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So today I thought to myself, “recently I have had a lot of free time on my hands. In addition, I have received a best buy gift card that i should use. i will go buy a computer game.” Which I did. Unfortunately, I got a message saying that Direct3D could not handle something about it. The problem did not go away when I patched the game. I have had similar problems in the past, and decided to just do without. However, that didn’t seem like an attractive course of action any more.

Since it was a video problem, and my 3d accelerator is the most relatively ancient piece of hardware on my machine, I figured I could solve the problem by upgrading the video card I am using. I acquired a cheap secondhand Geforce 2. I put the system together. I booted, and everything was fine. Until just after Windows had finished booting, I had logged on with my username and whatnot, and I was waiting for the various miscellania to finish loading to I could adjust the video settings back up from 8 color and 320×240 resolution… the screen goes black with a blinking cursor in the upper left hand corner.

I reboot a few times, the same thing happens each time. I try disconnecting the patch-through cable from the DVD hardware decoder. None of this works. I talk to some people around the house, turn it over to one of them in exchange for letting them use my copy of the game.

They futz around with my system for hours. Put in a different cheap secondhand Geforce 2 in case it’s a hardware problem. Install Windows XP in case it’s a driver issue. Nothing helps.

So now, the game still doesn’t run, I’m back with my old video card, and my computer is in a million pieces strung together with the internal wires. It looks like what you see in war movies, where the injured soldiers are holding their abdomen in–except that in my computer’s case, it has no arms, so everything is just spilled everywhere. The only thing that’s really changed is that now I have a new operating system. And it’s one that I don’t actually like.

Someday, some time in the future, I will get a new computer. When this happens, i will pay the premium for all-new components, with knowledgable technicians to put it all together. Because I don’t really want to deal with hardware; I just like playing with software.

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