My computer was acting funny (not “ha-ha” funny, more like “I’m going to throw this thing off a cliff so it can return to hell” funny).
Little things. When I would disconnect from the modem (yes, I have dial-up – don’t judge me) I couldn’t reconnect without restarting the whole system. And I couldn’t Stand-By anymore. It would crash without even the courtesy of the blue screen of death.
I expected this to be an ordeal. Well, the modem problem solved itself when I un-installed the virus protection software that came with the system (PC-Cillin – has anyone ever heard of that?) and went to Norton.
I went to the Sony website to try to solve the standby thing. I was cautious, because last time I went to Sony to ask why my recovery CD’s didn’t work, I talked to a representative who told me “Oh, those things wear out – you need to order a new set.”
Huh? I resisted the temptation to ask why my 5-year-old Sony CDs wore out, but I can still play my Huey Lewis disk. I’M SO HAP-PY TO BE STUCK WITH YOU. A woman from Microsoft fixed the problem later.
However, Sony came through this time. In a support-chat conversation, Lindsay told me to reinstall my graphics driver, and led me to a link to download it. I don’t know why that worked, but it worked.
So, I’m a happy geek tonight.