More Computer Problems, And It’s Back To Windows Vista For Me For Now


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Well, it has been a week.  I thought I was going to have a very productive week here on Geek Alabama, then the computer crashes again.  Now, everything I had important was already backed up on my DropBox, so I did not lose anything important.  But, this latest computer crash highlights the bad need of me needing to get another computer.  I have had this Asus computer almost seven years now, and it has plenty of wear and tear. For example, one of the holders to hold up the screen is broken.

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And a part of the plastic around the sides of the computer is also broken.  Because one of the holders is gone, it’s a lot harder to hold up the screen!

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The mouse clicker up front is almost broken off.

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And I have had to bake some modeling clay and glue feet on the underside to keep the air circulating on the computer.

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But, even with all of that, a computer does not last forever!  And this computer is now on its last legs.  The computer basically did not want to start after I shut it down one night, and the next morning the computer said there was some major error, and I tried everything to recover, but the only option was to re-install.  So, I got out the re-install discs that came with my computer, and I re-installed as Windows Vista.

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Then, I popped in the Windows 7 disc that came later for my computer, and when it was just about to complete the installation, a notice popped up saying the software was not compatible, and it went back to Windows Vista.  I mean, this disc has worked before to install Windows 7, but not this time.  So for now, I will be using a Windows Vista computer with occasional pop-up messages from Windows telling me there are problems with some software.

So after I got to the main screen, I discovered another problem.  I could not use the mouse, or keyboard, or speakers, or even the networking for wi-fi.  Windows kept saying that the software needed some kind of digital signature, and I need networking for internet!

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So for now, when I restart or boot up the computer, I will push the F8 button, and select the disable driver signature enforcement, doing that boots up everything, and I can use the keyboard, mouse, speakers, and the networking for wi-fi.

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So, there you have it for now.  I will be using a Windows Vista computer, and pray that the computer will survive at least for the next 30-60 days until I get funds to get a new computer.  And yep, a new computer is in the cards, because I MUST have one to keep up on Geek Alabama!  So be good to me Vista, until I get a new computer it will mean no videos, podcasts, presentations, or anything else complicated.  Because I only re-installed the basics to survive for now.  I guess Vista will be not that all bad!

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