The ASSAULT begins!

I am now on the attack!

I have roused out the guts of my computer and have begun to rebuild.

Convinced that this is a hardware problem, I will not be denied.

UPDATE 18 Sept 1740 GMT:

I determined that this was a hardware problem.  I now have a new video card.

So far so good.

Now to reinstall, etc. etc. etc. … again.

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  1. iudicame says:

    Uhh – Padre,

    I think I speak for all the fellows when I say we stand beside you in virtual solidarity, loins girded, thumb drives locked and loaded



  2. Dr. K says:

    Let’s hope an exorcism will be unnecessary!

    ~Dr. K

  3. John Enright says:

    Good for you, Father! I’ll say a prayer to the Patron Saint of Hardware – uh I don’t know who that is. You’ll have to be satisfied with St. Anthony, the Patron Saint of Lost Things. Sorry!

  4. Paul Knight says:

    Computers can be a nightmare. I quite often feel like throwing mine out of the window, especially when my hard drive, for some inexplicable reason, seems to go into overdrive. I can’t do anything with my computer then for at least half an hour.

  5. medievalist says:

    Huzzah! I’m looking at a screen saying “Unmountable Boot Volume” on my main PC Father, so I’m with you all the way.

  6. Gabriella says:

    Don’t forget that anger, ire, fury are all serious sins ;)

  7. r.j.sciurus says:

    Father, you are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which you have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you… Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of the Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.


  8. jfk03 says:

    There is an isolated place in the state forest near my place. People take their old TV sets and appliances there for target practice. You could ship your computer out west, to me. I will be happy to vaporize it with my M-1 Garand WW II battle rifle. Then, and I hesitate saying this lest I incur the wrath of the clergy, you could replace your windows machine with a mac.

  9. PatrickV says:

    Show the evil little gremlins no mercy, extirpate them utterly!!!

    They are probably modernist gremlins anyway.

  10. joecct77 says:


    Are you relying on good works instead of faith?? :)

    Or, to paraphrase Christ, if thy graphics card offends thee, cut it out??

    And echoing John Enright, please do NOT rely on St. Barbara!

  11. haleype says:

    I’m thinking of the exclamation “ain’t computers wonderful!” and the responses sometimes heard to that exclamation. Computers teach me often the values of humility and patience in my day-to-day life. My prayers are with you, Father.

  12. mburduck says:

    Way to go, Father!

    Thank Heaven I have a good computer tech here at the university. If I tried to do it myself I’d no doubt wind up going nuts.


  13. thouart says:

    I have nothing but pity for anyone who chooses to purchase a P.C. I have even more pity for those who try to do intense computer things without using a MAC.
    Yet everyone finds solidarity in their PC pain. Why Why Why?

  14. Bryan says:

    could it be that the light at the end of the tunnel is NOT an oncoming train?

  15. Henry Edwards says:

    I’m way beyond Mac versus PC chatter, having done some pretty substantial things with both — some on each that (at the time) could not be done on the other, because each of the two main technical computing systems was supported only on one platform — but I remember fondly the travails of an exclusively Mac friend who for some time reinstalled his operating system almost daily.

  16. thouart says:

    So that must be why every professional ad agency in the country uses MAC to create their web sites and PC’s to view them. That’s also probably why 99% of all viruses are written for PC’s, not MAC’s.
    – Remember Protestants are also vehement about their beliefs, until they learn the truth.

  17. jfk03: I will be happy to vaporize it with my M-1 Garand WW II battle rifle.


    Thanks for that. However, I assure you that I have more than adequate firepower here. o{]:¬)

  18. gkeuter says:

    I was about to comment you should get a Mac but then I saw that I would be banned. Oh, shoot! I said it, didn’t I? Actually, I think the problem is that your keyboard is sticking out of your monitor. I’m not in IT and I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night but I’m just sayin’

    : )

  19. gkeuter: I was about to comment you should get a Mac but then I saw that I would be banned.

    You think I was kidding. I will give this a pass, this time.

  20. So far so good.

    The video card is fired up without the computer throwing a nutty.

    My main apps are reinstalled.

    I am digging into backup for old files.

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