Computer equipment breaks. I’m well aware of that constant threat. I’ve had hard drives go down, monitors stop working, and printers get all cloggy. These things happen at random. Sporadically.
Except for tonight.
Right before heading out to work, I discovered both of my desktop PCs are giving me problems.
On my oldest, the shutdown process ended with a Blue Screen of Death. Something about a power module failure. So… fail! I want the power off. Don’t scare me into thinking things are heading into the crapper. Granted, this computer is at least five years old. But it’s run solidly for a while now, even with Vista as the OS. I keep it off most of the time, booting it when I want to update the software and stuff, or use programs I haven’t bothered to load onto my newer desktop. Or to play Starcraft II, which I have not for some time now. I wonder if the little battery on the motherboard might be going out, as I have left the computer off for an extended period recently. Have to research that. Hopefully things will boot smoothly tomorrow morning when I turn it on.
As for my newer desktop, looks like the hard drive is about to crap out. It boots into safe mode, so that’s something, at least. If it boots tomorrow, I plan to back up as much as I can, maybe deactivate a few programs like Adobe CS5 so I can reinstall them if I need to. I know how to get to a pre-boot diagnostic function. We’ll see if that fixes the problem. If not, then I’ll try to copy everything onto a 750GB drive I have loaded as extra space and make that the C: drive. Though issues with my older computer have me worried, this one has me really irked. It’s relatively new- about two years old. I didn’t think hard drive should crap out so quickly. If it’s only the hard drive and I have a chance to copy everything, then fine. I can live with this. If it’s something else… well, then, I’ll be really disappointed.
Good thing I have my laptop. It’s not given me any signs of crapping out. Most of my important work I keep on external drives, so if it does I should be all right in the long run.
But what are the odds both desktops attempt to go down on the same day? With completely different issues? They’re both hardware-related, so I’m not spazzing out about potential virus or malware problems. And anything hardware related could in theory be replaced. I just find the timing suspicious. I’ll need one computer running to help figure out problems with the other.
This should be an interesting weekend.