Okay, on Wednesday I had a massive system crash because I fucked some shit up when I was installing new software on my PC. No biggie, I had back ups of most my critical files so the only thing I really lost of value to me were some e-mails. Also, I figured it be a bit of a godsend because I could now do a clean install of Win98 without the bullshit software that had been on the hard drive when I installed it into this PC. (I cannabalized various components out of my old PC when the motherboard went.) I figure that with a clean install of 98 the damn thing will run better and not crash once a day or so. Bzzt! Thank you for playing! Bob, who’s our next contestant on your life as a loser!
The first problem I run into is that after doing the install (Win98 1st ed, followed by Win98 2nd ed upgrade) my modem doesn’t work. No real surprise there. It came from the old PC and I had a bitch of a time getting it to work whenever I ran the “Quick Restore” CD as they forgot to tell the damn thing to load the drivers for the modem when ran it. So, I have a CD with what I think are all the necessary drivers on it. I install those. No dice.
At this point I figure I’ve got two choices: 1.) Grab the “Quick Restore” CDs run them, and put up with the crappy version of Win98 that’s on their, or 2.) Go out and buy another modem. I opt for two, figuring that I shell out the money for the modem and I never have to struggle through this shit again.
I get to the store and see that I can get an external USB modem for a little less than an internal modem. Hmm, says I, an external modem would save me the trouble of tearing my PC apart and yanking out the old one and putting in a new one. Need to get a USB so I can have it and everything else hooked up as well, but what the hell, I’ll do it.
Get home, hook up everything and its all hunky dory, for about an hour. Then the PC starts crashing. Okay, fine, I install a program that’s supposed to keep Windows from crashing. Doesn’t help. Fuck.
Now, I start doing some real digging around in the settings. I disable the power saving features, kill most of the stuff from the auto run that loads when the PC boots, and still the damn thing crashes.
I’ve been digging at this bitch for days now and I can’t figure out what’s causing it to crash. I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled software and still it crashes!
And it always does it in the same basic ways: The PC starts getting sluggish, all the lights go out on the USB devices and then the damn thing locks up. If it doesn’t do that, it just suddenly locks up and then reboots itself without ever giving me the BSOD.
I’m beginning to think that Zaphod Beeblebrox had the right idea about computer programming.