It's been a busy one.
Shall I list everything that has gone wrong?
- Network card on work desktop machine died.
- Personal desktop machine died.
- Laptop power supply temporarily died.
- Router died.
- CD-ROM drive on work desktop machine died.
It all started when, silly me, I went to follow my boss's instructions and install PowerPoint on my work computer. It was then I discovered the CD drive was hosed.
No fear, said I, I'll just make the desktop machine's CD drive a shared drive, and install from there.
Easier said than done, when the target machine has suddenly decided to take 10 minutes to boot up, and then 5 minutes to open anything at all.
So I took a stab at a Windows repair installation. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
The machine did boot up just fine in safe mode--but half my software wouldn't work.
Off to Best Buy to pick up a USB CD-ROM drive, cross all the fingers and toes, and re-format the hard drive, and reinstall the operating system.
Finished all that at about 7 o'clock last night, and then called company tech support to see when they could install all the company software so I could, um, do my job. You know, the thing that generates the paycheck.
Their first offer was Wednesday afternoon. Fine, I said, if you want to 'splain to my boss. They punted, and gave me Tuesday morning at 6 a.m. my time. And then the tech was late calling, and then he postponed the appointment until noon.
After that, it took 3 hours to get everything up and running.
All things considered, this wasn't how I wanted to spend the last 4 days. But at least the final result was a whole lot cheaper than buying a whole new computer, which was tech support's first suggestion.
Ahh, machinery. Can't live without it, but can't live with it either, a lot of the time.