February 17, 2005
I got those hard-drive-replaced now-I-gotta-reinstall-everything blues

The hard drive on our year-old Dell died miserably on Monday. Tonight at nine PM a tech came out and replaced it (he was supposed to be here between 1:45 and 4:45 - don't ask). It took me way longer than it should have to realize that the reason the system wasn't recognizing the PCI wireless adapter was because there was an unknown device in Device Manager that needed to be configured, but eventually I got it and now we're back on the Net.

Tomorrow: reinstall printer, wireless mouse, CD writer software, and backed-up data. Oh, this is so much fun. And sometime within the next ten business days, try to re-connect the bad drive as a slave device to see if anything can be recovered from it prior to shipping it back to Dell (we get charged for the new disk otherwise, according to the tech; I guess "under warranty" only goes so far).

Did I mention it's my birthday on Saturday? I'd gripe about what a rotten present this is except I'm so happy to have a live Internet connection again that I can't bring myself to be too grumpy. Yes, I'm that pathetic.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 17, 2005 to See, I do have a life! | TrackBack

That child is absolutely adorable.
You and Tiffany are blessed beyond all measure, my friend.

Posted by: jim on February 17, 2005 11:44 PM

In my case it was a fried motherboard about two weeks ago. The drives are still good, so I have to get around to opening up the boxes and cabling the old ones long enough to copy stuff.

Why does this stuff happen right after Christmas and during the car registration month?

Posted by: Linkmeister on February 17, 2005 11:50 PM

"Tonight at nine PM a tech came out and replaced it (he was supposed to be here between 1:45 and 4:45 - don't ask). "

That's why I build my own computers. At least if I create the system, I can reconfigure everything quickly.

Posted by: William Hughes on February 18, 2005 8:15 AM

We LOVE technology, don't we???

BTW, Happy Birthday, Kimosabe! Apparently, the multiple plastic surgeries are holding up well?? ;o)

Posted by: Jack Cluth on February 18, 2005 8:59 AM

Ahh the pleasures of modern life. Just remember that Einstein went to his grave never having experienced the joys of editing his win.ini file. Happy B'day Chuck!!

Posted by: Chris on February 18, 2005 9:41 AM

Buy a Mac?

Posted by: Kimberly on February 18, 2005 7:21 PM