|RIP, my pretty|
My computer, bless its ancient CPU, is fine. It was my video card that was the problem.
I installed the new, less beautiful video card, with zero problems because it couldn't be easier, truly. It was getting the computer to navigate successfully to download the driver I needed to run the new video card. That's what took two days because everything was...so....slow.
So computer is fine. New video card works adequately and I'm back.
However...because I was forced to consider the possibility of replacing my computer, I started looking at what is out there. And, like the Borg encountering the Enterprise when Q sent them into the Delta quadrant on a whim, I know now know what IS out there and, like the human race according to the Borg, it is worth assimilating into my current bouquet of computer components. The tower - and everything within its cold black case - being the most elderly of the bunch. I'll be coming for one of those computers one day soon.