It’s another beautiful, sunny, 77 degree day here in Panama City, Florida.
And, I ‘ain’t mad about it…
But, I’m not too thrilled about my latest computer problems.
My main work computer is a Sony Vaio. Like me, it’s old and cranky. It’s been a good’en, though. Sorry to accept that been is now the operative word with old Mr. Sony Vaio…
Since I started using it as my main work station for the Far Side Of 55, my demands have gradually taken the toll on it’s abilities. Perhaps, I just wore it out.
When it started timing out and freezing, I ran redundant virus checks. Cleaned the registry, defraged the two drives, and all that jazz. Which about maxed out the limits of my techie database.
None of those gambits worked, and I still had a Bad Computer! Sit Boo-Boo…
Fortunately, I had one more trick: ‘Reformat’ to factory settings.
It took better than 10 hours to back up the files I wanted to save to an external hard drive. And, when all was said and done, I missed some! Dang it…
I’m worse off than when I started, Sony Vaio wise, that is!
It reformatted correctly and ran OK. But somewhere along the way, I lost about a third of the damn screen.
It’s kinda hard to use a computer when your mouse won’t work on the right hand side of your workstation, or screen…for me, anyway.
Thinking the problem could be the drivers, I was able to slowly work around the screen issue well enough to update the drivers. But, no go Joe…
To make a long story short, (yeah, I know that Elvis has left the building), it looks like I’ll need to replace the screen.
And, that’d be more money than I wanna spend on an old laptop which can’t give me what I now need.
Instead, I’ve ordered one of Dell’s business laptop workstations.
And, it’s a screaming machine.
It runs an Intel i7 quad core processor, which is better than 4 times the operating speed of my old Sony. Comes with 8 gigs of ram, which I’ll probably expand to 16.
Best of all, it has an independent graphics card.
Because my research methods use a lot of memory and because I like to run multiple programs simultaneously, the new Dell should give me what I want.
Only paid $519.00 plus 18 bucks for shipping. (I did opt for an extra year of warranity at $49.00)
If you wanna know how I got this deal, email me, or use the comments form below.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are very damn welcome…