Well I was working on modifying Rowne's ChatScroll to try and get used to ace and maybe furthur my knowledge with stuff in general. After testing and having the modified code fail, I went to get back on msn. For some reason it didn't work. So I restarted and now the ONLY things that work right now are firefox and EditPlus...
WoW crashes on startup, aim and msn don't seem to finish loading ever, gtalk wont even show up even though the task manager says it's running...
The good news is I just recevied some money and Im going to be able to get my new computer, and in the mean time I have a laptop from school that I can probally use...
EDIT: forgot to mention that I can't even open up "my computer" and look at files or anything, can't run any anti-virus, etc...altho I dont think that's the problem as all I was doing was WoW and had this site open.
W00t iTunes works! To bad my speakers blew a few weeks ago...
Im still debating whether to buy or build. Never built one myself but I hear it isn't too hard. Right now Im really thinking about pre-built as I don't know how long I can go with limited computing access, and I don't want to waste time screwing up the building.
Im thinking I will go with dell again, although I haven't had too much luck with them, probally just because when I ordered my first computer I knew VERY little, heh.
I'd say, build. I know there's a lot to be said for purchased PCs but you'll care more about a PC you've pieced together with your own two-hands rather than one you've snatched from under the armpits of Babylonia.
That's just my personal opinion though.
It isn't easy. I will be on hand to offer advice and aid if you need it. You can stop by the #ace channel at irc.datavortex.com (I think?) any time you like. I'll be happy to walk you through the procedure and offer whatever advice I can along the way.
It's just much more rewarding.
Oh and what's happened to your current PC either sounds like an I/O failiure (nothing would be working if it was your CPU, trust me on this), it's having trouble reading things off your hard-disk. That could be caused by general hardware failiure or ... dun-dun-dun malicious software. Either sloppily coded or a virus.
When you start your next PC, go open-source. Use Windows if you have to but make sure it's XP Professional (the most benign version). Then make sure all of your applications are open-source, Firefox is a good start. Never, ever trust freeware. In fact, I strongly recommend you always look on freeware with a suspicious eye. Freeware is far less trustworthy than even software you'd buy off the shelf. Furthermore, you'll feel better about having genuinely Free stuff on your system, I'm sure. With that kind of software, no one can take it away from you with some form of shitty license, it's yours.
And if you pick the right software by efficiency-obsessed groups, your PC will love you for it too.
Oh and what's happened to your current PC either sounds like an I/O failiure
Well, exactly what is this I/O failure you speak of? I know all about viruses/malicous software, etc... from my begining days to computers, I've sinced learned a lot about all that and know I have Avast! running and the a few other programs also.
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When you start your next PC, go open-source.
About that, looks like it's not going to happen due to my idiotic familiy and the fact that they can't handle money, but I won't go into that.
As for open-source, this computer already is, I use firefox for my browser, with lots of nice extensions :), OpenOffice instead of MS Office because it's 10x better and well 100% cheaper! Pretty much everything I have on this is open-source and free except for of course win xp, wow, wc3, etc..
I've had some experiance with linux but not too much, I [/b]was[b] planning on putting linux on this computer when I got my new one, but anyway I might not have internet for 1 day to upto a few months starting monday, not sure when I'll be back but hopefully soon.
Actually I'll still have limited internet, but that's it.
I'm going to go with I/O failiure then, followed by overheating at a distance. Overheating might be happening but you'd be seeing other things, like weird cursor glitches and at least some artefacts somewhere, or you'd crash if you tried to run WinAMP with visualizations for example.
I/O refers to input/output, basically this could be the IDE controller, the motherboard, the cables or the drives themselves that're the source of the IDE issue. You could swap in some new hard disks but if it's the motheboard or the controller then you'd only ruin those too. I'd suggest trying a new motherboard before anything else. Oh and check your in-case CPU/mobo temp, just in case.
Actually, my desktop is in quite a bad shape at the moemnt too. Over the last year serveral things have started happening to it that have been keeping it from working at it's best. I think the first thing to happen was the main system fan went out. This was unfortunate because the system was out of warrenty (I got the minimal warranty from Dell because I feel I am quite capable of fixing my own computer problems if they arise, unless it's related to hardware failures, which typically happens in the first few months anyways). Also, purchasing a replacement fan came to be a bother because Dell had created a non-standard plug for the fan power (dunno if they still do this) and I couldn't just go get one off the shelf. I actually ended up getting one and cutting wires and soddering them to the origional plug's wires. Lately I think these connections have been kind of week because my computer starts up and complains about 'previous fan failure' although there still seems to be good airflow.
Second, my harddrive just conked out. It was a 250 gb Western Digital, purchased it just under a year ago. I should be able to send it in for RMA, but it's a hastle that I just keep not getting around to. In the mean time, it's been running off my 20g drive that origonally shipped with the machine (man, I've had this thing for so long... )
Then, my video card's fan died. It's some GeForce 4 card with a standard fan that's perma-tached to the card unless you're gonna use a bit more brute force to get it off. I think I should be able to remove it and replace it but again.. my computers been just falling apart and I really have little desire to fix it. So I ended up borrowing an identical card from my friend (actually the same friend who I bought the card that's now not working), but he needs it back today so my desktop is about to become totaly un-usable again. :(
I'm really starting to think about buying a new computer but I don't want to spend a whole lot on it. I know you can save a fair ammount by building it yourself, but I hardly have the time for that, I'm starting school in the next couple weeks and I don't really have the ability to go out and buy parts (although I suppose it's easy enough to get stuff online). I'm thinking I'm probably going to end up going with a Dell, probably around middle of the line type of computer. Anyone have any strong opinions on what sort of computer I should look at?
BTW, I totally agree with Rowne, you care for your computer a lot more if you build it yoruself, if you're willing to put the time and effort into it (::sigh:: I kinda wish I was)
I agree with your last statement there Ramble, if I had the time and resources I was totally build my own.
So if it is an I/O failure, Im pretty much screwed and need to buy some new stuff eh? Well that would have been good timing as I was getting a new computer, too bad my luck blows and I suck at life. If I could get to my pictures, songs, etc...which I recently had backed up on my iPod then deleted 2 days ago, I would link to an emoticon that describes how I feel.
Who knows, I may get to get my new computer after all. I've also found a way to back up some of my files, all of them would take an AMAZINGLY long time, heh.
Thank god some of my porgrams still work, such as EditPlus, Notepad, GIMP, Paint, etc..
I'll be using EditPlus/Notepad to back up any text files as for some reason I can browse and save with them, same goes for pictures and GIMP/Paint
My songs, are all on my iPod and there is now software that lets you transfers songs from your iPod to your computer.
Everything else, games, etc...Im pretty screwed on. I still have my RoC CD but lost my TFT, I still have all the WoW stuff, but Im fairly screwed on TFT and a few other software programs.
I plan to save most of my stuff to my iPod, if anyone else has any genius ways of saving my data, let me know. My next task will be to take down the desktop, and make my laptop my new home computer...Hopefully soon I can order I real desktop and be back in full!
It's not cognizant so it has to be. At least, his PC shouldn't be cognizant.
Oh and I curse you for that signature, Turan. It's very distracting because every time I see it, I stop and muse on just how clever it is. ;p It hadn't actually struck me how clever it was spoken but reading it ...