Sunday, May 27, 2007

Computer Woes

So, for the past few weeks, when I do a layout using PSE, sometimes the program just closes for no reason. I can be mid-layout and it just shuts down. No warning at all.

At first it was just frustrating having to redo the layouts that weren't saved. I usually don't save mid-layout because it takes a LONG time to save my files (like 10-15 minutes or so). Then, it started happening more and more often.

Now, it's to the point where I'm ready to throw the whole dang computer out the window. I know I need more RAM. But I don't if it's worth ordering more from Dell and trying to figure out how to install it myself. My computer is pretty old (about 3 years), and I use it a LOT. I don't really have the money to buy a new one, but I'm wondering if I'd be better off doing that instead of spending a couple of hundred bucks to fix this one.

The other downside to upgrading (in addition to the cost) is the whole Vista thing. I've heard that there are many bugs there, so I'm not sure that I even want to deal with that right now. But apparently, new computers with XP are pretty hard to find.

So, that's where I am. SOMETHING has to be done. I can't just not scrap on my computer. That's not an option. Let's just all hope I can figure this out without hurting someone in the process. LOL!

Here's a layout I finished yesterday before all of my issues got out of hand (I've done one layout THREE times tonight and still don't have anything to show for it).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Libby!

I'm totally coming out of my lurkdom for this post. :)

First, Dell is still selling XP computers! When you go to their website, you can choose to browse Vista systems or XP. :)

Second, I'm using a two-year-old laptop that is sooooo slow, too. When dh's tech guy was in his office, I asked about new RAM and he said you can go to a local computer shop or even Best Buy and get RAM for much cheaper than going through Dell. He also said it is super, super easy to install yourself and shouldn't cost you more than $150. So, I think this is what I'm going to do soon.

Good luck!!

Steph
www.stephpea.typepad.com