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February 13th, 2010

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09:47 pm - Please excuse my temporary hair-pulling insanity
Firstly: Apologies to anyone that I've dropped out of a conversation with in the past couple of days - or the next couple of days, for that matter.

See, I've come down with a case of Computer Woes.

For some reason, on Friday my computer wouldn't turn on when you pressed the on button. This was something of a problem, so I rang the place I got it, someone suggested it was a problem with the the internal power supply, I should bring it in and get a replacement, ra ra ra.

'Course, I didn't fancy lugging it around on public transport, so it had to wait until today, when I could get a lift from The New Housemate. But that was fine, since they were open on Saturdays.

So today I took it in.

Problem number one: Apparently the price I was quoted for service was the weekday one. I could either wait until Monday, or pay extra to get it done today. Eventually, I went with the pay extra option.

Problem number two: Upon testing, they noticed there was something a bit off with the operating system, so they needed to fic that too, and it might take a bit longer, okay? Which was still fine by me.

Problem number three: When I went to pick it up at the time they said it'd be ready... it wasn't. Because there wasn't just a problem with the operating system, the whole hard-drive had parts that were (somehow) corrupted. And so I needed to get a whole new hard-drive.

And thus I ended up hanging around the store for an hour while they back up my data and installed a new hard-drive. Fun.

And now I have to reinstall like, all my programs. And figure out all the settings which I had sorted out, which will be fun.

On the plus side, I now have a 500 gig hard-drive, as well as that external one.


Incidentally, does anyone know how to transfer over play counts and whatever in iTunes from one hard-drive to another? I know it is theoretically possible, since I did it when I went from the laptop to this computer, and I haven't the faintest idea how I did it.

And so now I have thousands of freaking songs, many of which I have listened to a hell of a lot of times, all without all those nifty last played and how often played.

So if anyone knows how I can transfer that over, they will get eternal gratitude, because this is really bugging me.

ETA: Never mind that iTunes bit; Google once more has all the answers. However, anyone know of a decent free anti-virus program?
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

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Date:February 13th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
I use Spybot and Ad-Aware - both are free, and there's none of that "we've done the scan and found problems, but you have to pay if you want us to fix them" bollocks. Spybot is definitely the most essential one, it's really good. Our PC got infected with loads of viruses and tracking cookies and whatnot a few years back and it got rid of the lot.
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Date:February 13th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
I shall definitely keep them in mind -for tomorrow, anyway, since I think I ought to get some sleep soon.

Though the name "Spybot" sounds somewhat familiar.
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Date:February 13th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
I'd recommend AVG.
[User Picture]
Date:February 13th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
Seconding AVG.
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Date:February 13th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
Two votes = I will keep that in mind.
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Date:February 15th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
I use AVG on one computer and Rising on the other, FWIW.

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