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19th-Oct-2007 11:35 pm

So I decided to install AIM on my nice, shiny, new, green laptop so that I could chat with people who were online.  And I downloaded it, and I installed it.  And within moments of finishing the install, I realized 3 things:

Winamp was no longer functioning.

Google Desktop was no longer functioning.

And my wireless card was no longer functioning.  And I don't mean, "no networks have been detected" non-functioning.  I mean, "server error malfunction" non-functioning.  "You might as well not even have a wireless card" non-functioning.

So, tomorrow morning, I will be taking the laptop over to Micro Center and asking them to figure out what the fuck AIM has done to it.  And hopefully it will be something very very simple, because I've already become accustomed to being able to sit downstairs or on the porch with the laptop instead of being tethered to this computer in the bedroom.  And also because I've already spent a ludicious amount of money on this laptop.  And you know what?  Never once in my life have I had a single program install fuck up any piece of equipment this way.  That just makes the situation EVEN MORE FUN.

Also?  We are going out for a birthday celebration tomorrow for myself and another friend, and I was just asked to drive.  ME.  DRIVE.  TO MY OWN BIRTHDAY PARTY.  WHICH MEANS I WILL HAVE TO REMAIN SOBER.  ONCE AGAIN.  WTF, PEOPLE???  HUH???  I'm buying a damn Mini Cooper next year. I don't care if I can't afford it, I'm tired of everyone saying, "But yooooour car has the biiiiiigest back seat!"

Please excuse my ranting.  There's no one around whose head I can cut open for stress relief.

20th-Oct-2007 06:12 am (UTC)
Wow, that really sucks. How could AIM kill your computer? That doesn't make any sense... now I feel guilty about telling you to get AIM. This is clearly all my fault. I hope it won't be anything big, and if it is, then you should get your money back, because AIM isn't supposed to be harmful to computers, it's just a regular program.
20th-Oct-2007 06:38 am (UTC)
Oh, don't feel guilty!!! No one forced me to do it. I suspect there is some kind of weirdo conflict with Windows freaking Vista, because everyone who has Vista seems to have weird problems, but uninstalling it didn't help anything and I don't want to risk messing up anything else so it's better to take it in and let some [hopefully geekily cute] computer geeks look at it. But I am used to being able to maintain all my electronics myself, so failing to do so brings out a very Sylaresque "MUST DESTROY SOMETHING ARRGGGHH" reaction in me.

I want to try to install AIM on my desktop to see if my theory that the problem is with Vista is correct, but if something goes wrong I will have no internet access at all, and then I will go catatonic...
20th-Oct-2007 08:01 am (UTC)
Ohhhh... you got Vista? Yeah, everyone I know who has it hates it. I'm sticking to XP. My grandma has it and I found it very confusing. Is it possible to like, change it to XP?
20th-Oct-2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
I had no choice - Vista is what they're putting on all the new computers now. I'd basically have to buy another copy of Windows, and that's too expensive. I don't like it (why does Microsoft feel the need to change how EVERYTHING works???) but this is the first time it's done something like this to me.
20th-Oct-2007 07:30 am (UTC)
Oh, AIM.. what have you done? I am pretty sure that there is some way we can lay the blame for this at the feet of TWoP Deitrich... or at least at the fault of Windows Vista. I knew it was no good when I once asked a worker at some store what his opinion of it was and he said "I'd rather not say. Just know that I have XP on all of my<.i> computers." Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

Also, who asks someone to drive the group to celebrate on their own birthday?! That is insanity!

20th-Oct-2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
I knew it was no good when I once asked a worker at some store what his opinion of it was and he said "I'd rather not say. Just know that I have XP on all of my computers."

I wish I could have stuck with XP, but I had no choice with this particular laptop. So I'm going to have to grit my teeth, take it in to be looked at, and then start looking for websites that list programs that have issues with Vista.

I am usually the person who gets asked to drive if we go in a group. The other vehicles owned by people are a VW Beetle which has no real back seat, a truck, and a Mustang, none of which are comfy to ride in. One other person drives the same model of Saturn as me, but apparently my driving skills are preferred to his. But, dude, I had to drive LAST year too. But in the end I smiled and agreed to eat the tuna sandwich. Er, to drive again this year.
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20th-Oct-2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
I have a 20-foot cable cord attached to my laptop so I can wander around my apartment with it.

Yeah, I have cable internet and the modem is upstairs. But the city has contracted with a company to put wireless service over the entire city, which should be coming to my neighborhood any time. That was another reason for getting the wireless-ready laptop: I'll just have to pay $20 a month for the city service and will be able to access it anywhere in the city, not just from the living room. Assuming I don't kill the computer before then.
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