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Ask not for whom the bell tolls

It tolls for this computer.

I think my desktop PC is four years old this month. (goes and checks) Nope, I think it's five years old this month. Happy birthday, PC! This means that, in PC years, it is officially older than the current age of the universe.

I've been able to live with its decrepitude for a while...at least a year, because that's about how long I've had the Alienware laptop, courtesy of my wondermous sweetie. It's getting worse, though, in a downward spiral. Recently, Internet Explorer stopped working. This was irritating, because some of my work functionality can only be accessed using IE, and we'd been having printer problems. The printer problems are resolved, partially due to the recent basement renvations allowing me to search through piles of junk to find various soft-and-hardware needed to bring it back to functionality. That's not all, though.

For the last couple of months, the system has stated that because of system limitations, it's had to increase the virtual memory on my hard drives. Now, I'll admit, I haven't upgraded the RAM in this thing in a long time (at least three years), but I don't know that it's worth the trouble to do so. Unfortunately, the frequency of this event is increasing.

I don't know what system hog is causing this problem. I know that when the computer comes back from being asleep or rebooted, it takes a long time for the memory to free up enough to allow me to click on things or type. That's pretty bad. I've tried some 'ware to search for freeloading cookies and programs, but my efforts have come to very little. If there's something hiding here and using my system for its own nefarious purposes, I can't find it to get rid of it.

Karen's Mac is also having problems. We can't go down to one computer, because (although spiffy) the Alienware does not have all the range of functionality we need. So, we're kind of between a rock and a hard place. If the Brain Trust has any ideas, I'm open to hearing about them.

Comments

sethcohen
Jan. 14th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
I most recently loaded CheckIt Diagnostics. It only found a few cookies and no spyware. I don't take manual browsing through the registry because I'm aware of how much damage I can do. Since I've never done that, I imagine it's a bloated useless thing.
allah_sulu
Jan. 14th, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
I'm a big fan of both AdAware and Spybot Search & Destroy. As for registry checking; yes, you can cause damage if you fiddle in the wrong places, but I usually only check a few standard locations (unless there's something I'm specifically scanning the whole thing for). We could try to schedule a house call if you'd like.
sethcohen
Jan. 14th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
I have had each of those as well...I tried CheckIt because they weren't turning anything up. I'm not at work (officially) for today and tomorrow, so either of these days are good days to try to swing by. I'd been meaning to call you, to find out if you and Richard were interested in a playdate or a trip to the greater boy-corral of Columbia. Yesterday being what it was, there wasn't exactly time. Give me a call when you get this, or I'll give you one after I've hunted the wily breakfast.
allah_sulu
Jan. 14th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
If I do see you later today, or whenever, remind me to bring the "Order of the Stick" prequel.
sethcohen
Jan. 14th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
Sorry I didn't call back immediately - I went to take care of another computer issue (this time with Karen's Mac) and then came back and had lunch. Karen and I have been wrangling Julian down for his nap, and we're trying to figure out the rest of the day. Meantime, you and your family are in Annapolis. Give me a holler when you return, or I'll call back later this evening if I don't hear from you.
allah_sulu
Jan. 14th, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
We're back, but we're also pretty beat. Way too late for a Columbia play date. Maybe next weekend.
sethcohen
Jan. 15th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
No worries. With Julian's nap schedule, play dates have to be in the morning to early afternoon. He naps midafternoon, or he turns into a beast.

I don't know what Q is up to tomorrow with or without him, but I'm still available to have Julian join-for-fun. No worries either way - I made it to work today for a few hours, so I got some stuff out of the way that needed to be done before Tuesday, so I now have the rest of my tomorrow available.