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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.


Jan. 15th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
Yeah...I used to be cool enough to replace RAM. Then I forgot how long it had been since I'd done so, and bought more for an upgrade. Me and my ham hands broke the memory slot. This is why I try to leave the expert work to the experts, much to my father's dismay. He always wanted me to be able to fix my own car and all that crap. Guess what: cars are expensive and breakable - I'll let my mechanic handle it, and I'll let folks who know things better than me help me fix broken things of mine.

The upward spiral of the machine more and more frequently claiming to need virtual memory is what makes me think Arthur is right - there's something cancerous in the registry. I'm not stupid enough to hack the registry myself - I can totally deactivate the machine that way. Arthur, who does this stuff regularly, knows what he's doing. Now, I just need to remember whether or not I've ticked him off recently...