Aw Nuts

December 13, 2007

Lloyd, Worst day ever

So, we went into Lincoln the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I don’t remember what we went in for, But I wanted to stop by Best Buy to get the latest version of iLife for Lauren’s iMac. I was surprised to see that some of the door buster deals from Black Friday were still there. They had a computer game that I was going to eventually get around to buying called Bioshock, and it was half price. I had to have it. And they also had extra memory for the computer, and that’s always good to have.

Some say it's better than Halo 3

I got home and installed the memory in the computer (3 Gig, can you believe it?) and tried to install the game. Not only did it not work, it completely shut down the computer. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m not like normal men. Computers bow to my every whim. But my computer was having no part of it. Nothing I did made the slightest difference. Here are the steps if you want to try trouble shooting: (1) put the Bioshock disc in the computer (2) the computer shuts down.

Well, I was having trouble with my video card anyway, and I thought that it just wasn’t cutting it even for the autorun program for the game. For the last two weeks I’ve been trying to decide what kind of video card to get. I’ve even called cousin Sam twice, but I couldn’t catch him at home, and it seems like he’s too good to return my calls now.

Eventually I decided to buy a really shiny video card. It’s one that would normally be out of my price range, but it was an open box special. It’s at least 4 times as shiny as my last video card, and it came in the mail today. I got home at 5:10 and was disappointed that it wasn’t here, but it pulled in about 5:30. Thanks UPS.

48 Pixel shader processors, 8 Vertex shader processors, 8 Geometry Pipelines

I put in the new video card and everything seemed good. I (1) put the Bioshock disc in the computer (2) the computer shut down. Once again, let me state for the record that this sort of thing isn’t supposed to happen to me. So… hmmm… what happens if I put another game in the computer? Nope, everything is fine. So… hmmm… what happens if I (1) put another DVD in the computer (2) the computer shuts down. Okay, that seems like the problem. It doesn’t seem to matter what the DVD is. Bioshock or Searching for Bobby Fischer – either way.

Well, now I need a new DVD player and I’ve wasted (game cost x 5) on the new video card. But I’m not really sad about that, because I’ve got a shiny new video card. I think I’ve got a DVD drive sitting around at school that I can use until I get around to buying a new one. So I’m looking up what a new drive will cost when blammo, the shiny new video card wigs out. Fluke? Restart and 30 minutes later, blammo. So now I have to return the shiny new video card (15% restocking fee).

It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.


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Lloyd Sommerer is a middle/high school teacher who likes to build websites, read books, grow beards, make fun of Lauren’s prototypes and eat the sauce of the picante.

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19 Responses to “Aw Nuts”

  1. Lauren Said on:

    I will buy you an iMac. They’re very friendly.


  2. Brad Said on:

    All these I place, by God’s almighty help and grace,
    Between myself and the powers of darkness

    Oh no! Repeat after me, Brad: “I will not get Bioshock.”
    I’m only just recovering from my Oblivion addiction. What are you, some kind of sadist? Why are you writing about this when you know I will read it?

    …feeling so… weak…


  3. Rae Said on:

    Just to stick up for Sam, although he may in reality feel he is too good to return phone calls -- including mine sometimes…(must get back on track) Other people must be having days/weeks like you Lloyd, because he has been spending lots of time working on other peoples’ computers in order to fix them. So, if he does take the time to call you, tell him that his wife and kids love him, miss him, and want him to come home. (No rewards being offered though.)


  4. Peggy Said on:

    Whatever, whatever, MIME, whatever, ISA, FAT, whatever, POP3, TWAIN, whatever, SAN island, whatever ….


  5. Deborah Said on:

    I have a $5 off coupon for Best Buy if that helps.


  6. Leonardo Said on:


    I had a computer emergency like yours about a year ago. I had to replace a fried motherboard for my server and then the DVD drive. It was a real nightmare! I know exactly how you feel. On the other hand, I have been thinking about getting a Mac as our next family computer. I still like PC/Intel or AMD hardware to run Linux for our server at home. I think that at the end of this story you will end up with a new and much more powerful computer.

    Good luck, Leonardo


  7. Cousin Sam Said on:

    Lloyd, can you ship that game to me for Christmas?


  8. Cousin Sam Said on:

    Can I alway reply to this post? That would be neat. I could always be months behind what is currently being burned, or cooked(burned) at


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