Another soul for computer afterlife

Sixten PC #2, aka KOZUE, had been suffering for months. Failing to install drivers, crashing when trying to install updates, not remembering the acceptance of license agreements, and so on. Yesterday morning it finally died. It wouldn’t even boot up Windows, and none of the startup or system recovery options worked. After the manufacturer screen, nothing was left but a blinking white cursor in the upper left corner of a black screen.

The slow deterioration of KOZUE gave me plenty of warning to regularly back up all my stuff, and no blog images, illustrations, comics, saved games, homework, documents, or ripped CDs were lost. Nevertheless, I will be without a home PC until the replacement arrives – Sixten PC #3, aka COBRA.

KOZUE served as my home PC from December 2008 to January 2012, and is the machine on which the birth of my Toho fandom took place. My joining of Pixiv, starting and finishing Fairy Ring, the start of the Magic-based but heavily Toho-flavored Lotus Cobra is Evil, and getting Normal 1CC’s on Imperishable Night, Mountain of Faith, and Subterranean Animism all happened during the KOZUE years. KOZUE was the gateway to Gensokyo.

KOZUE ascended to computer afterlife and joined Sixten PC #1, aka PELLAEON, which served from June 2005 to December 2008. PELLAEON witnessed, among other things, the contract that bound me to J.C.Staff, my decision to draw every day until I became a professional artist, Heart’s Content, my failed collaboration with Jason Miao, and Miao Diary, the doujin that rose from its ashes and was approved by none other than ESTABLISH NECHOES.

Who knows what milestones will be reached with COBRA?

Only time will tell.

8 Responses to “Another soul for computer afterlife”

  1. KimikoMuffin says:

    Dang … sorry to hear about that. I know what it’s like to basically lose a system. At least you had the foresight to back things up.

    How do you back things up, by the way?

  2. Sixten says:

    @Muffin: Some things are backed up automatically by Norton 360 to an online storage. Other things are backed up the “dumb” way: every Saturday, I just hook up an external hard drive, select 30 gigs worth of folders, and go kill an hour and a half on my Xbox while stuff copies.

    Today I hooked up the external hard drive to my office PC (which is where the above post and this comment were created) and confirmed that all the files were intact.

  3. Samukun says:

    *fires a 12 gun salute*

  4. What is your naming convention? Pixy Misa uses anime goddesses (e.g. Haruhi, Yurie). I use stars (Regulus, Mintaka…). Where do your computer names come from?

  5. Ryan says:

    You could easily just put Windows 7 on #2 and resurrect it, almost certainly better-than-new.

  6. Author says:

    So, Star Wars and J.C.Staff… Next has to be a Touhou or Magic.

  7. Flak says:

    Hey Sixten – got the new comp yet?

  8. Sixten says:

    I was going to order my #3 PC but decided to see first if I could figure out what the problem was with #2. With the help of a friend, I was able to determine that the hardware was fine and the problem was most likely a corrupted Windows installation.

    Reinstalling Windows and the drivers fixed most of the problems, but the issue with the programs not recognizing that I had registered them persisted. I’ll still be backing up regularly, and my hope is that the computer keeps working for another six months or so, at which point I’ll be done with school and have money to spare for a new PC.

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