A couple weeks ago a friend of mine mentioned their system, which is a Compaq laptop was having a few problems and I volunteerd to take a look at it and try to remedy the issue. Heck, this is what I do…or one of the things I used to do with a very high level of proficiency before that damned series of illnesses. Plus I still keep the skills sharp through other means…although that means at times getting calls from the relatives and that is another subject for another time. And when this machine arrived here it felt and looked nice….light, sleek, actually a little cleaner in its design than this Dell I have. And after turning it on, that is when the fun started….
Those of you who have been around these will appreciate the next series of events. After the initial bootup, it would appear to only come up in Safe Mode for about 30 min or so….but in regular for about 5 or 10 min at a time. Then after trying every trick I can think of [including several on the net that the evil empire, I mean Microsoft does not want anyone to know about *S*] and they almost worked. ‘Almost’ like the last couple of Septembers when the Mets were in first place and almost did not count then either. And this was after also running some registry programs to take care of some possible software problems. And it did but then were some others that seem to have cropped up….all rooted in that devil, that demon that lurks behind every error on a PC waiting the strike. Yes….the Bluescreen of Death.
Yeppers like Kryptonite to Superman, the Bluescreen is the one thing that frustrates, miffs and causes nightmares for many of us who have PC’s [Apple folks stop laughing, there are little problems that can happen to them…and as soon as I find out what they are, I will post those here] and this was no different. The screen in this case was rooted in a Memory Management issue. Which said after several days of frustration….AHA this is the main problem [no jokes, even a mind such as mine can get stuck on something]. As such, the solution or at least what would be to replace the memory on board with a new chip….thankfully a former employer of mine has a division that deals in just that.