Friday, March 12, 2010

Things You Never Think Of Until You Live In The Middle of Nowhere

So, it appears I have a serious memory problem with my computer. I picked up a nasty virus a few days ago, ended up reformatting my computer just in case I hadn't gotten rid of it completely because I didn't want to take any chances, and now can't seem to do anything high performance without it crashing.

Now, I'm sitting here wondering what the heck to do now. It's not like I can just drive to the nearest Best Buy and have them run a diagnostic on it, which is what I would have done if I could. My computer is nearly five years old, which is old in computer land, but I know I could nurse it along if I had the resources to do so. The type of RAM it takes isn't even used in new computers, though, so buying new RAM in the hopes that is definitely the problem (as it appears to be as far as I can tell), is a risky proposition because I can't just run back and return it and try something new.

Aargh!!

We actually have three computers right now. One for each of us, and a laptop that Oliver used to take on deployments. It was never meant to handle heavy online stuff because he can't go online in a submarine, so we just use it when we travel or when Wyatt wants to play games and we are using ours. So, on the outside it looks as if I should just have a good cry and let it go, but we're a little addicted to our computers. This is especially true now that we live in the middle of nowhere and the internet is often our only connection to civilization (I really wonder how people did it out here before the advent of the internet).

Truly, I love living here, but it is so not fun when these kinds of things crop up. Although, I've wanted a new computer just for all the new stuff that came out, so on the plus side, I know I can talk Oliver into buying one now. Although, much as I want to try out a Mac, this is probably not the best time for that.

Decisions, decisions...

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Carrie Stuart said...

I hope you are able to figure out how to fix it...but if not, a Mac is SO nice. We have an iMac G-5 for 6 years and we love it. We also have PC laptops...but for photos and video...I love my Mac. Good luck!

Mrs. 2nd Lieutenant said...

its always a good time for a MAC! :)

Anonymous said...

I believe Best Buy geek squad is able to do some diagnostics remotely, as I have had them do some on mine that way.

The Firths said...

That's an interesting dilemma. Hope you get it working soon.