Some More Tech-Related Headaches

The day before yesterday, I talked about a few troublesome tech problems that happened to me last week. I thought that my ordeal with technological annoyances is over, at least for a while. However, my optimism proved me wrong.

Earlier, when I was using my computer, I encountered a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death). Once the computer restarted, I read the crash log and I felt that the problem was software-related, though I’m not quite sure. While reading the log, another BSOD occurred (So, yeah, I haven’t finished reading it yet). When I tried to reboot my computer once again, this appeared:

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I contacted Microsoft and asked what may be the source of this error. A genius there kept insisting that this error was hardware-related and that this happened to older computers a lot even after I explained that my rig was only half a year old and that I had already confirmed that all the hardware function properly. To avoid any more irritating inconveniences, I just opted to restore my PC to a previous state using a system image, which is thankfully only one week old. After finishing, the computer didn’t crash again.

I suspect that this was caused by corrupted system files since my system drivers are configured properly and I doubt that malware is involved. But I wouldn’t care about it too much as it’s resolved now.

After solving this issue, my internet connection suddenly lost without any reason. When I reported it to my ISP, they said that my connection has no problem. Apparently, they can check my internet connection by some means in their office, though I don’t know how it works. So, I was told to “verify if the cords are properly connected”, “make sure to shut down the broadband and the router for five minutes”, and other nonsense. Of course, I already did all of these before I called and they didn’t work.

Fortunately, when I did a hard reset of the router once more (I already did it two times), the internet came back.

I really hope that is really the end of this string of my tech-related misfortunes. But then, why do I feel that I just jinxed myself…

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27 thoughts on “Some More Tech-Related Headaches

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  2. Some days computers just hate us. I have two PCs, two laptops, two tablets, a Android phone, and two in-laws who can barely use their IPhones. I get many headaches when dealing with technology. After being away from my PCs for three and a half weeks, both PCs felt the need to perform the Windows Update. What I have learned with Windows updates, if I make the computer wait to perform the updates, the performance of the computer gradually declines until it is updated. At 9:30 p.m. one of the computer’s screen turn on and started doing a auto repair. The Window update broke my PC. After the repair failed, and the restore failed, my only option was reset the computer. The plus from this situation was that this computer only had a few programs installed and no important data is stored on this PC.

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  3. Some days computers just hate us. I have two PCs, two laptops, two tablets, a Android phone, and two in-laws who can barely use their IPhones. I get many headaches when dealing with technology. After being away from my PCs for three and a half weeks, both PCs felt the need to perform the Windows Update. What I have learned with Windows updates, if I make the computer wait to perform the updates, the performance of the computer gradually declines until it is updated. At 9:30 p.m. one of the computer’s screen turn on and started doing a auto repair. The Window update broke my PC. After the repair failed, and the restore failed, my only option was reset the computer. The plus from this situation was that this computer only had a few programs installed and no important data is stored on this PC.

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  4. We’ve had nothing but headaches from M$ updates of late. A few updates ago, it wiped all my sound settings with no notice. A few days later when it updated my spouse’s computer, same problem. This new set up they put in is ridiculous because it now takes more steps to swap between listening or recording devices. Before you could simply right click one icon, not it’s two levels deep because you have to disable what they want you to be using even if you have your preference set to default. It’s ridiculous.

    Last Friday, I had a similar issue with suddenly not having internet connection. Given the hour, I thought “Oh great, another no one is awake at 3am unannounced maintenance. Nope. Hour later, still nothing. After restarting my router first (we don’t “rent” our providers, we own), then calling their tech which at first forced me to go through a robo operator reboot, nothing. So I call back and eventually get a human. While I was on the phone with her and nothing she was doing on her end was helping, I said, “Let me just try something since this is Windows 10 which has been nothing but a headache. I’m going to restart the computer.” She says fine, we wait. Sure enough, the reboot did it.

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    1. That’s why I regularly do a system image backup (using a third party software of course because I don’t trus the built-it software). So when nonsense such as this happens, I can easily roll back to a previous version. Also, automatic updates should be turned off. The updates should be installed manually.

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  5. I have the greatest sympathy for you. I hate it when I call up support for the internet and they put me through the whole disconnect, wait, wait , wait etc even when I tell them I have already done all that. sometimes I want to yell at them that I have been working on computers since they did not have HARD DRIVES. Yup the good old days of the floppies and the C prompt. When windows first arrived we all called it WinDOZE. I hope your troubles are over now.

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    1. I’m not really good at computers and technology in general but I’m good enough to know the basics. So, it’s annoying when others repeatedly tell me something that I already know.

      Heh, many don’t know that C prompts and UNIX like interfaces are still relevant today. GUIs may look nice and all, but they are more unstable and slower than text base interface. The console makes tasks like web scraping and transferring large data from one drive to another easier.

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  6. I didn’t know that this screen has such a name 😂.. it hits my device too many times.. and I do believe it’s hardware related cause I started seeing it after my laptop fell to the ground.. as to the internet, I faced the same trouble.. and it has nothing to do with your router nor connection, I found the glitch in the configuration things of the internet properties (not sure what to call them), usually it fixes it self after a while any way.
    What I think that screen does is maybe deleting some temp files or change some enable/disable property for network discovery..
    You’ll adapt.. with the technology dark side.. you’ll adapt.
    Good luck, hope the screen of death doesn’t doesn’t visit you again.

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    1. M$ likes to claim that more than 70% of BSOD issues are caused by faulty hardware or messed up driver configurations. I don’t know how accurate it is but in my case, it’s rarely hardware-related as I don’t use inferior hardware when building my rigs. Also, when I see some performance slowdown in my hardware, I’d quickly replace them before they completely break.

      Yeah, a dropped laptop can cause this. Perhaps, the CPU or the motherboard took some damage. Have you tried removing the memiory module and replace it again. Maybe it was not properly in place after the drop.

      My internet is set up properly. So, when there’s a problem it’s either the router’s or ISP’s fault . One time, they had to replace my router with a new one since even their technician can’t seem to fix the issue…

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      1. well, it became so slow and it started to shut down on it’s own, I’m not so good with tech, so I just replaced with another laptop, and the performance is even worse..
        technicians know as much as we do, and we might know more with a good google search.

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  7. Sorry to hear that. It’s always such a pain in the neck to deal with this stuff. My 10year old desktop Mac just went haywire today also. Finally I had to restore from a one year old backup. Fortunately I do most of my current work on my laptop, but I definitely lost some important stuff.

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    1. I use Linux as well (on another partition) as it’s more secured and stable. However, many applications only work on Windows so I have to deal with M$’s nonsensical and buggy OS.

      I know that there are software that can emulate Windows apps on Linux though my experience with them isn’t great.

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