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Time for a long and sad story.

So the day my internet gets hooked up, the guy jets before helping me establish the connection to my computer, and the wireless is awful. Because wireless IS awful. Ugh. So I spend the rest of the afternoon getting it set up, trying to tweak it for a better connection, and dealing with a crappy connection. Y'see, we need a contractor to come drill a hole in the wall to feed a cable into the office so we were stuck with the router planted in the living room. That night we also discover that what we purchased as an internet package was a LIE and were shanghaied into getting a different package for $10 more or else be stuck paying nearly $30 more. >.<

The next day, I decide, forget this wireless crap. I take a 50 foot cable and just run it through the house to the office and connect via ethernet. HOORAY FOR FAST INTERNET AGAIN. I finally get to play video games, yaaaaaay. A few hours later, a storm hits. Knocks out the power. I boot Madcap up when the power comes back on... no internet. And yet, the router is working fine and the wireless is up (I know this because I had poked my nose into Netflix on the Xbox). Turns out, my network card? It's just not there anymore... >_> After a long and harrowing ordeal, my friend and I come to the conclusion that the power outage either fried my network card or just merely confused the HELL out of Windows 7 (which, let's be honest, that's not that hard to do). Nothing could make Windows recognized my network card again. We disabled then enabled the onboard LAN in the BIOS - I even went so far as to remove my motherboard's battery as a last resort because a guy swore it worked for him. BUT NO DICE. It just confused Windows even more, prompting me to have to do a system restore. So then I decided crappy wireless was better than nothing, so I went back to wireless. Only it consistently went out every 5 minutes and took a full minute to connect again. In tears of frustration, I accosted Robert when he came home from work.

The next day, we went to Best Buy to get a network card because their website said they had them. But their website lied. We get sent to Fry's. I ask the guy who jumps out of the shelves to assist me for a hardline network card. He takes me to the wireless network cards. I'm like, "These are all wireless. I need one I can plug an Ethernet cable into." He's like, "Modems and routers?" I'm like, "NO I HAVE ONE OF THOSE. I NEED A NETWORK CARD." He's like, "Yes, here they are." I scream. "These are WIRELESS! I need ethernet cable card hardline you moron sonuva die die." And then finally I find what I'm looking for on my own, tucked away and hidden from the world in the bottom corner of the wireless network card section. The guy is like, "Ooooh! Those are over -here-!" and takes me to a different shelf...

Finally, I get a damn network card - a 10/100/1000 just in case - and we go home. I get it installed and plug up. FINALLY! HARDLINE! But wait... something doesn't feel right. Why is it so slow? Speedtest.net says I'm only getting 9.5 mb/s when yesterday before the power outage I was getting 60 mb/s... After a long call with my service provider in which I was told to relax and go make coffee or pour a cup of orange juice while they fix everything and then got transferred to someone else who joked and commiserated with me on the situation, nothing was fixed. I try a factory reset of the router but no dice. I chance the port I was connecting to and BAM... I now get 30 mb/s. Which is not 60. But it's better than 9.5. So basically... the power outage caused our brand new router to have a heart attack and it's now operating at shit-for-brains capacity. So we have to replace that, too.

Moral of the story: if you value your electronics even a little bit, get a UPS...

  • Mood: Crazy
  • Listening to: Out of My League - Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Reading: The 6th Extinction by James Rollins
  • Watching: Person of Interest
  • Eating: Banana Nut Bread
  • Drinking: Coffee

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My name is Ashley - Ash, if ya like - and I'm 27 years old. My friends call me Red or Trouble. My first three great loves are Star Wars, EverQuest, and Nexus Prime. I'm obsessed with jesters and tricksters.

My greatest passions in life are writing and video games. I love to draw and am always looking to improve! Converse high-tops go with everything in my wardrobe. I have wanted to be a Jedi Knight since I was 4 years old. I find the purring sound the Predator makes utterly soothing and have been trying for years to learn how to do it. 9/10 times my nightmares are about the xenomorphs from Aliens chasing me. I dream in one color: epic.
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:iconmrcarnyfex:
MrCarnyfex Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
another Star Wars fanatic! :eager:
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raynetempura Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Yaaaay! Nice to meet you!
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:iconmrcarnyfex:
MrCarnyfex Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice to meet you too! :)

So... awaiting Episode 7 eagerly?
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raynetempura Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Yep! I can't wait to take my nephew to see it. How about you?
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LadyIlona1984 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks 4 the badge. :)
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raynetempura Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
Likewise! ^_^
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LadyIlona1984 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You must be out of the loop...
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raynetempura Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
I'm really busy, moving and buying a house and just... yeah. Super busy.
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*envies*
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DivaXenia Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the WATCH :D
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123artpunk Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!   You are an overflowing cup filled to the very brim with kindness
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raynetempura Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
You first! : )
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123artpunk Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
??? Ummm....ok
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Benaissa-Bendaoud Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014   General Artist
Thanks
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