Regardless of the upgrades I received a few months ago, the computer is still struggling. I was trying to play Sims 2 and it completely crashed the system. Now usually what happens is the screen goes blue and the mouse turns into the hourglass so you know the system is doing something. That’s what used to happen when I had graphic problems (sometimes it’d clear itself, but then it would do it again and then nothing would happen you’d be stuck with that screen). Now, however, the screen turns off. Yes that’s right my monitor suddenly says “No signal received” and it switches off. You can play around with whatever on the system, or you can try unplugging the monitor and re-plugging it into the system and still the message “No signal received” appears and it switches itself to standby. What’s worse is that I can’t reset the system. The reset button no longer works. Actually it hasn’t worked since I got it back from the workshop – along with a number of other things that don’t work. I have about 6 (or it might even be 7) USB ports, but 3 of them don’t work now; the jack for the headphone that sits on top of my machine causes the headphones to heat up till they are almost burning your ears off, and at first I thought it was the headphones but it wasn’t as they worked perfectly fine with any other equipment.
So I had to power down… only after I powered down, it wouldn’t switch on again. In fact it didn’t want to do anything. I opened up the front of the machine (it opens up on the front separately from the side) and discovered my new dilemma… the power button had dropped out of its hole -_-;; So I had to open the entire machine up, move the hard drive and the floppy drive out of the way and try and stick the tiny little bugger back in its place. After much fiddling for an hour, I finally managed to get it back into its spot, put everything back the way it was and sealed it all up. I then switched it on and… well everything was fine, the hard drive was fine which was the important thing, but now the DVDRom drive doesn’t work – the computer doesn’t even know its there! Luckily its not my burner, that is still recognised and it works so either my DVDRom drive has crashed, or when I was putting the wires back I may have accidentally pulled its connectors out (though I don’t see how since they’re ‘miles’ apart… >_>
Anyway things are okay for now, I’ve just uninstalled all of the Sims2 games that I had and will have to just remember what it was like to once play that game :\ However, there is an option that has come before me in the way of salary packaging. There was a little pamphlet in my payslip last week all about salary packaging for a laptop. Its actually a pretty good offer – basically you pick out the laptop you want, then the price is deducted from your pay and this is done over a period of time that you select. Its similar to taking out a loan but you don’t have to pay any interest. The good points are that you don’t have to pay for the laptop up front, and you pay tax on a lesser amount. The bad point is the reduction in pay lol, though if its what I think it is, it won’t be all that bad.
I still have to think about it though. I’ve not heard anything bad about it, though most people who use the salary packaging option are usually earning more money than me!