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The Haunted Computer

January 8th, 2008 (08:23 am)

current mood: aggravated
current music: The Kinks

My computer is having epileptic seizures. It suddenly got very...very...slow. I suspected spyware. When the regular scan didn't turn up anything, I used a more thorough scan (took hours) and finally found the nasty little spy and blasted it away. That improved things, but then new and bizarre problems surfaced. Among other issues, the computer is telling me it can connect to my wireless router but the router "can't find" the Internet. How do you lose the Internet? My son's computer, which was not spyware-infected, is having the same broadband problem (along with its many other problems). But my husband's computer can find the Internet just fine.  I'm using my dial-up connection now. Bob, who knows a lot more than I do about hardware issues, took the cursed machine apart to clean out its insides, installed updates, added memory, and moved some wires around. It's helped, but not nearly enough. And we have no idea what's going on with the broadband connection.

This is a very bad week to have computer problems. I have two looming deadlines, one for the outline of my MySpace book and one for a contest I'm running for the National Federation of Press Women.


Posted by: Allison Stein (astein142)
Posted at: January 8th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)

We had that problem trying to hook my sister's laptop into mom's wireless network. Something about needing a security key (long, cryptic series of letters, numbers, and symbols, printed on a certificate that came in the box with the software)... I think. .... Or maybe is was some cryptic code related to the router security. ... Too many variables....Good luck!

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