So, some of my forum and skype friends may be wondering where the hell I’ve been for nearly a week or so. The answer is simple.
My laptop–my one connection to the internet–died.
Okay, it technically isn’t dead. What happened is the port where you plug the power supply in got flaky, and sometimes wouldn’t see the plug even when it was in. So I had a short period where I had to keep jiggling, looking for “sweet spots” and in many cases, holding it there by hand until the battery charged.
Then, finally, there were no sweet spots, and no way to charge the battery, and the device was simply unusable. So, no way to get online.
Not being a man to rest on his laurels, I immediately looked for a replacement, using a friend’s computer to price-check local stores. Since the now-deceased laptop had been a Toshiba, I wanted the replacement to be a Toshiba as well, because of something I predicted (correctly, it turned out).
I found one, a budget model but still ever so slightly better than my old laptop. The only headache was the exact one I anticipated:
Windows 8.1 FRACKING SUCKS
And I didn’t go in wanting to hate it. Truth is that after being reluctant to try XP, Vista, and 7, only to in each case realize they weren’t so bad, I kinda had high hopes for 8.1. Unfortunately the only good thing I can say about it is that it booted up fast. Right out the gate I was asking myself “where is everything?” and “how do I do basic thing X I always do?”
The final straw was when I found out something nobody ever mentions:
By default, you have to use Windows 8 to get into the BIOS.
Let me repeat that:
By default, you have to use the OPERATING SYSTEM to get into the BIOS.
Anyone who works with computers and even those who don’t should immediately realize how fracktarded and wrong that is. The OS should have nothing to do with the bios! But nope… on Windows 8.1, you need to go to that android-looking screen and click on the gear. From there I kept following a line of options that were like, “update and recover” and “recover” and similar-sounding options, usually at the bottom of the menu, and eventually I found one that allowed access into… not quite the bios, but a stripped-down version with lesser options. But from there, there’s an option to restart the PC and go into the really-real BIOS, and you just disable Secure Boot and change UEFI to CSM and… and now Windows 8 won’t boot, but since I had made up my mind already, that didn’t bother me.
Made up my mind about what? Well, by now you can guess: I was downgrading to Windows 7.
Long story short, it succeeded. The only headache was drivers, and I’m in the process of solving that right now. Once I do I’m gonna create an image of this install so I never have to go through all this again.
Anyway, here’s to more internet fun!