My new fancy

Jan 13

I want it… More info here.

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Computer trials and tribulations!

Mar 31

Well – I know I work in IT but really! Sometimes I properly hate computers… A while back I rebuilt my machine at home with a new motherboard, memory and groovy dual core processor. It had had an AMD single core in there and without too much hassle I had a much better performing machine. (Well after a motherboard failure, memory issues, and ending up with one more motherboard than required but that is history!) The computer performs well enough – photoshop, lightroom, games of not too modern a nature. But I twigged (after a long time) that only one core was showing in task manager performance. And this went hand in hand when the computer would hang on certain operations – like starting up outlook – when you might think a core 2 duo would easily cope. And as it turns out my machine has been running at half mast! So I turn to the internet to help with the problem – it turns out when you go from single to dual core, windows XP may need to be re(pair)installed. There is something called the HAL (hardware abstraction layer) which is not reconfigurable any other way. So I tried a few suggestions that claimed to avoid reinstall on the internet, changing a file here and there, disabling my machine in the process. One restore of the files I had moved in windows safe mode later, I realised I needed to do it the proper way. So I got my windows XP install disc, did a repair install of windows and after a few oddities – couple of hangs, couple of crashes – just kept retrying – got windows back. Then I had to patch it back up and this was a nightmare. Windows update just didn’t work, so I downloaded service pack 3 off the microsoft site (no mean feat to find). That wasn’t much help as it wouldn’t install without SP2 (contrary to what I thought it said on the MS site). So got SP2 and installed that, took several tries as it kept hanging. For hours during the install. Turns out there was a process running that conflicted with SP” installation – when I killed that...

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