November 21, 2005
I’ve just realized I’m slowly but surely becoming a computer geek. Now I wouldn’t say I should go out and put up a sign, directing people to come to my home if they’ve got computer woes and that I’m able to fix them for a fee. BUT in the past few months, I’ve had to repair my own computer when certain problems have cropped up and caused me tremendous anguish (what can I say? I love my ‘puter). If there’s one thing about me, I’m persistant. I don’t give up easily. If I put my mind to something, I usually can accomplish it, if I want it bad enough. And I’ve wanted this real bad….the sound on my computer. It quit, out of the blue about 2 months ago. Poof. One minute it was there…I was happily surfing the net, listening to my music and then out of the blue, all was silent…well except for Treehouse TV in the background. I thought maybe one of my speakers came unplugged or something inadvertantly got unhooked from under the desk. After careful investigating, I came to realize it was my computer, not just a loose wire. You don’t know how much you miss something until it’s gone and boy oh boy did I miss my sound. I missed it like a dog misses licking his balls after being neutered. My friends would send me links and say, “OMG look at this…listen to what the guy says at the end.” Ya, well I can’t even hear what the dude says at the beginning because I have NO SOUND. I posted at computer help groups, followed all suggestions to the T and still no results. Then I thought, well my sound card is shot, so I sent hubby out to buy me a new one. The tech guy at the shop said, well a new sound card will not help…sounds like you have a corrupt file in Windows or Windows itself is screwed. Well, that is just not acceptable. Everyone keeps telling me to go to WinXP but I’m hooked on my old fashioned, out of style, fuddy duddy Win 98. I refuse to let it go without a fight. I’m weird that way. So Eff the sound card, Eff going to WinXP, Eff them all. Whoever “them” are. Just sounded good. Hubby’s friend also suggested getting rid of Win98 and, you guessed it, going to WinXP. Get over it people, I’m not switching unless it’s the last damn resort I have. I’m nothing if not persistant. So for weeks, I’ve sniffed out possible “fixes” and nothing. I downloaded this and that and the other thing and still no results. It was really getting annoying having absolutely no sound, hearing no music, not hearing the countdown or countup, whichever it is, when my computer reboots……4, 3, 2, 1…..BOOM BOOM BOOM. I love my reboot noises. And when I download a file, it sounds like BOOOOMP. I didn’t realize how much I loved that sound and how much I missed it. I know, it sounds like I’m talking about a long, lost love and it sounds a tad creepy but whatever. Weird, I mentioned I’m weird…remember? Stay with me here people. Anyhoooo, so after weeks and weeks of no luck, I was almost ready to claim defeat. I almost betrayed my Win98 and was seriously thinking about reinstalling Windows and this time it would be…….. XP. **Insert loud, shocked, disbelieving gasp here** Gawd. I came so close. But today, I had a new frame of mind and a brand new determination to get my sound back. So I searched my computer, found that I was missing a few “dll” files (excuse my super technical computer jargon…..ummmmmm ya.) and thinking I needed to replace a couple of “drivers” (again, pardon my techno lingo). So I began the tedious search of trying to find what I needed. Found one site that I was sure had a fix, downloaded the file and then NOTHING. I may as well have stuck my finger up my ass and twirled on it because it was totally pointless in downloading this file. I was crushed. Heartbroken. I want my sound dammit! So back to the drawing board I go and finally figured out what I was missing and went on another search. Found what I thought was the correct files and drivers and after 35 minutes of downloading crap (more tech talk), I was kinda hoping it would work. I rebooted my baby but my heart sank, no sound….BUT then after about 10 seconds….IT FREAKIN’ WORKED! I was so thrilled, I had actually fixed my computer! I’m telling you, I was extremely elated, so excited that I almost peed my pants (shhhhh, don’t tell anyone)….I may have dribbled, but anyways, who cares? What’s a little pee? I fixed my sound people! I may not know jack crap about html at this point but give me a computer with no sound and hey, eventually I can get it working for you. I swear it’s the little things in life that make us go, Woo Hoo! So does this make me a computer geek? Well I’m thinking I could be on my way.