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Acquiescence

OKAY, so... "Chris Doesn't Know Shit About Computers" S1E2 Driver issues were resolved, but unfortunately, if any of you haven't heard, Windows last two updates included some tablet crippling tweaks to the system. Lots of people were affected, and I was one of them (it was so bad on their end, Microsoft even nuked the functionality of their own Surface line.) In terms of my own tablet functionality, every Photoshop tool acted as the Hand Tool. No matter what tool I used (lasso, brush, etc) my computer treated them all as a tool to only move the canvas around. Every time I'm swiping to make a brush stroke this image would just fly wildly back and forth on the screen. There were loads of "little fixes" one could do to resolve this, which I tried numerous times... One being you could undo the last one-to-two updates with the bug and suspend further updates. No so fast, of course, since the 'Suspend Update' feature is entirely absent from my Settings now, and Windows repeatedly crashed itself post-removal, and then forced installed the toxic updates again. Fun. We're past that mess now, thankfully, and on to my computer relentlessly crashing again, at its own discretion. So updates are up to date, Ps is working normally.. but we're back to only being able to use the computer for 10-15 minute intervals until its scheduled performance of lulz_troll_crash.exe So wtf, I thought this was a driver issue. I start documenting every error code on the Blue Screen o' Death. win32kfull.sys PAGE_FAULT_NON_PAGED_AREA (two times) dxgkml.sys MEMORY_MANAGEMENT KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION (two times) NSA_NO_LIKEY And one of my friends is like "Whoa man, that's a RAM issue. Did you check this pre-built when it came in? Make sure everything was snug?" And being a non-git-gud with electronics, I'm like "No. I just hoped it worked." Then I had a flashback to when I got it. UPS, after taking 7 days on a $100 3-day shipping charge (sending this computer to a distance of "2-states-past-me" in both directions ((twice))) laid the box there on its side after I signed. I turn it upright and hear a little crashing sound. Like aww hell it's broken. So I open the panel to see CyberPowerPC installed my three fan upgrade properly, however... they left the single stock fan loose inside the tower. Yes, they left the giant extra part loose in the interior to bang around as if all this shit inside is impervious to damage and the mail system ABSOLUTELY NEVER DESTROYS OR DAMAGES ANYTHING. So I removed it and put the panel back on.. super dismayed and WTFing all over about why they would do this. That and why I paid for an optical drive that has no cord internally powering it. FUN TIMES totallynotpanicinducing So yes, in short, the negligence of CyberPowerPC's henchmen leaving the stock fan inside the unit caused it to knock a stick of RAM loose. I took them both off, plugged them back in, latched firmly. I am now much wiser.. and slightly more tech savvy. I feel like I could probably certify for something. Floor Waxing Tech maybe. And now we are back to "smooth sailing until God only knows." Bare with me. It's looking okay again, but I still find myself saving my comics every 4 brush strokes. If it goes south again, we'll have episode three. Tonight I'm going to have a super long nap and let my anxiety subside and probably have a third stroke. But thank you everyone for the continued support, patience, and troubleshooting advice. I love you dearly.

59 thoughts on “Acquiescence

  1. We love you too! And the ships.. I maaaaay have “squeed” a bit inside… Stories like yours are why I’m thankful my hubby is an IT person who fixes all the computer stuff.. I’m sorta knowledgeable.. But I leave all the serious stuff to him.. Glad you got it all working again!

      1. YOU ARE NOT ACTUALLY THE FIRST, BUT YOU ARE THE FIRST TO SAY EXACTLY, “OH NO NOT ACTUALLY FIRST BUT THE FIRST TO SAY FIRST SO I WIN ON A TECHNICALIY.” BUT SINCE YOU SAID, “OH NO NOT ACTUALLY FIRST BUT THE FIRST TO SAY FIRST SO I WIN ON A TECHNICALITY,” BY EXACTLY SAYING, “OH NO NOT ACTUALLY FIRST BUT THE FIRST TO SAY FIRST SO I WIN ON A TECHNICALITY,” YOU’VE LEFT ME AT A LOSS FOR WORDS WITH YOUR, “OH NO NOT ACTUALLY FIRST BUT THE FIRST TO SAY FIRST SO I WIN ON A TECHNICALITY.”

        1. *remotely disables CAPS LOCK capability and replaces with CAPS LICK*
          Hi, we’ve replaced this functionality in mR. Blue’s computer, let’s see if he notices…

        2. YOU ARE N…

          O. M. G. The keyboard…

          it’s drooling. my lapt…

          this is so disgusting, my pants are doused with compu-saliva.

          i need a damp cup of coffee.

