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Windows, you spa

I was working from home today. At around three O'Clock, Photoshop decides the hard drive is too full for it to allow me to do anything. The scratch disk was full.

I bought two hard drives recently... a 300gig Maxtor drive and a 74gig Raptor. I decided to throw the Maxtor drive into my machine and use it as a scratch disk.

I put in the drive on the Intel SATA controller. I boot up the computer, and Windows refuses to boot. I mess around with Grub for a bit, but still nothing.

“Grand”, I thought; “I'll just plug out the drive and everything will be fine”. I turn on the computer. The exact same thing happens.

It turns out that as the SATA controller was now active, Windows reckoned the motherboard had changed. Removing the drive and switching off the controller again did nothing. Fuck.

So, I took the opportunity to make a fresh install of Windows on the new Raptor. The first time I tried, it crashed. It took two attempts to get Windows installed.

One less experienced might assume that all that's left to be done now is to reinstall my old applications and copy over my data from the old hard drive. O, to be so naive! Here's what I've encountered so far:

  1. Random application crashes
  2. When the system is under mild load, there is a good chance that the computer will reboot
  3. Apps refuse to start, with no prompt to the user

All of this means I'll be up until the wee hours working on some stuff that would have been finished already. Nice.

Comments

Paul:

Time to write a letter to microsoft i'd say!

Posted at October 29, 2004 08:50 AM

Des:

You could have just deleted some of your Jolene Blalock porn

Posted at October 29, 2004 03:44 PM

David Barrett:

Problem fixed, I think. Clocked RAM back down to 333MHz, worked a treat.

Still no idea why this only happens in Windows.

Posted at October 30, 2004 11:26 PM

Phil:

Ehh, could be something to do with windows. Time to do the impossible, run photoshop on linux. ( I recommend gentoo )

Posted at November 5, 2004 11:06 AM

David Barrett:

I recommend Phil installs a big glass of shut the fuck up in a manner that causes it to shatter in his face, hopefully embedding shards in his eye.

Posted at November 5, 2004 01:16 PM
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