March 22nd, 2003


sweating it

Last night I slept almost not at all, or it seemed that way to me. I kept looking at the clock, trying to turn off my thoughts. I am dwelling on two things in particular that I must resolve before I find peace.

The first is my computer. It is slowing badly after it's been on a few hours. When I turn it off and on again it cleans up and is okay for a while, but then it starts to slow. Sounds like a memory issue to me, but I can't make sense of it. I posted the question to the folks at PC Mechanic, and expect I'll get some suggestions soon.

The second is the lack of support from the web hosts I have paid good money to. I need to get the beat hotel stuff up and I can't and it is making me next to crazy. I am very tempted to go for yet another host and get the thing up one way or another. I need faster service than I am getting. I had good hopes for the new guys but they have not responded in two days. Not a good sign.

I have to figure out a way through this one quickly. Perhaps I will call the new web hosts and ask for special consideration, tell them the situation. They advertise on their web site that they can get things going quickly if needed.

I really hate not knowing the answers. This is so much worse than knowing the answer and just needing to take the steps. It helps when I make some sort of plan that can get me there, which is what I've done here, and taken the first step toward getting answers. But even so my stomach is in knots. Knots, I tell you.
  • Current Mood
    frustrated frustrated

some kinda promise

The PC Mechanics have some ideas for me and my hard drive. Check if there are bios updates available. If not, go for a Promise Ultra card. Scan for spyware. There may be a better way to have installed all the files, like re-installing Windows 98. If I can get the specs off my motherboard I'll hunt for a bios update first.

bios shmyos

I found the manual for my motherboard online, and flipped through it there. What it takes to upgrade the bios is not difficult but has too many scary moments. I have had enough of those beeps and blue screens and so on and do not wish to tempt fate. I may, though, be willing to go for a Promise card. Perhaps the instructions with that card will be more complete than they were with the noname card I installed there, that never worked.

But anyway, the clock is hanging on for now. I also found the jumper settings for the slave drive online, and changed those, so there may be hope when I reinstall the drive. Maybe it will be recognized.

In the meantime, I did what I'd meant to do for a while: wrote a short review of "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" and posted it on my book forum. I think I'll also send it to Yes. That's my next trick.