Last month the video card in my computer went bad. I started getting the blue screen of death (BSOD) saying the issue was video hardware. I had no money to buy a new video card so I had to wait until August when I got some money to buy a new one.
I finally got the money and bought a new video card and HDMI cable (pictured above). It has taken 7 days from the day that I bought it until the day it arrived. It was supposed to come this Friday but luckily it came today.
I immediately install the darn thing and plug everything back in and turn it on. Nothing. I don’t understand why it’s not turning on so my instinct is that I must have installed it improperly so I unplugged everything, opened it up and looked to see that it was properly seated into the motherboard, which it was. I plugged everything back in, turn it on and still nothing.
I stood there with my hands on my head thinking “oh crap, this card is incompatible with my motherboard and I have to return it. I’m going to have to bring it to the computer store and pay $60 to have them diagnose the problem and buy another video card. But I don’t have any more money to do that, what am I going to do?” Then suddenly it turned on. At this point I’m very happy but confused at the same time. I don’t understand what happened, why it won’t turn on.
Since I bought an HDMI cable for it, which by the way wasn’t long enough. I mean it’s just long enough but it is more visible behind the tv than I thought it would be. I thought it would be long enough that it would be laying down on the floor but it’s not. But I had it plugged in and cloned on the tv. I loaded Lord of the Rings Online and the resolution on my desktop shrunk down for some odd reason. I didn’t turn the tv to HDMI 1 to find out what it looked like there but that doesn’t matter as much as it matters how it is on my monitor.
I shut the computer down because I really didn’t have anything else to do on it for the night and I figured since it is starting up normal now it’d be ok. I rebooted a couple of times and it started up right away. No problem.
Problem! I went to the store and came back with a receipt which has to be entered into the Microsoft Money program. I turned the computer back on and it won’t turn on. It wasn’t like before where it was only a minute or 2. It was 5 minutes before it even turned on. Again, I’m thinking “CRAP! What am I going to do now?”. Then it turned on…
So I’m not sure what I have to do now. Should I leave it on 24/7 with the occasional reboots to refresh everything? Should I try sleep mode then in 20 minutes try to turn it back on to see if it works? Should I throw the tower out the window? At this point I have no more money to spend and I have already cut the proof of purchase off the box because I have to send that in to receive my $15 rebate gift card. So, I can’t return it at all. I screwed that up for myself. All I can do is just deal with it I guess.
Just when you think it’s all good it turns out to be crap. I guess I have to live with a slow booting computer. It really sucks that I couldn’t just afford to buy a brand new computer instead. Oh well, not much I can do about it now, I have to live with it.