My primary home PC has decided that it doesn't like it's hard drives any more. I'll be happily working away when I'll hear a loud *klunk* emanate from the case and the screen will lock up. Many times on rebooting, the system freaks out and tells me it could not read from the boot partition.

I'm totally bummed. The last thing I can afford right now is another PC, being that this one is less than 8 months old as it is. And I don't know if it's the motherboard, the serial ATA drive, a bad cable, dust, drivers, etc. It's been too long since I was in the hardware gig. Besides, the Mrs. is slated to get a new laptop this Christmas and we'll give her current PC to the girls.

The other thing that sucks is that I just don't have the time to break the system down and determine what's wrong. I've got so much work to do, even when I'm at home, that PC repair just isn't on the top of my things to do. Which is ironic because most of my work requires my computer....

Since I'm no longer up to date on the hardware specs, it would be hit or miss if I were to replace one part at a time. I really hate to have to reformat my PC especially since it's right where I want it now with all my programs installed. I'm sure Adobe thinks I'm some sort of pirate for installing Photoshop CS2 a zillion times already, but I'm constantly rebuilding my PC it seems or switching OS's. Maybe I'll try to reinstall XP-64 again this week and see if the release version's drivers work better.

So, if you see a dearth of posting, well, that's normal for me anyway..... Next time I'm just sucking it up and buying a prebuilt system. Dude, I'm getting a Dell!

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