        3. And there you have it folks, Folgers coffee, the best part of wanking, I mean *waking*, up.

  2. Blind Guy, for a blind guy, is remarkably confident in striding unhesitatingly down an alleyway, seeing as alleyways are not really known for their lack of unexpected obstacles and clutter. How does he dare to be so devil-may-care about it?

      1. 2 things. One, the Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, is at a comic con at a town listed in the comic.

        Two –
        Hey, Metro, how’s your day goin’ over there? Yeah, you gotta be pretty, uh, crazy over there, what with all those 5-87’s, huh?

  3. Since my avatar is Ginger, I figure I’m justified in pointing out the need for a spelling correction:

    Biding is what David did, as in, he was biding his time until she was available to date him.

    Bidding is what his attendant does for him — everything he asks the aide to do, is his by David’s bidding.

    The art and story are great as usual.

  4. I’m sending all my tech mojo your way. I hope Microsoft gets its head out of it’s ass, but it seems to go the opposite way. I wonder if cyberpowerPC can reimburse you somehow for this.

  5. He worked with Tara presumably before he was blinded. He has to be at least a bit of a meta. Plus he has been dealing with Mr Night and his crew without her knowing it.

        1. That’s Doctor, to you.

          And isn’t it a wee bit older than the 80s, a prayer in the Catholic liturgy?

        2. It might have been that simple for her, but it’s a little more complex than just an 80’s song. It’s one of the key liturgical prayers in the old Latin Mass of the Catholic Church. The Kyrie is a simple request for mercy that you only needed to learn two lines:
          “Kyrie Eleison” – Lord have mercy
          and
          “Christe Eleison” – Christ have mercy

  6. Here’s the thing: I do understand Windows error codes, but after becoming a programmer that learned Microsoft APIs. Before that, it was much harder to understand what the hell they meant.

    You can often look them up, but not a lot of people know things like “An error code from a game is likely a COM error code” and etc (Direct3D uses COM). It’s much easier nowadays with the Internet.

    Not everyone handles errors correctly, and be thankful you at least get a damned error message.

  7. I wish I lived closer to lend a helping hand with computer issues. I’ll admit I’m avoiding Windows 10 for the very reason you state (can’t choose which updates to skip, can’t choose when to do an update, completely at the questionable mercy and competence of Microsoft).

    If you can wean yourself off of Photoshop and onto something multi-platform like GIMP or Krita, then I can help you out on a Linux build (or dual-boot so you can normally use Windows but switch to Linux when Windows shits the bed).

    1. I actually live pretty close to Rusche (I believe), but I’m useless with Windows issues… I run Linux on everything.

      1. I’m certainly better with Linux, but I’m not completely useless with Windows, and I don’t have any problems with general hardware issues.

    1. You gotta nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure when you’re dealing with an Omega Pestilence.

    1. I’m recalling that a few years ago he mentioned that electricity is notoriously unreliable in his area. If it’s more than a normal consumer-grade UPS can level out then that may be the continuing source of problems.

  8. I’ve heard from people who watched the original in Japan, or Norway (they weren’t sure), the series “Chris doesn’t know shit about computers” is actually a rare 10 episode series, but that a few of the middle episodes felt like extreme filler material, so it’s hard to tell how much actual plot there was.

    1. That’s just the unaired pilot movie for the proposed animated adaptation that they re-edited together with two other unrelated movies for distribution in overseas markets.

      You want quality ‘CDKSAC’ you need the original live action version. It doesn’t start getting really good until Season 3 and Season 7 was mostly so bad it’s hilarious, but it was still a gem of a show.

      Although nothing beats the spin-off ‘CDKSAC: Nights’ even if it did devolve into a beach themed ripoff of the X-Files towards the end.

      1. ‘CDKSAC’ Season 1 was a direct rip-off of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 2, and Season 2 has a one-to-one match with various Benny Hill episodes. Season 3 was just when they started getting more original material.

  9. So, this is where they both pretend that he doesn’t clearly know she was who she pretended to be, and that he signed up just to meet up with her, in that guise. Also, they ignore the fact that he can, apparently, see just fine. In the dark.

  10. I have to admit David spun that situation very effectively.

    Also, really like Ellie’s posture in panel 3. Very reminiscent of ‘Desperation’ (dated 11/6/12).

  11. Rusche: I feel your pain, for it has been my pain as well … (not that particular/specific cause, but the pain)

  12. Some of Ellie’s expressions here are great! To me they signal character growth — and a most excellent artist upping his game, again

  13. Glad you got your PC up and running again! There are no worse words in the English language than “I’m from tech support, and I’m here to help!” Sure you are, kid…

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