete Nvidia graphics card riding alongside the Intel built-in. In fact, no second card at all. And on my short list of things that MUST be in my next laptop when I went shopping in August, right near the top was this line: NVIDIA CARD. So it's another trip to BestBuy for me on Saturday. I just hope they have the *previous* model of the QX411-W01 with the Nvidia card either there, or in one of their nearby sister stores because I'm really really really not up for another shopping session to find my next notebook PC.
In the vast, life sucks and people are dying horribly all the time scheme of things, this is not a real problem. Or at least it's a teeny tiny one. So why am I crying about it?
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