October 5, 2008

The Nightmare Continues.

So, no blogs for awhile. I can explain.

In the post before the previous, I mentioned that my new Computer was giving me a lot of problems, and so I gave it the network name of “Nightmare“. Indeed, it was a nightmare to assemble and get to operate properly with the 64 bit edition of Windows Vista. I closed the post off by saying that maybe the Nightmare wouldn’t end.

Well, it didn’t end. Things just got worse and worse. My login profile got corrupted again somehow. If I wasn’t getting a “blue screen of death” with some vague error message, I was getting a blank black screen that didn’t do anything. I tried to fix it but eventually I was left with a machine that simply would not boot to Windows. I had enough of trying to work with this bloody beast, so I gave up. I didn’t touch it for a week. In that time, I hypothesized that perhaps if I tried using Windows XP instead of Vista, then maybe I’d have better luck. But traditional retail channels are no longer selling any flavors of Windows XP. Microsoft has forced the largely inferior Vista upon the world, and there’s little anyone can do about it.

Unless, of course, you’re willing to break a few rules.

I experimented with a version of Linux for a few days. It was interesting, though I didn’t know how to do anything in it and wasn’t really up to learning, so there was little point in keeping it. But in using it for that brief period I knew that there was nothing wrong with the computer itself. It didn’t do anything stupid like blank out for no reason while I was running Linux. So the problem must have been Windows Vista. My other, general usage machine has been running Windows XP virtually problem free for several years now, and I had even been running Spore on it just fine. So, I needed to at least try running the 64 bit version of XP for my new computer. With no easy way to buy it, a completely paid for but totally useless Vista install disk going to waste, and only a theory of what might work, I had no choice but to turn to the dark side (more so then usual, anyway). And when I did, I found, shall we say, a “torrent” of good news.

I am now running a pirated copy of Windows XP Professional 64-Bit Edition.
I don’t care who knows it.
My new computer is now running nearly flawlessly thus far.
I absolutely have zero remorse over resorting to these illegal tactics in this situation.
I will definitely do it again when I get a laptop.
And finally, Microsoft can go to Hell.

Aside from my printer and scanner not working (which is only a minor nuisance since I just hooked them up to my other computer instead), I haven’t really had any major problems. I can even leave the computer on without getting a blue screen! Amazing!

So, there we have it. A huge problem solved by the simple answer of piracy. It’s not like I wanted to pirate it, but after everything I went through, I feel entitled. Vista didn’t work, and I was fully willing to get a legitimate copy of Windows XP, but that couldn’t happen, so screw them.

Anyway, I’m back now. Maybe I can finally do some new artwork. But I will neither confirm nor deny whether or not I’m pirating Photoshop.



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