Gut Rumbles

August 04, 2005

mutha fu...never mind

I thought I killed my computer last night. I still had one program running that I couldn't shut off, no matter what I tried. I KNEW what it was, but I couldn't find it and delete it.

I got pissed. I often do irrational things when I get that way. I think I pretty much wiped out my memory and ended up with NOTHING on the computer except a cursor and a black screen.

I got up this morning and reloaded everything from scratch. The computer works, but I really don't know what I did. I'll have to play with it for a while and figure out what I lost in this transition process.

I hate this shit.


Oh man. Been there. Did that.

Posted by: blondage on August 4, 2005 10:57 AM

Get a Mac. You'll go from hating that shit, to forgetting that shit exists because it never breaks.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on August 4, 2005 11:09 AM


If you want some help with this, email me before you do anything else. It may be possible to recover data you might have erased, but the process needs to be done before you do anything else to the hard drive.


Posted by: Light & Dark on August 4, 2005 11:17 AM

It wouldn't happen to be huntbar would it? If so you're fucked. That bastard beat me. I got a new drive and started over.

Posted by: Ed on August 4, 2005 11:18 AM

Ditto on the buy a Mac thing...

Only thing I use my PC for is a couple of games that aren't out for my Mac...

Posted by: Michael in Ohio on August 4, 2005 11:52 AM

Thats how we learn things.

Posted by: livey on August 4, 2005 01:11 PM

I think my position has been made clear. Save yourself all the headaches, by yourself a mac and take your PC outside and beat the holy shit out of it with a bat and relieve some stress.

Posted by: gravdigr on August 4, 2005 01:59 PM

Too funny Chablis!

But I'm a troll for trying to warn Rob about these MAC "moonpie in the sky" zealots.

If mac's were really that good shouldn't 95% of pc's be mac's? instead of less than 5%?

Sorry to hear about your PC Rob. I wish I was a little closer to ya, I would set it up for ya and show ya how to keep it right.

Posted by: bubba on August 4, 2005 03:06 PM

I will be more than happy to put my "happy meal toy" up against anything in the pc world.

Back to the subject at hand. Rob, you should seriously take a gander at a mac. We have very little in the way of problems with spyware and other assorted bullshit. If I'm not mistaken, you can get a mini for $499 and keep your pc monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Posted by: DaveH on August 4, 2005 03:08 PM


Posted by: james Hooker, ace of aces on August 4, 2005 03:38 PM

Funny thing is, I never hear a Windows user praising his computer. It's always got-damn piece of shit or damn blue screen of death. Where as you never hear a mac user putting his machine down,only saying how wonderful they are. Funny thing isn't it.

You know what CTL-ALT-DEL does on a mac? Not a damn thing. Because we don't need it. Hell mine doesn't even have a restart button on it anymore.

Posted by: gravdigr on August 4, 2005 03:49 PM

When I bought this piece of junk I asked the saleman what I shoud get. He asked me if my parents were married and I said yes. he told me I needed Microsoft windows because it takes a smart bastard to operate MAC.

Posted by: GUYK on August 4, 2005 05:41 PM

If mac's were really that good shouldn't 95% of pc's be mac's?

If 95% of the country drank unsweetened iced tea, that wouldn't make it a superior product. It would mean a lot of people are willing to settle for shit after being convinced it doesn't smell that bad. See also: The Carter Administration.

I'm a windows and a *nix kinda girl. -- ...looking for the Mac upgrade section (of which there IS NO SUCH THING)...

Apparently the last Mac you owned was circa 1995. Things are a might bit different these days. Like, for example, MacOS being UNIX, and every CompUSA in the country having a massive Mac section, to say nothing of the Apple retail stores.

There's a reason the Macrines (heh. consider that stolen.) tout our pretty computers so much: They work. Period. They're designed in an elegant, usable fashion, inclusive of the hardware and software. They work for you, not against you. I've used every computing platform in common use (and many that aren't) for a dozen years, and in that time, the only computers I haven't had a fit of rage or two directed at are my Macs.

For the average computer user who doesn't want to dick around trying to make the damn thing work for hours a day, the mac platform is superior to the only other viable option by a wide margin.

Of course, they're also vastly superior to 'doze in the professional marketplace, but that's another argument entirely.

Anyway, Rob, if you're tired of the endless bullshit required to keep a doze box working as you'd expect it to, stop by a store and fiddle with a few macs. The Mac Minis start at five bennies, and you can reuse all your existing peripherals while taking the actual computer out back to be shot.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on August 4, 2005 06:39 PM

"There's a reason the Macrines (heh. consider that stolen.)"

....That's ok. A wise man shares his wisdom for it shall be returned unto him twelve fold......Now link to me dammit and tell your granny!

Posted by: James Hooker, Ace of aces on August 4, 2005 07:10 PM

I do know my way around a Windoze machines, and there are some points I'd give Unix or Mac guys. But the software out there is huge compared to non-Windoze stuff.
Sometimes you just pull your hair out & start over if you haven't been running all your protection shit. Sometimes you do when stuff like your printer port disappears for parts unknown. Wiping the registry of all refs to both port and printer has produced no result. Must dig deeper... must find sledge hammer...
nah... must not destroy home-built AMD-64 hotrod with all the options...

Posted by: Horrabin on August 4, 2005 09:51 PM

Get a MAC, you'll never go back.

Posted by: 2far on August 4, 2005 11:35 PM


He's right up there, offering to help.
And, I did.
I called him tonight (just got off the phone) and he healed my machine by remote.

Told ya yesterday and I'll tell ya again...
I already talked to him about what you're going through and all he's waiting for is to hear back from you now.


Posted by: Stevie on August 5, 2005 03:32 AM

If you are still having problems, go to
and scroll down to 'CWShredder'
The CoolWebSearch series of malware are about the nastiest out there and this should locate/kill them if you are infected.

Posted by: SundogUK on August 5, 2005 03:57 PM
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