August 21st, 2006


Rest in peace

So yesterday, right after I posted to LiveJournal, I pushed the button to open the CD drive so I could put in our Symphony SEED CD to listen to while we read manga. But the drive didn't open. The light didn't turn on. Nothing.

Of course I pushed the button a few more times just in case I had pushed it wrong the first time, and I even tried pushing the eject button on our keyboard to see if it would do anything, but we still got nothing. And today the light is on, which I don't think is supposed to be the case, since it's not doing anything else. I think our CD drive is officially dead, may it rest in peace.

It's possible that it's not dead. Before its current state of non-consciousness, we got a couple of messages from our computer telling us that the CD drive had been unplugged. That was really strange, considering its an internal drive. Or we really have no clue about computers, which is also entirely possible.

At any rate, it seems it's time to get a new CD drive. Obviously, what we really want is a burner, preferably one that burns DVDs, so we can watch Eyeshield21 on our nice big TV screen. Unless we could burn CDs the way our fanboy friend got Magical Nyan Nyan Tart burned for us... what was it called? CVD? VCD? I think it was VCD. That looks right. And they work on our DVD player. In fact, I think they worked better than the Full Moon o Sagashite DVDs he burned for us.

Fortunately, we're pretty sure we didn't have any CDs in the CD drive before it stopped working. Also fortunately, we have another CD player that we can use while we figure out what we're going to do about this situation. This also tends to be the time of year we end up needing to do something to fix our computer. Unfortunately, funds are limited, and we have no idea what to look for. Any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated.

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One of the interesting things about KH2 is that when we start it up, I hear the opening music, and I love it so much I think, "Man we need to get this soundtrack!" And then I remember that we have it. Maybe I just got too used to thinking that the first time we played through.

Today I'm thankful for Eggo cereal, fruitful quests, the many years of service from our possibly late CD drive, our non-computer-attached CD player, and Mitsukuni Haninozuka.

Computer problems

In the interest of solving our CD drive problem, we went to the Dell website. This probably came from the reasoning that we need a new CD drive now, we very well may need a new monitor in the near future, and there's no telling what other stuff we may end up needing, so we may as well get a new computer. The Dell website was the first one we checked, but since it ended up being the least expensive, and it had one desktop model that we decided would be the computer we got should we decide we could afford a new one, we ended up sticking with it, even though Best Buy has a few packages that may be a little less expensive.

We haven't bought anything yet, though, because it's a big purchase, and we like to take some time to think before spending so much money. Really, we just need a computer that will let us translate, use the Internet, and watch anime, since that's all we do with our computer. We just happen to do it a lot. And being able to burn CDs and/or DVDs is a plus.

At this point in the story, I realize it would have been funnier if at some point we had thought, "All we want is a computer that won't explode." Because when we got to FHE and told our anime buddy that we were thinking of buying a computer from Dell, the first thing she thought of was hearing about a couple of incidents where Dell laptops exploded. So now I'm a little concerned. I think it should be okay, since we want a desktop computer, not a laptop, and she said they found out that the problem was with the battery, but I'm still paranoid. At the very least, it has a year long warranty, so we should be okay, right? For at least a year, anyway.

We're planning on ordering the computer tomorrow morning, unless one of our computer savvy friends posts a comment saving us from making a terrible mistake.