Computers Hate Me
I went to Wal-Mart tonight to pick up Myst IV
, but of course they don't carry it. :P
I came back to my apartment to find that my computer had updated itself by installing Windows XP Service Pack 2, which turned out to be a frelling nightmare. After it finished installing, the computer took four or five times as long to restart as it used to. It boots up fine, but when it gets to the point where it's trying to load my auto programs and populate the task bar it just crawls
(somewhere between 4 and 6 minutes). So I spent half an hour trying to figure out why until I found a big list of programs that SP2 doesn't like (including Norton SystemWorks 2004, which I have; it also doesn't like LiveJournal, so those of you who use that service might want to pause before installing it). After trying to make everyone get along for 45 minutes, I finally shrugged and uninstalled SP2.
Which didn't fix the frelling problem. :P So then I spent almost 2 more hours searching through help forums and running diagnostic programs and disabling and enabling different programs and restarting a bajillion times and trying to restore to an earlier version with XP's worthless restore function, but in the end it's still broken and I have no idea why. I'm assuming there are some conflicts, but I can't find them. I guess the only option left is to wipe and reinstall XP, and that's such a pain in the ass that I'd rather remove all the hair from my body using duct tape.
Mull finally encouraged me to quit messing with it (before I really
break something), so I'm irritated that it happened and unhappy I can't fix it, but accepting of the fact that the computer runs fine other than that and it's probably not worth a reinstall. I'll just have to go get a snack while waiting for my computer to restart anytime I install something . . . Mostly I'm annoyed that uninstalling it didn't fix the problem, which is compounded by the fact that there's nothing in SP2 that I wanted (it added a bunch of Internet security features like a firewall and pop-up blocker, but I already have third-party programs that do that and I like them), and that the whole process cost me four hours of frustration (without a resolution). I have since disabled XP's auto-install feature and I'll be paying better attention to anything it wants to install . . . I can tell you, though, that I'm going to be really pissed if it has messed up anything else (say, for instance, causing Myst IV not to run . . .).
Speaking of, a Myst fan site has the Myst IV: Revelation main theme
available in MP3. Give it a listen. I turned the volume up on my 5.1 system and stood in the middle of my living room this afternoon with my eyes closed and just listened. It's cool. (Not as good as the main theme to Myst 3: Exile, but still good.)