Tonight, I've rediscovered that I hate troubleshooting computer hardware. Over five hours ago I sat down to write some code (I like writing code). However, my computer crashes everytime I use the eyedropper tool in Photoshop. Yeah. Weird. Definately seems like a hardware problem of some sort. Program crashes don't generally give you BSODs nowadays.

Well, I've messed around with the RAM timings, flashed the BIOS, downloaded drivers galore, and I'm still having the same problem. Darn. I was hoping to get some more milage out of this setup.

Unfortunately, if I want to upgrade the motherboard (I think it's the problem here. I've been having problems with the USB ports on it) I'll also need to upgrade the CPU, memory, video card, and most likely the power supply too. At least I can still use the case and hard drive.

So if I replace all that, why not just buy a new computer from Dell or something? It may be about the same price. Well, the hardware wouldn't be as good, but at least I wouldn't have to mess with it. It would just work.

I definately like programming, but I definately don't like troubleshooting hardware.


nate said...

Ever thought of going mac?
Just gotta MacBookPro from work, it rocks.

josephs2877 said...

Refurbed Dell is the way to go IMHO. Same warranty as a new computer and you save a ton.

Prizrak said...


Heh. I have a MacBook Pro, but unfortunately, they are not problem-free either. I have seen a fair share of "kernel panic" screens, lost my settings, etc. I still like it a lot though. :)

KBAB said...

I don't understand any of what you just said.