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By Herring (Sat Sep 02, 2006 at 09:06:52 AM EST) fucking microsoft, fucking dell, france, jobs (all tags)
Fuck you Microsoft, Linksys and Belkin. Oh, and Intel and Dell.

Bastard Computers
Mrs. H.'s machine was exhibiting annoying behaviour (saying the ethernet was connecting/disconnecting ever few seconds). I tried another NIC, another cable and different ports on the Linksys router. Same symptoms.

So, I got myself another router since the Linksys one has been giving me and SD (who both connect over 802.11g) grief and assuming that the network problem lay there. It doesn't. However, the network does work properly in Safe Mode (should've checked that before buying the router).

So, I decide to re-install XP on Mrs. H.'s machine. I find the Dell XP disk and run the install from inside Windows. After the reboot, I try to trash the C: partition. Can't do that as "temporary files required for setup" are there. No, there isn't an option to put them elsewhere. So, I try the "repair" option just to see if that'll fix it. Quite the opposite. The XP install doesn't seem to check the CD first and certain drivers failed to copy. So, the machine has gone from "a bit fucked" to "completely fucked".

No, the Dell XP CD doesn't boot. What you're supposed to do if your HD goes tits, I'm not sure.

Anyway, I suppose I can clear enough space to install a second XP on the D: drive, but it'll probably have to be from a hooky MSDN disk so activation etc. is going to be a pain.

I also noticed afterwards that the NIC (Intel) is the same chipset as the one built into the Dell MB so it might jsut be the drivers being fucked. However, something manufacturers of operating systems and network equipment should take into account is DON'T MAKE THE FUCKING DRIVER REPAIR DEPEND UPON AND INTERNET CONNECTION WHEN THE DODGY KIT IS REQUIRED TO CONNECT TO THE FUCKING INTERNET.

I have suggested putting Lunix on that machine as it cannot possibly be harder to install. However, Mrs. H. uses Office rather a lot for her teaching stuff. Does anyone know if it runs under Wine? Office 2000 that is. It's tempting to go Lunix as MS and Dell seem to be deliberately putting you in the position that when something goes wrong, you have to buy a whole new copy of XP.

Not so bastard computers
I did pick up a 250GB SATA drive for £60. I was disappointed that it didn't work straight off, but I eventually located a driver (suspiciously marked "Beta") that worked. This should be sufficient space for my porn needs for at least 6 months.

[Edit something in here when I think of something interesting. Possibly about in-laws and their lack of experience of non-package holidays where the locals refuse to speak English.]

Other stuff
I updated some of my details on a couple of job sites on Wednesday night. Thursday, I got called by four different agencies. Now I have to update the CV properly. LCC is OK, but if I don't move back into a definite "architect" job soon, I could get trapped as an humble designer. Coding would be better than that. Also, there's money.

Talking of money, I think there may be some friction coming up in the household. As far as I'm concerned, I've been quite careful with spending since coming back from holiday (HDD was half of my payment for some overtime I did a few weeks back). I am not convinced that Mrs. H. has been the same. Still, it's fillet steak for dinner tonight ...

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I don't fucking believe it by Herring (4.00 / 1) #1 Sat Sep 02, 2006 at 09:51:47 AM EST
Just installed a "clean" XP on the other drive. Blue screens during boot.

I wonder if our household insurance covers the computer against me accidentally beating it flat with a lump hammer.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky

Get an iPod by cam (4.00 / 1) #2 Sat Sep 02, 2006 at 10:57:20 AM EST
they are like sentient and stuff.

Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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I've had a BSOD booting XP by Cloaked User (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat Sep 02, 2006 at 12:00:58 PM EST
It turned out to be a hellish combination of SP2 and an old nVidia driver. Booting to Safe Mode and installing the latest driver fixed it.

Failing that, I'd suspect RAM problems and the drive, more or less in that order. For possible RAM problems, I utterly recommend memtest86 - you can burn a bootable CD with it on and run a complete RAM test from it. It proved invaluable in diagnosing a fucked RAM problem when I upgraded my machine in Feb (one half of a matched pair was essentially DOA).

Is the machine a laptop? You insurance might cover it falling down the stairs, although apparently being run over is the most common cause of death for laptops. Lots of people put them on the roof/bonnet to open the door, and forget they're there, apparently...

This is not a psychotic episode. It is a cleansing moment of clarity.

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Now I come to think of it by Cloaked User (4.00 / 2) #4 Sat Sep 02, 2006 at 12:05:09 PM EST
Everyone on my project got an extra gig of RAM near the start of the year, due to the insane memory requirements of XP, Eclipse, three instances of WebLogic, plus assorted essential apps.

We all have Dells. I am the only member of the team not to have had RAM problems - everyone else (all 4 of them) had regular BSODs due to dodgy RAM. True, they all happened after extra RAM being added, and swapping it out fixed it, but still - I have to wonder whether it was a bad batch, or something about the Dells...

This is not a psychotic episode. It is a cleansing moment of clarity.

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Could be security measures in XP by debacle (2.00 / 0) #6 Sun Sep 03, 2006 at 11:17:18 AM EST
Against accessing the ownership of the other drive.

XP is really fucking stupid. To outsmart it, you need to think like a moron.


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WIPO: cranky old university professor by lm (4.00 / 3) #5 Sat Sep 02, 2006 at 04:25:55 PM EST
No Windows horror story surprises me any longer. Some of the things I've experienced are so fux0r3d they sound made up.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
Basically by debacle (2.00 / 0) #7 Sun Sep 03, 2006 at 11:20:43 AM EST
You tore down the house in leu of replacing a lightbulb.

Microsoft and networking do not go hand in hand, but that shouldn't have necessitated a reinstall.

Also, if you have an onboard NIC and a PCI NIC, you usually need to disable the onboard NIC in the BIOS or Windows will shit out its face.


Jobs: Jeremy Clarksons by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #8 Sun Sep 03, 2006 at 10:54:52 PM EST
Doing silly things to cars, being loud mouthed and getting away with it and paid sackfuls of cash too.

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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