My laptop is now taking, on average, about five minutes to boot up. This, I’m sure you would agree, is simply not acceptable. So, while watching football this afternoon, I decided to try and turn the machine into a Linux laptop, my thought being that a leaner, meaner operating system might cure some of my problems. Well, boys and girls, it didn’t work and I am still stuck with a slow-ass Windows XP machine and I am none too happy about it.
I would like to own a laptop that just worked when I turned it on, that booted up and let me do my shit. I don’t want to have to wait five minutes for it to just let me start typing something. It’s ridiculous. I mean, I tried everything too. I tried msconfig, where I got rid of superfluous things that were loading at start-up. I tried installing an anti-virus program to shut-up the damn Windows Security Center. None of it worked.
Finally, I tried installing Mandrake Linux 10.0 from a CD and it hung almost immediately every time. It couldn’t get past the initial screen. I tried installing it from a floppy, or starting the install from a floppy, or whatever it is that using a floppy helps it do. That didn’t work either. In fact, the floppy got stuck in the drive and I eventually had to use pliers to help get it out.
I’m sure I could have made much better use of my day, but I didn’t. I accept that and I’m not going to get pissed or depressed about it. I just wish that the laptop was working like it did when it was new. Or else I wish that I could just win the damned lotto, so I could afford an iBook or a Powerbook.