So this happened:
Wherein I managed to get a pic of the boot-up error on my laptop. I tried three times before I got this far, and the screen above what you see here was the initial hardware error repeated three times before it got down to the business of saying anything important.
Important like “Machine check: Processor context corrupt” and “Kernel panic – not syncing: Fatal Machine check” and “Kernel Offset:” (with range relocation. You don’t have to be be too computer savvy to know that’s bad. In essence it’s saying the microprocessor is hooped. That pretty much explains the random problems starting, running, and shutting down.
But that’s nothing compared to the pain caused by the solution. The solution being a new computer. I found one at 80% off which sacrifices processor power, memory, and worst of all storage space but at least give the higher resolution screen.
The biggest problem is it runs Windows Spyware 10. Getting to this screen you see took the better part of an hour, with an awful lot of twiddling about and prying into my personal affairs. Starting with “Cortana” coming on as if having some brain-dead AI talking to me was a good thing followed by a lot of intrusive questions, the “need” to set up a Microsoft account (never needed one before) and a lot more “set up” functions which even saying “no” to only protects you from the depth of their intrusion. Would I like them to tie in to my smart phone so they can sell all the data they find there too? (Okay, I translated; that’s not how the question was asked.) Well guess what: I don’t have a stinking smart phone, so there!
Now I have to figure out how to change the BIOS to boot from USB so I can wipe Gate’s spyware off this computer and install Linux. Strangely Linux doesn’t need to know anything about you, it starts faster, and it doesn’t have massive security flaws. (Hey let’s face it: MS discovered the way around hackers breaking into their systems was to do it themselves and sell all the data they find there. Hackers go along because it’s easier and no more expensive than buying credit cards on the dark web.)
Seriously Windows OS 10 and 11 should be outlawed throughout the entire world. It is even more unbelievably awful and intrusive than the barely-function version on my wife’s old Win10 laptop. It’s no wonder some people think Gates is tracking everybody; one encounter with their OS set-up procedure and you’d believe it too.
But now I have more important things to deal with so this new machine gets to take a rest until I can spend hours canceling the corporate crap ware.