Instead, a relative gave me their laptop. The HDD was stripped out of the old PC. Even if I stayed with the old PC I wasn't sure how to replace it. I guess I could youtube it. The wires weren't detachable so it was kind of weird. How would I go about finding a fan for a computer that came out in 2007? I could probably go about buying a different fan and it'd work the same.
As for the laptop, tt was a fine laptop and a huge improvement over the PC but often times it would overheat. That broke down after one year of use due to my negligence. I never did download the ethernet drivers so I just used the wi fi. That was lazy and probably was more energy consuming. The wifi adapter behaved strangely at times. It would turn off randomly even though the switch was on the on position. I'd do a system restore to the previous day and mysteriously the wifi would be working again which prompts me to think it was some software issue or clutter and not actual damage with the adapter or something.
There was a docking bay, kind of like a huge baseline that connects to the charger, has some more USB things, blah blah. I tried to use some air duster but it wasn't just air, it had some chemicals. I pressed too hard and it accumulated into this liquid that evaporated. None of it got on the laptop so that was safe. I attached the laptop with the docking bay, probably a mistake, and the keyboard broke, the screen was black, but the mouse cursor was still active. It was a mess. There was a button on that laptop, a "ThinkVantage" button that needed to be pressed if you wanted to get into the BIOS. There weren't any other keyboards that we could connect by USB so it kind of left like that. Lots of regrets.
After the laptop broke I had no more use of a computer. I started reading more but the posture I was in when reading was bad and twisted my neck. After a while there were days I'd have a constant throbbing pain on the top of my head because of this. Eventually the pain compounded itself and sleeping got more difficult. I had to go through some chiropractic procedures in order to relieve and adjust my neck.
The pain subsided but came back again, and this time it was a constant pain in my arm. I would try to ignore it but no matter what position my arm was in the pain never changed. I ended up taking some tylenol to relieve the pain just because I had that option. I had to take four tylenols every 24 hours to relieve the pain. After four days of taking four tylenols, the pain in my arm had lessened and had become more manageable. During that time I spent most of my days laying on my backside on the wooden floor. When I read I had to lift the book up with both of my arms in the air.
I'd go to a relative's workplace just so I could have access to a computer. My use of it became more meaningful, I thought. In a way my use of the computer became impulsive but the experience of having no easy access to one sort of remedied my mind. What little time I spent and what I had to go through when I used the computer all had greater meaning.
A new computer was ordered and when it arrived installation was easy. I plugged in the power cable, turned on whatever switches I had to, and then I hit the power button. Nothing. I readjusted the power cord, pressed the button twenty more times but it wouldn't power on. I feared these moments, how sometimes there is an occasional part that just shorts out on you. After thirty minutes I realized I was pressing the reset button and there was the power button that looked exactly like it on the opposite side. When I did power it on there was a blue streak of light under the power button and a red streak of light under the reset button. The red light kept blinking on and off and I wasn't sure if that was normal or maybe pressing the reset button so many times had damaged the computer.
The computer had windows 8.1, not a fan of it. I prefer Windows vista or Windows 7 more. I liked the sound whenever you adjusted the volume with windows 8 so that was good. Yah. The startup time is ridiculously fast though.
When I put in my earbuds there was a faint static noise coming from the PC. I searched up the causes, possible solutions but nothing worked. It could be a more invasive problem like the hardware is messed up. The computer also had other problems. It was advertised as a dual core processor but when I open up task manager it shows up as only one core. The computer is really fickle when it comes to multi tasking but it runs newer games at low to medium settings. When I want to listen to music on some playlist and play StarCraft 1, the computer freezes up. Windows 8 is also very incompatible with sc1 and all sorts of text overlap and graphical muck ups happen.
When I bought the computer I wanted to game some. I downloaded sc2, twas ok. I still want to see if it can run Planetside 2. I realize though I mostly play sc1 and every other game I might play for a day or two so this PC probably wasn't the best choice to buy. Do I sound spoiled? I'd hate to be.
That computer is gonna be returned, mostly due to the static noise sound problem. I figure it could be one of those small problems that could be fixed in a few minutes. Maybe. I guess. I used some glass cleaner which has ammonia in it. I did some research if that would harm the computer and after 10 minutes I didn't really get anything. I sprayed a little bit on a Q-tip, took some cotton off of the q tip so I had barely enough to give the headphone jack a good clean but not too much to the point it'd get lodged in there. I also tried isopropyl alcohol on a q-tip but I got the same results. Neither of those solutions worked and the static noise stayed the same. I tried taking a view of the inside but found nothing strange or obvious that I could resolve.
The computer that I used that is 8 years old sits on the side of my room doing nothing. I should bring it to an electronic recycling plant to dispose of it properly because computers have hazardous chemicals that when improperly disposed of in landfills can leak chemicals and harm the environment. I also wanted to make sure the way I dispose of the computer wouldn't give it to some business that is unethical in its disposal of computers just dumping it in some 3rd world country where peoples' health can be negatively affected. Yah, that's what I should do.
I had a lot of memories, lots of things endured by that computer. Even though it was one of the weakest it still was even better than the laptop and the most recent PC I got in terms of durability. I remember my first game of StarCraft one, the music I listened to, the people I talked to, lots of things. In a way that computer was what I spent most of my life on.
Life has become more demanding and as I near the point where I take charge of my education and start to encounter diverging paths I leave behind some of my gaming. Life doesn't include games as much anymore, instead I'm using the computer to research subjects and study. It feels strange growing up, I almost want to delay growing up and the computer, the distant computer feels strange. It feels foreign. Lots of work.