The death of a laptop

It appears that my old laptop is dead.  I was working on the site when our dog brushed past me and a charge of static zapped through my hand into the laptops headphone port.  A half hour later the laptop blue screened.  I finally got it running again for a half hour before is blue screened again.  Now it will only run about five minutes before dying.

Needless to say I was not happy.  So I went out and bought a very nice new HP laptop.  AMD with ATI graphics and Vista 64bit.  Three hours I tried to get it on the wireless network.  Just when I was about to give up, I tried entering all the connection data manually one more time.  And it worked.  Annoying.  The automatic process insisted the router was not talking to me at all.  Apparently some change with Vista makes the automatic association process break with some “older” routers.  Mine is only about a year and half old.  Tried the latest firmware updates, tried everything I knew.  Then it just worked.  These driver stupidity issues is why people hate Vista.

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