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The dreaded blue screen

As posted last year, I got this new PC, which I was very happy about. Now, I’m everything but. There’s been nothing but issues with it, and I can’t take it anymore. It’s been repaired/looked at 3 or 4 times already, but the shop that built it can’t find any errors. They say it must be my hardware, probably my mouse or keyboard that’s causing issues, as they might be outdated, and not compatible with the new USB3.

My boyfriend tried starting it up without mouse and without keyboard, but it keeps acting like a bitch on her period. We got new cables for the monitor and internet, so it can’t be one of those, and the speakers are only about 6 months older than the PC itself. Since we got it back last time, the cooler also sounds like it’s from a 10 year old PC (and gives off a high pitched noise like a dog whistle), which is a major bummer, thinking about how the tower is called Cooler Master. Master Joke would be more like it.

So, what’s the problem with this thing? First of all, it almost ALWAYS starts up with the infamous blue error screen, and tells me to be patient while checking what’s wrong, after which is will restart. This is where it wants to play Russian roulette with me, as I have no idea what will happen when it’s done. It usually just shuts down (which it sometimes does even before the error), while it sometimes restarts multiple times, but it also does as promised now and then. Last year, it once took me half an hour to get it up and running, and that’s not how a new PC should act.

Once up and running, I have to click on pop-up windows from various programs starting up, which is so effing annoying, especially after having had trouble starting up in the first place. One of the reasons I got a new PC was because of pop-up windows, so yeah. Well anyway, after they’re gone, I should be able to freely use the PC, right? Wrong! When plugging in my extern hard disk (which it can’t even handle having plugged in when I start up), I risk having everything freeze when I start up Groove Music, having to start over with everything again.

Sometimes it all works, but then I’m so scared of something freezing or crashing, that I can’t relax while sitting here. Also, that cooler gives me a horrible headache before I’ve even had the PC on for an hour, which is unbearable. I want to turn the PC off before I even turn it on, and only use it when I feel like I really HAVE to. Thinking about how I need it for basically everything I do online, and also would like to play FFXIV again, this is really no good.

My boyfriend paid almost 1000$ for this custom built PC, but it’s brought us nothing but trouble, and I feel like throwing it out the window, just to get rid of it. But then I’d have nothing at all… I don’t know what makes me sadder; the PC, or the fact that my boyfriend wasted so much money trying to make me happy, which I really want to be. I really want to like this new PC, but it’s just downright impossible, and telling him that hurt me the most about this whole thing.

I’m afraid it’s too late to give it back, and I’m not sure if they’d even take it, because they see no errors when turning it on in the shop, and apparently I’m the only one who can hear the noisy cooler. They already gave us new cables, and even built in a better graphics card (for whatever reason I don’t understand, as that was never the issue), and I feel bad for wanting to throw it back at them, as they’ve been really helpful, but to no avail.

They once talked about having had a customer with the same issues (except the cooler), and that building her a new PC somehow solved it, though similar parts were used, and the old parts worked fine in other PC’s in the future. That might be the next step for this PC, as we’re all out of ideas. I’m just afraid that it’s gonna happen again. That building a new PC isn’t going to solve anything, and that they want us to change our entire hardware, which we can’t afford right now, and I honestly don’t want to. I do want a new and bigger monitor at some point, mainly for gaming, which this PC was originally bought for. But finding a mouse that fits my tiny hand will be a pain in the arse (not buying online, I wanna try before I buy), and although I must admit that my keyboard isn’t the newest G model (110, we have a newer, but it’s huge AF), I really like it and don’t want to part with it.

Right now, I’m unsure of what’s going to happen with this PC. For our budget, it was very expensive, but also very useless. Will a new PC solve the issue? Will the cooler stop sounding like an airplane from the 20’s? Will we be able to get our money back if nothing helps? Will this issue be the final nail in the coffin for me, and I’ll lose my sanity entirely? I don’t know… But what I do know is, that if I suddenly stop posting regularly again, then it’s because the PC is not in the living room anymore, and I apologize in advance.

The ups and downs of getting a new computer

It’s always nice to get a new toy, especially when you really needed an upgrade. For a few years, I’ve been using my boyfriends PC, because my old one (which runs on Windows XP, whoa!) pretty much gave up. It ran WoW until Pandaria, which is where I quit the game anyway, but it was horrible for Tera. Actually, it couldn’t run Tera with graphics that made the characters resemble humans at all. It resulted in me basically taking over my boyfriends PC for playing Tera and FFXIV, and later on; everything. It became my PC in the end, and I must say, I’ve used it to the fullest.

