Warning: Lame rant ahead
I bought a new PC from a local PC company 2 years ago. It was a decent system, but I didn’t really think it was necessarily better than anything I could get off the shelf. About the only perk was that I could pick my own components, which I did with their help.
About 4 months ago I decided to wipe my disk and reinstall. I grabbed all my driver disks and away I went. I get to installing the video drivers and the disc they gave me wouldn’t recognize the video card in the machine. Damn. Not a big deal, download the drivers from the net. All was okay. With the new install the system still has some quirks, but it is livable.
I have two drives in the system. I backed up my data to the second drive thinking there was very little chance of both drives going at the same time. Buzz! try again.
I turn on the PC a couple of weeks ago and the thing shoots out sparks! Nice smell of acrid smoke fills the air. Wonderful. Try a new power supply. Nope.
So then I start the task of trying to PC shop without internet access. That was fun. Don’t get me started on that process.
I get the new PC and try and put the old drives in so I can recover my data. First drive not recognized. (insert curse word here). Try second drive. Still not working. (insert stronger curse word). Read everything I can on installing second drives. Plug in here looking for advice. Nothing. Try a friend’s PC. Still nothing. (You are still inserting those curse words, right?)
I call the company that sold me the original PC and asked if they would help, even though I didn’t buy the new PC from them. They said they would, and when I got down there, they had changed their minds. They now want $60/hour to diagnose the old system. (starts with f, ends in ers, and it isn’t fire fighters). So I asked if they felt any remorse about selling a system that died in less than 2 years. Not just some card dying or something… but sparks from the motherboard. Nope. $60/hour, please.
So I go to transfer video card and sound card from old PC to new. ISA slots on old, PCI on new. (now curse loudly, in capital letters).
In order to connect to work, I need to install special software. Guess what? They don’t have a version for XP. Isn’t life just grand?
All my data is essentially gone. Yeah, I should have backed it up to an external media if it was that important, which in reality it isn’t. But it still sucks and is a pain in the ass I want to rant about it. I warned you this was lame.
(To al: Nice rack!)