Originally Posted by not_so_new
I know exactly what you are saying but give a man a fish and he can eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he can eat for life yadda yadda.....
You don't have to be a complete computer geek to put a computer together.. not in the least bit and if you do it once you will be able to do it again. People think you have to read manuals and study charts and graphs, it's not like that at all. Actually if you had taken the day or so to learn about it before you would not be stuck now right?
I had thought about building a computer for a while...the more I read into it the more I decided against it. The horror stories of people that had picked components that didn't/wouldn't play well together was enough to 'scare' me off that idea. Since I rely on the thing day in & day out I didn't want to take a chance of things blowing up in my face a few months into it.
Plus I had procraintated on the various choices for sooooooo long that it reached a point where I HAD to do something! I had a live recording gig for some pretty high-profile guys coming up and about a week & half to go...
Build one...order one...build one...order one...
I decided to go with what I considered to be the lessor of two evils...buy one from someone local. My second choice was a Slickwater box but I figured that with GC...well...at least they're local & I knew Dave was a computer nerd who can build his own rigs and I'd NEVER had a problem with GC service in the past. Well, once I found someone who was worth dealing with that is!
FWIW I was replacing a DAW I built in 1998 & was based on a Dell PIII 500 with a Adat Edit & Lucid PCI 24 cards & Logic 3.whatever; Sound Forge 4.0 & CD Architect! That rig NEVER touched the interknot & ran flawlessly
until the day I bought the current rig ($7K+!) and replaced it's original 6 gig (!!!!!!!) drive with a 40 gig and turned it into the office machine.
I brought the Spectral into GC, Springfield NJ early this afternoon.
Dave Cox man...he rocks hard!
Called me probably like 10 minutes after he got into the store and I was already just three blocks away!
Just to jump ahead a bit...I thanked him profussly on my way out of the store for all his help, not just with this but with everything
I've tossed at him over the years & he said; "It's no problem. I don't like having angry customers. They scream a lot."
How true...how true...
I had already copied Dave on the emails when this idjit..."Gil" at Spectral requested pictures of the missing drives and all that stuff, and he had to talk to the store manager (Josh Kates) for authorization on EVERYTHING this afternoon. I think
Dave would've GLADLY tossed me a new machine out of store stock or a big stinky check...
Anyway...the store manager...this dude Josh Kates...MAN did he EVER piss me off this afternoon...and it takes A LOT
to get me going!!!
While I'm attempting to explain the situation to him, HE STARTS WALKING AWAY!!! Tells Dave to call Spectral & get an RA...get it fixed. THEN he come back and starts trying to sell me a new computer!!!
So Dave does what he can...calls Spectral and talks to Gil. Apparently I irked him something good from the other day! HAHAHAHAHAHA!
But eeehhhh...can 'ya blame me for NOT
Gil was maintaining his 'version' of the story...that it's ALL shipping damage.
He was telling Dave that 'he thinks' either;
a) I pulled the missing drive out in an attempt to get a free drive. (I just wanna get back to work!)
b) Someone at FedEx, while this R2D2 unit was in transit...cracked the box, removed the top of the computer...removed ALL the screws from the internal trappings, yanked the drive...and stuck it ALL back together
before it was delivered on my doorstep.
If someone at FedEx wanted to swipe computer parts why wouldn't the whole
box have fallen off the back of the truck?????
Damn...the processor alone is worth more then some stupid 160 gig IDE drive!!! LMAO
As always...long story short...
My RM5000 was left at GC.
Gil at Spectral is REFUSING to replace the machine and said he'd repair it.
It was shipped BACK to Digital Corp/Spectral overnight on Guitargets tab and according to the power that be, get fixed & sent back
to Guitarget for me to pick up on Wednesday or Thursday which honestly...isn't that bad
since Monday & Tuesday are shot with the 4th of July weekend.
But to say I'm STILL NOT FUKKING HAPPY would be a HUGE understatement.
I asked Dave if I could take their older floor model as a loaner...he told me it was all screwed up, needed a fresh install of XP and blah blah blee blee.
No worries I assured him. It would most likely come back in BETTER shape then it left 'cause I just GOTTA get back to work!
The word from Josh?
No dice. Gotta wait for my box to come back from Spectral.
Thanks SOOOOOO much for supporting 'yer local pro customers & users!
I guess I'm kinda licked.
As long as this thing comes back in 110% functional condition I'll be as happy as a pig in shit!
If it doesn't...I'm gonna DEMAND a refund and they'll have to haul me out in cuffs if they don't comply.
In the meantime, Jeff at MMedia...the guy who designed & hosts not just my website but Euphonic Masters & Mixermans...offered to ship me his old audio PC, a maxed out PIII so that no matter HOW all this poo shakes out I can get back to work even if that R2D2 isn't as bitchin' as I'd need or like it to be which really, is AMAZING!
Jeff's a freakin' saint in my book!!! To be continued...