My last Asus laptop died slowly. First one thing went, then another, and another, until that moment I realized I was on the brink of disaster. I didn’t know that an Asus began to slowly die instead of going out in a burst of flames or a Blue Screen of Death, but I do now.
A week or so ago, the battery went kaputt. Within 24 hours, my USB 3.0 port also died. Wednesday, I went to open a program and it told me it couldn’t do it, because the program had become corrupted. I reinstalled it. Waited a few minutes, opened it, closed it, and when I went to open it again, it told me it had become corrupted. I scanned my machine for malware, found none. Tried a different program (this time a game), it worked for about an hour and then it shut down unexpectedly and when I went to open it, I got that error message telling me that it couldn’t open because the files were missing.
I spent a great deal of Thursday night backing up my entire digital life; emails, story files, photos, and anything else of importance.
Saturday evening, I opened Chrome to order pizza and Chrome crashed. Then it crashed the machine and the machine randomly rebooted itself. Needless to say, I used my phone to order pizza.
Then last night happened… I opened WriteItNow – the software I use to write everything from short story collections to Dreams novels. I got two sentences written when a critical error occurred and my machine once again randomly rebooted itself. If stress affects sciatic inflammation, this damn machine might be the source of some of the problem. Thankfully, I only lost two sentences and the file didn’t become corrupted.
So, what’s a writer to do when their machine becomes their enemy? Mostly, I decided to play video games tonight. If it’s going to corrupt something, I prefer it corrupt those than my novel files or my writing software. However, the new laptop won’t arrive for at least 14 days. I’m now a full month behind my writing schedule because of stupid unhealed injuries and computer problems. Once the laptop arrives, I will spend a few days trying to sort it out – installing important software, putting files back on it, etc.
And as I wrote this post, the network card freaked the fuck out and disconnected me from my home network because it decided… well, I don’t know what it decided. I just know that I had internet on everything but my laptop. I had to hook up my hotspot from my phone to get this completed. For the record, it says I’m connected, but that the network is not reachable… as I stream from Amazon on the same network to my Blu-Ray player without so much as a glitch in the video. I also had to plug my phone into the computer to get it to accept the connection.
Oh Asus how you irritate me… So, I’m going back to a Dell, that I purchased from their webstore with a great warranty. I will provide an update on when books will release as soon as I have a better understanding of when and how my writing capabilities are going to go…