Author note: This was a LONG ordeal and even with shortening it down as much as I can - it was still too long for most people to read in one sitting. So it is broken up to 3 parts.
Gamer Purgatory part 1
Ever have one of those experiences that just make you want to question reality? Maybe look around for hidden cameras or just flat out NOT be surprised if you heard the theme song from the Twilight Zone. If you have been following along with me then you will have noticed a rather large break in my postings. Since being a gamer involves keeping up with the times, it eventually means your computer will be in need of some TLC. No problem right? Guess again. Just because I refuse to trust this company anymore we will just call them.. let’s see… Hell Computers. That seems fitting. Time to set the Way-Back machine!
At first it was just a flaky router. Then the router decided that it did work, even the XBOX live worked. Modem was running fine. “Unidentified network” is all I could get no matter the permutations of resets/rollbacks/what have you. Call the router people first – well unbeknownst to us we had a 90 day only call in “help” and would now have to pay. Store shop later and Netgear is up and the other router is being donated to a charity computer store. Call the cable company up and I was so impressed at the diligence and problem solving skills this young man demonstrated (and the tips for better gaming routers!). Checked, checked, checked and checked some more. Everything gave us the same answer: Unidentified network. Narrowed it down that the numbers he needed to see were not being given. Don’t ask me I am a retired salesman who is a stay at home dad that games. But still – the problem was now narrowed down to the either the motherboard or the network card being bad. So time to call Hell computers up with all this wonderful information we discovered to see what needs to be done to get me back up and running. Now the fun starts.
First off, I should have had my spideysense tingling when someone with a severe accent speaking my native tongue then says their name is one of the most Anglo Saxxon based names ever. But I let it pass. Even on the next 3 times of getting a Sean, Steve and so on. But Hell Computers assures me it’s just a driver I need. Wow, that sounds great! And easy! Is it on this RESOURCE DVD you sent me? Oh no – we didn’t send you any of the drivers you need. Just hop onto the internet and download them. A moment of silence as my brain was trying to process this ever repeating direction. Did they not hear me? I can not connect to the internet so how am I suppose to download these missing drivers? Every call – same thing. Wrote down the site, grabbed a flash drive, hobbled (yay fibromyalgia+arthritis+unknown during winter!) next door, woke up her grandchild just so I can use her computer to download this miraculous driver and proceeded to discover that the information of what/where to click was non-existant. Luckily I was paranoid enough to bring my phone with me so call them up while at a computer and *ahem* be talked down to and nearly accused of doing it all wrong. I went to the wrong site. If I was off by a letter I can take that blame. But this was a different site entirely. I think the “dot” was the only thing that was the same. Kept “Steve” or “Mark” on the phone as I followed what I was told to do. But no driver of the name I needed listed anywhere. Well that was the wrong driver I was assured and proceeded to d/l to the flash drive THE driver that was needed. Back home, insert flash drive and shocker. Unidentified network.
<continued on Gamer Purgatory part 2>