When a PC is 8 years old though, it’s like 100 human years, and although it could still run FFXIV, and even Tera on almost the highest graphics, it began to lag, show error messages, had issues downloading Windows 7 updates from over one year ago, and so on. It was a mess, and getting it up and running would sometimes take me over an hour. Not to mention that opening Skype became a no-go the past few months, as it would make the PC slow down so much, that it would eventually freeze or end up with a blue screen. Yeah, it was that bad.

Now, I do not consider myself to be a poor person, but a new PC was still way too expensive for little me, and I kept living with what I had, because even though it was no fun to start up and shut down, the PC still did its job. My boyfriend couldn’t live with it though, and Thursday last week, he had a little surprise for me. Turns out he went to the local PC and electronics store and said he needed a gamer PC, which would be able to just run whatever I wanted to play without lag or graphics issues. And that’s exactly what he came home with, and surprised the shit out of me. Or well, at least he surprised the tears out of me, especially since I do not consider myself worthy of such an expensive gift. But he said I deserved a PC that suited my needs, since I spend so much time in front of a monitor, and getting errors half of the time was not acceptable.

I’m a person who clings to her technology until the very end though, so I’m not used to getting stuff like a new PC, phone or whatever, and every time I do, it opens up a whole new world for me, and I feel like Zoolander and Hansel with the Apple computer. Luckily, nowadays you just turn on the PC, and it starts running. No pesky DVD-Roms and CD’s all over the table to install graphic card, speakers and whatever else is needed. That’s fine, but I still felt like a monkey getting it up and running…

Anyway, the ups surely showed themselves real fast. Literally speaking. The PC is fast, and of course it runs Tera without issues. I still get horrible lag spikes now and then while playing, but I think it’s the games fault, as I never ever had issues with FFXIV or WoW. Also, I still get an error notice when starting up the PC, causing it to restart again… Which it does really fast, but still. I feel haunted by those things, and I hope the PC store has a solution to this problem.

As I’ve been using an external hard-disc for years, getting my stuff to the new PC was none of my concern. I did need to fetch a few documents and game screenshots stored in the old PC though, but that took like 2 minutes to copy. Aaand I forgot to get all my favorite sites from the browser, which is a major bummer. I thought they would be transferred with my Google account, for me to view them when downloading Chrome again, but nope. Guess I didn’t save them properly or whatever. Maybe that’s not so bad though, as I have a very bad habit of saving every link that interests me, and my favorite folder was overflowing with useless stuff anyway. A fresh start might be good for me.

Comparison. Left is the old PC, and right is the new one.

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Now to the downsides. Windows 10! I get why so many people try to avoid it all costs. It’s absolutely horrible! I don’t feel comfortable using it, and I don’t think I ever will, as it’s everything but user friendly. I’d like to know what the heck the people at Microsoft were thinking when designing this piece of ugly crap. Makes me really happy that I still have the original version of Windows Vista on my laptop, because whatever people might say about Vista, it’s easy to navigate, and it works! In case you might wonder how that’s possible, it’s because my laptop is intentionally internet free, doesn’t get Windows updates, and is overall just my little darling. The Windows thing brings me to my next downside…

… no Word! As someone who likes to write, not only blog entries, but other things as well, not having Word is the worst thing for me right now. I downloaded a program called Kingsoft Writer to even type this, and it’s awful. It doesn’t have the functions I’m used to getting with the free Word Starter on Windows 7, and it’s really just frustrating. Of course, this is something I will have to look into getting again, but in my mind, it’s plain bullshit (excuse my language please) that a modern operating system like Windows 10 doesn’t come with a proper program for writing. I mean, if it was free a handful of years ago, why remove it in future versions? I feel like I get less with 10 than with 7, and that’s not how a company should work.

Okay, so my main issue is not with the PC, but with Windows 10. Now I understand why my boyfriend was so sad when he told me it was impossible to get an older version installed. I bet that I will get used to a lot of this with time, but right now it just irks me. Error messages when starting up, Windows 10 being unfriendly, having no Word… It’s not how I imagined it would be when getting a new PC. But hey, I can play Tera now, which is nice. I also can’t wait to get back to FFXIV once my life is not as chaotic as it is now, and I feel like paying for a subscription again. It will be glorious!