Computer says ‘Feeling much better now, thanks’

Obviously I don’t want to jinx this, and it is still very early days, but the fault seems – seems – to have resolved itself.  What changed?  Well, the only concrete thing is that I installed an update for Firefox.  It’s a little strange to think that this might have been causing the problem, partly because I hadn’t done anything to reconfigure or update Firefox when the problem materialised.  I guess it’s possible that, on one of the many, many, many occasions that Firefox crashed (and goodness me, but that software likes to crash…) it corrupted a file that happened, through sheer good luck, to be replaced in the update process.

This still doesn’t seem to explain why the problem was intermittent, or why some of the faults happened before windows had begun to load, let alone Firefox.  I guess it’s also possible that a small piece of fluff that was occasionally shorting out a circuit pathway somewhere has been dislodged, and that’s what’s made things better.

Anyway, never look a gift-horse in the mouth…

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4 Responses to Computer says ‘Feeling much better now, thanks’

  1. NiroZ says:

    Congrats. Chances are (should it be firefox), it forced some part of windows to reverify itself.

    In any case, even if it’s working right now, unless you can pinpoint where it went wrong, start saving up for a new computer immediately.

  2. aethelreadtheunread says:

    NiroZ – Thanks for the comment. :o) Saving up seems like a very good idea to me. My PC has collected a whole range of ‘issues’ – one memmory slot is bust, the memory chip i have is wonky and unstable, the DVD burner doesn’t work as a burner any more. Then there are a whole range of other limitations – no room to fit a decent graphics card, limited to a single core processor, no onboard wireless and no spare slot to put in a wireless card etc etc. So even if this particular fault never recurs, there’s no doubt that the time for a new machine is very rapidly approaching.

  3. Lucy McGough says:

    Google Chrome for the win!

  4. aethelreadtheunread says:

    Thanks for the cooment, Lucy. :o) I;ve only just been persuaded into breaking my Opera habit in terms of web browsers, so i want to give myself a bit more time to settle down with FF before i try something new. But it’s on the list!

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