Originally Posted by coaster
Ya, I agree with that. I don't know why Amanda has so many problems with XP. It's miles above ME, SE, 98, and everything preceding. Yes, it's a real pain with new installations and when it breaks refill your anti-depressant prescriptions and stock up on cold beer. But preceding versions were the same or worse. When XP is running smoothly, if you just leave it alone and do regular defrags and disk cleanups then it runs pretty good.
Of course, putting XP on an inferior machine doesn't help. Granted, my XP machine runs a smidgen better with some new hardware... inferior machines cause problems... both of my PC's are from a major 'budget' company (cow print on boxes, you know who I'm talking about), and have had nothing but headaches since buying it. The threat of being tossed out the window back in Chicago was at least once a month... and no, it wasn't my PMS talking...
And regular defrags/cleanups don't get everything... trust me on this. If all you ever need in a computer is right out of the box, then fine... but when you really dig in and use your computers a lot, like i do, you're going to add things... you aren't going to be satisfied with the mainstream crud we all get sold (neither major antivirus programs are worth their money). Hence you're going to add programs at some point.
Don't mean to be all bit**y, but I've been sick for over a week now and am frustrated by it not going away... just wish my equilibrium would return to normal.... dang-it.
My XP machine doesn't get powered up much anymore due to its attitude problems. And the fact I have no room for the keyboard to sit ON the desk (no under desk trays... I had to kill the last one), due to the monitor being an old CRT. Once i can afford a flat screen, maybe... MAYBE... it'll get turned o- *ahem
* powered up more. It's also been turned into a dual-boot (I think that's the right term) machine, purely by accident... I had to do a reinstall of XP (bad machine, bad, bad machine), and messed it up... now i have two XP's running... it has no hiccups with that ... just other things. Now, if i can turn one XP into Linux... I'll be set. Mind you, I don't run to the big box store's tech boys to fix my problems... I usually can fix them myself... and if, by some chance, I can't then I call one of my friends and have them walk me through more thorough diagnostics...
Back to the couch and knitting I go... I hate being sick... makes me all pis*y...