Doing some early spring cleaning of my garage and I got a few parts hanging around from my various projects in the past. I tried adding the pics directly to the post but they are freaking ginormous so links instead. Sorry. :(
The family and I and thinking about relocating there this summer to be closer to friends and family. Having a summer longer than two months would be nice too. Lower cost-of-living is also playing a big factor. Just looking for feedback about the schools, neighborhoods, and everything in between from people who have lived in the area.
My wife and I both grew up in small towns so leaving the big city behind won't be too hard, although we will miss it. We know it is a college football town, kinda like Ann Arbor, and we are college football fans... just not specifically UT football fans. But I'm sure we will adjust. :D
It looks nice... but for me it is completely unstable. It crashes constantly! And I do mean constantly. Sometimes it crashes (with auto-recover) 4-7 times in a row before rendering a webpage, which is usually MSN.com. I only "upgraded" because IE8 became unstable as well. Not sure what the deal is, IE8 is rock solid on my other machines. I need IE for a couple work based apps that I use. Otherwise I would stick with Chrome at home. Currently it is the only program I have issues with.
Alright. Last week, right before I went on vacation, my ethernet port on my desktop mobo seemed to kick the bucket. I say "seemed" because it seems to be working everywhere else (router lights flash with activity, and shows the correct connection [by color] - gigabit). Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit shows no connection. Looks like there is no cable plugged in at all.
There was an update that night when I shut her down. I tried rolling back the update. No dice. Tried restoring further back. No dice. Ran a diagnostics and Windows says there is a potential driver issue with the network adapter. Drivers are up to date - and say they are working fine? Tried rolling back the drivers. No dice. So I just assumed I needed a NIC.
Ran down to best buy to get one. Instead of grabbing the cheapo Dynex store brand I grabbed the Linksys. Silly me. Forgot how much Cisco hates making 64-bit drivers for their older equipment. After fighting that losing battle for the rest of the day, I called it quits and got ready for my vacation trip.
On my return I waited a couple days to order my high-end gaming NIC from newegg. Before I even received a tracking number, I decided to try out the cheapo Best Buy store brand NIC for curiousity's sake. It installed right away, and still no connection. WTF!?
Trying to rule out a potential virus, I tried swapping HDDs with my HTPC (Win7-64-Home) and couldn't get it to boot up. I am about ready to reformat this thing!!!
But, if I reformat, I want to upgrade to SSD. Financially, I am not ready to make that commitment yet. Credit cards are outside of my comfort zone right now from the trip. Anyone else have any better ideas before I go nuclear?