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    Sunday, August 20, 2006

    On fixing my son's PC

    K, so the manchilds pc dies about a month ago, and been tinkering it. It's a home built, so no recovery disk perse, I try the best defaults I know....half assed. It boots, everything spins up, but no desktop....windows pukes to dos mode or at best a safe mode screen........what could it be I ponder

    I reinstall windows over windows in an effort to not loose all.....twice, hoping to avoid the evil "format and start from scratch" thing. I do this twice...same result..that smiley "windows initialization error" black screen. What could it be, a bad memory stick? I ponder some more............

    Finally, I consign myself to the long drawn out process of formatting, fresh install, but not from his room. I need it on my bench this move, it will be a long tedious search for obscure drivers.

    Wired to the KVM, I boot from a floppy and just before I invoke "fdisk", I ponder again, and decide one last run at safe mode. If nothing else, I'll get a list of hardware to search the net for the next few hours, looking for drivers...yay..

    Easy enough, safe mode appears, video drivers first, as I grab pen and paper..WTF????? Hrrrrrmmmmmmm I think I see the problem now.....

    Fours later, proper video driver installed, a virus sweep, 12 bullshit malignant programs removed, disk defragmentation, etc.......I inform the boy his PC now resembles a working PC.

    All happy he asks, "so dad...what was wrong?"

    My answer..slow and steady.. Next time you dload "anything" from a site that ends in .ru .cz, my foot in your ass!!! :) He paused, knowing he was busted, and nodded. I think we both learned a lesson.......lol

    Comments on "On fixing my son's PC"

     

    Anonymous Bubba said ... (6:27 PM) : 

    Been there... done that.... BUT... I now take an image snapshot...Acronis or Ghost... I then state in a low quiet voice... This image works again. You screw it up in the future, I put it back to how it looks right now. You will loose any changes you made. You do it AGAIN... And I DEEP FREEZE this sucker and you won't be able to download ANYTHING! Teenagers and computers.... grrrrrrrrrrrr

     

    Blogger Sexy Duet said ... (10:58 PM) : 

    I have absolutely no idea what any of that means but Im happy you got it working again.

    Ms SD

     

    Blogger ZigZagMan said ... (12:06 AM) : 

    yeah,,,it's abit techy inside........but long story short..............his pc works :)

     

    Blogger Suze said ... (5:58 AM) : 

    Glad to see you got it working again without any data loss.

     

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