It seems that every time I have a computer error – every time – it’s a hard drive failure. I’ve only once had a problem that wasn’t a hard drive crash; pink lines were appearing in my game of Fallout 3. It was pretty obvious it was the graphics card in that case, so I replaced it – like that – and was back to fighting the Legion. Hard drive failures, though, are much more expansive problems.
So far be it from me to be surprised this morning when my computer wouldn’t boot. It would turn on, try to boot, then flash a blue screen and try again. I figured it was the hard drive, but ran a system diagnosis. Sure enough, the only error was the hard disk. Lovely.
So after lunch I went to the local computer store and bought a replacement – an upgrade, actually, since conveniently the mid-line drives were out of stock. Whatever. It’s just money. It’s not like I have a house to sell and a cross-country move coming up or anything.
So now I’m writing from my wife’s computer while mine finishes installing Windows, which will be followed by an enormous about of system updates, since the Windows I’m installing is wildly out of date. After that, I suppose I can install Steam and download a game to play while I’m installing all the gigantic pieces of software on my computer. Then, of course, come all the peripheral programs like the Curse client, virus protection, and so forth.
Hopefully I’ll be caught back up by tomorrow night, but in the meantime, I’m stuck wondering which of my games save information server side and which I’ll be starting from scratch. I hope the Steam Cloud is as prolific as I’ve heard mentioned; otherwise, I’ll likely not be finishing some of the games I’ve invested so much time in simply because I don’t want to have to go through them again. It’s not that they weren’t fun; I just don’t usually get much out of playing a game a second time; playing the first seven hours of a game just to see the last hour or two isn’t a good investment in my book.
So that’s where I am, today. I’ll go swimming here in a bit to give my computer time to get the Windows updates, but other than that, I see a lot of sitting and waiting in my future.
Hope your day’s going better!
P.S. I suspect it’s my power company’s fault, by the way. There were zero – ZERO – power issues for two years when I first lived here, and now the power seems to go out about once a month for an hour or two. I have no doubt that the sudden outages have contributed to my hard drive death. Good luck proving that, of course, for any kind of compensation. The most recent power outage – this morning – immediately preceded my computer’s failure to boot. Thanks, Ameren!