I decided to take on the task of fixing one of my parents many computer and the only desktop one they have. I tried in vain to get it working again and could not. My brother says my Dad did it and my Dad says my brother did it (go figure…) but the result was no matter what you did you could not get the internet connected via either an Ethernet cable or the USB wireless adapter they had.
I decided to be ambitious and just backup and reformat everything… a decision I greatly regret tonight. The backup was easy. There was nothing on their to begin with. The re-install was not so smooth. You would think with a desktop and three laptops from 5-6 years old to about 3 months old you would be able to find a working copy of Windows to install on it, right?
Wrong. Since there is only 512mb ram on the computer (really?), I ended up finding and installing Window’s XP with some hiccups. After installing Windows 7 which surprisingly installed (Windows Xp was originally on their and told me there was 3gigs of ram… ). I had to manually find and install the video card drivers, audio card drivers and a bunch of other stuff. Got the computer itself working…
Then came a couple of games they had previously installed. Now I was getting errors saying the sound card was not compatible (on one) or the video card was not compatible (on another). Googled it and downloaded a graphics card emulator but it wont work . I am assuming cause of the way the game loads through Origin I’m guessing but I really don’t know. More googling tomorrow I guess.. I don’t have a fucking clue what I’m doing. I know nothing about games. But now I am ready for bed. So screw it. It’s more than 16 hours later and I am back where I started.
Now my head has a reason to spin. I should have just stayed in bed. I think I get kudos for trying anyways.