So the last week has been extremely difficult and frustrating for me concerning my computer…My computer. What can I say? It’s not happy and no I ‘m not typing it so I did not solve the problem.
On Tuesday I came up to my studio (a converted guest house in the back) to find a command prompt with the words
Can Not Find the file hal.dll… Please reinstall it and continue.
Well that first of all sucks because it means that my data on there is gone… but that’s not really that bad, having so many other times where I had problems with hard drives etc. I have been diligent with backing up my files and seldom even put them on the C Drive so I was pleased with myself that I had beaten Micro$oft in it’s attempts to destroy me!
I actually laughed out loud!
Still, it meant a complete reinstall which bites.
So I fire up my trusty, fully legal I might add, copy of Windows XP but guess what…
The #@%$@^^ computer won’t start from a %!$@$#^ CD.
I tried 12 times but it wouldn’t start no matter what I did.
I know, I know… there are those of you thinking right now that I needed to set the BIOS to boot from CD first right?
Well I DID that.
Still didn’t work.
So now I’m thinking my computer is fried. Completely gone… crying in the Netherworld heap of dead computers wailing in some cyber-world of doom. Crying for me.
Well, I just turned the damn thing off and cursed for a while as I do, kicking things in my path as I stalked around my tiny little studio inventing new curse words and vowing to destroy all computers because I hated them fiercely….
I stalked out of the room raising my one fingered salute towards the new-born door stop that was once my friend.
About a half hour later I came back and remembered I had left my boot disk in the drive so I fired it up fully knowing that it was going to blatently laugh at me with it’s missing file. taunting… DARING me to find new words to curse it with.
Well I was up for the challenge!
I started that sucker up and thought of a few choice new curses made up explicitly for my stupid computer.
But it didn’t happen.
The damn thing started up and booted from the friggin’ CD!
Anyway, so I reinstalled the operating system and all was great for about two days… My computer and I had made friends… we danced merrily hand in hand in cyber space glancing at one another furtively… There qas nothing that could break us apart.
Or was there?
Suddenly in the midst of my exploration of 3D bliss and learning my selfish and careless computer absent-mindedly lost the frickin hal.dll file yet again! STUPID FOOLISH COMPUTER!
I JUST DON’T KNOW.
It’s dead. My computer is gone. In the archives. Deceased. An EX Computer.
HAH! I’m using my Mac Mini!
The one I loathed and sneered at, laughing at it’s silly slow ass beach ball and it’s lazy candy cane attitude dancing happily as I turn it on.
I HATE that.