:: Tuesday, March 02, 2004
for the last 24 hours, I have been in a life n death struggle with me PC..
it's all over now.. so YAY me.. coz.. I.... WON YAAAAAA FUKKAS!! BLAAHAHAHAHAHA!!
but for a while there, damn wuz it a bitch..
3 things I've learnt from all this..
(a) ISP tech support dont know shit..
(b) endless windows 98 reinstalls dont do shit..
(c) simple PC problems need mysteriously arcane solutions.. not a sledgehammer..
and so it wuz, when last night.. I attempted to connect to the internet, only to find I couldn't..
I've encountered this before.. it's usually an ISP clerical error, they fuck up a download count somewhere.. and alluva sudden my connection is null and void..
so.. I ring tech support (big mistake right there), and get them to check my internet account..
they instead avoid that query, quote an anomoly in my records.. and claim it's due to an error on MY system.. not theres..
so.. wot follows is a series of comical fuck ups.. as, tech support.. rather naively turn my internet connectivity into poop.. in attempt to solve MY problem..
after a while of this.. I ask them to check THEIR accounting records..
and yup, it wuz THEIR fuckup... not MINE..
yet, I wuz still left with a computer that now couldn't connect to the internet..
now, usually when encountering a tiny error in Windows 98.. the stock standard solution.. is to reinstall the whole operating system.. and just pray it patches up the wholes.. kinda analogous to attempting to find a needle in a haystack by nuking the whole thing from orbit..
countless reinstalls.. deletes.. purges.. waving of incense..
and I'm still left with a PC with no internet..
so.. close to considering the "final solution" - ie: DELETE EVERYTHING!!
I then tried a last ditched plan..
hijacking my father's laptop PC, with my own ISP connection.. I jump online looking for answers.. download MSN messenger.. get in contact with an IT expert in South Africa.. tell him my tale.. he hunts up a few arcane website entries with his ultra speedy cable link....
comes up with an equally mysterious cure (something along the lines of hacking the registry..)
I try it.. and BAM!.. I'm back..
annoying to think tho'.. that to solve a simple internet disconnect..
I needed to (a) get online (b) try a seriously obscure solution...
but hey, it worked..
so cheers VOWTHORN.. you ROCK :)
:: Spoz 12:30 AM |