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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

allah_sulu
Jan. 15th, 2007 07:54 am (UTC)
Re: I don't think so
It's not so much what's loaded when it boots...it's when it comes back from not being touched for a few minutes that there's a tremendous lag.

Do you have a screensaver or some other program (SETI@home, defrag) that runs when your computer is inactive?

Would you have interest in making the house call after work,

If I did, I would probably have Richard with me. Would that work?
sethcohen
Jan. 15th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't think so
I used to have SETI@Home, but they changed software, and I removed it rather than going on...it was causing the same kind of lag. I don't believe there's anything else that runs during offtime.

Richard is of course welcome. Our house is strangely equipped for the presence of small boys and their toys. You don't even need to bring toys - Julian has an excess thereof.
allah_sulu
Jan. 15th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't think so
I'll give you a call when I get home from work. Beltway traffic should be a bit better than usual, since it's a federal holiday.
sethcohen
Jan. 15th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't think so
Sounds great. Good luck with traffic.
allah_sulu
Jan. 15th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't think so
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I still haven't been to your current place before, right? I'll have to trust Mapquest (which screwed up yesterday).
sethcohen
Jan. 15th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't think so
Mapquest isn't bad for use to get to us, but getting to us is pretty simple.

495 to Georgia Ave, South. Pass 16th Street, and take a right on Noyes, which is a few blocks past 16th St. Pass First (there's no stop sign) and take a left on Second. We're the 2nd house on the left, #8819.
allah_sulu
Jan. 15th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't think so
Park on the street?
sethcohen
Jan. 15th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't think so
Hrm...you'll probably get here while they're still ticketing for nonresidents. The driveway's a better choice.
allah_sulu
Jan. 15th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't think so
Driveway it is.

And I've got the Order of the Stick book in the car.
sethcohen
Jan. 15th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't think so
Awesome. Give me a call when you know the plan.