Hi All , been missing getting on here. Just had to take a moment to fill ya in.
After reading what some have to deal with right now, i really cannot complain my only issues have been computer ones.
Lost my whole machine. Spent my well intentioned shop weekend working feverishly to get my computer world back in order.
Hooray for backups, but they simply are not good enough. Got all my data, but when you have to reload an operating system and sort out all the low level drivers etc and do those persky updates ....oh boy it took me three days and long long hours.
My computer aint anything special at all but with the manhours i have invested in it now its worth more than its weight in gold.
Last time this happened i was going to have nothing to do with it and took it to the local computer guy. Thing is this was Easter weekend. My business lives or dies buy the puter. Besides there was a couple of low level chipset drivers he never managed to sort out and i now can understand why.
Should have just gone out and bought a new one but i could not bring myself to do that when all it is was software.
For those of you ever doing home builds etc which btw my machine is not, but my new one i am planning will be, it pays to stick with some of the big brand names for motherboards and chips.
After my trials and tribulations (which are trivial compared to what others are dealing with) I found this very handy application on Intels site which i wanted to share with you all. It helped me tremendously if you have the patience to fiddle with the low level stuff and get it sorted once and for all.
Also had to finally get the network sorted out at home so everyone can share my printer. Linking up an XP, Vista and Win 7 machine on the same workgroup can get a little challenging when you getting gray
I can fully understand the Mac club. Those things just work.
Ok now its on to taxes...we close our filing date by 30April.
Some day my shop will see me again and i will once again get to smell some wood shavings..
I apologize profusely to the swap box group for not having yet met my commitment. Time seems to be flying by way too fast.
Soon life will hopefully return to normality whatever that is.