Well it finally happened. The laptop has definitely had it’s day and a new one is the only option I have got now. I did manage to bring it back to life last time, but that was the second time. It looks like there is no 3rd time lucky. Argos seems to be the best bet at the moment. K*** can get a bit of discount by purchasing an Argos gift card on her staff credit card, and by going through her cash-back site, get even more. So that’s one of todays jobs. Find the best one, at the best price. I’m looking at an Acer or a Lenovo, but it all depends on if they are in stock and where there are. I have to up and running again before the youngest gets home on Friday. Don’t need any issues there, as he has had some with his laptop while he’s been away.
Wish me luck!
There are many things a lot worse than coming home after a long day and finding that your laptop will not work. However, when it happens, there is nothing worse at all. Yesterday evening, I got in and switched on my laptop ready to write a few emails, pay a few bills, check the lottery those kind of things. So imagine my horror when the screen showed the old “Blue Screen of Death” or BSOD as it was known at work. The error was reported that a ‘device’ could not be recognised and I need to ’Repair’ my computer. A lot of extreme language came forth accompanied by a huge amount of panicking. I literally did not know what to do first. Upon reading the instructions, I needed to ‘insert my Windows installation media, and restart the my machine’. The issue here was that the Windows version is an OEM version, and I did not have any installation media. Like many home users, Windows came pre-installed when I purchased the laptop. Not very helpful.
A lot of Googling and more swearing ensued, before I found what I needed to do. I had to download the Windows 10 Installation Media from the Microsoft website and install it on a USB device. Out came the old (and slow, flaky) laptop and I was successful in downloading the files and installing it on my portable hard drive. After 2 hours of stress and a few retries, the process finally worked. Now, I thought, I had better run the full backup before anything else. Normally takes on this machine, about 1.5 hours. But more misery, the backup failed. The error message was not very helpful, so I rebuilt the backup structure and set it off again. This morning, again the backup had failed. Another change to the back up was made, and it when then that I noticed, the the hard drive I was backing up to was only show a size 32gb instead of the correct size of 1tb, with only 3.8gb free. That would be the reason. But no matter how I tried, I could not get it to show the correct size. More Googling was needed and many of the results seems to show that I needed to use a Partition Manager to check the actual size of the disk drive. I downloaded a free, but well known one and checked the drive. It was showing that the drive had over 890gb of space, that had not been allocated for use. It was a simple matter of re-allocating the space and rebooting the computer. With a bit of trepidation I followed the instructions. It worked, and the drive is now showing the correct size.
I did a fair bit of reading up on this issue, and it seems that it is quite a common one. From what I read, the hard drive had become corrupted somehow, and Windows could not access it, although it could see it. I now think, that what I should have done was remove all the peripherals ie hard drives, mouse speakers etc and reboot the machine. That it seems may have worked. If only the BSOD had said that. We lived and learn I suppose.
Well it’s back to work on Monday. I’ve not worked since the 18th December (boss thought I would have too much on to work Christmas Eve) and I hope I remember what to do. It’s not as it is the most difficult job in the world, but I tend to forget things sometimes. For example, my last task of the day is to turn off the water heater. It’s not an essential job, as the boss usually checks when I’ve gone, but I do have a tendency to forget it. We shall see. Still I’m looking forward to getting stuck in again and seeing the refit work that’s been going on . I had a quick walk past this morning and it seemed to be as full as usual.
It was the funeral yesterday, and It was really a celebration of her life. It was very sad, but also very beautiful. My eldest son spoke a very moving tribute, that he had written himself that was very emotional. It had people in tears one minute then smiling in remembrance the next. I was very proud.
K*** has been spending a great deal of time with her dad over the past couple of weeks, so for the majority of the time, I’ve been “Home Alone” so to speak. R*** was back at his respite flat on Monday (he’s due home again tonight) so I was left to my own devices. I’ve come to the conclusion, based on this last week, that I don’t actually like television. There has been nothing on that could actually say “I mustn’t miss that!” I’ve not been in the mood for writing or listening to music, but I have been reading. I recently found a book called “The Gods of War” by Conn Iggulden. It is about Julius Caesar and the Roman Empire. What I didn’t know when I started started it, was that it was book four of a series of five. There was a page missing at the front which listed the rest of the series. I read about 80% of the book back in November when we were away for a few days, before I realised. I managed to hunt down books one and two and am well on the way with book two now. I’m struggling to find book three, I tend to buy second/third hand books from charity shops (as I think the big book retailers make enough money) as I have not seen it in any independent book shop. I did spot it in one shop, but it was picked up before I got chance.
Well I think this works. Written directly into the WP editor on my iPad mini.
I was supposed to be posting a little every day. But, as with all plans on this trip, things seem to get in the way.
I am currently enduring enjoying a family break in the Scarborough area. The week didn’t start well. R***’s transport arrived 40 minutes early. As this was a new driver and escort it seemed bothered more than him. Then, we got a little lost at the end of the journey. It would seem that there are two places in the Scarborough area, that have the same name with almost the same postcode. Of course, I had got the wrong one. S**** was arriving later and as I/we had given him the wrong postcode, the same happened. The place is not too remote, but as this is England the mobile phone coverage is poor to say the least. To cap it all, K*** got a phone call from R***’s respite to say that the transport had arrived to take him home. Somewhere along the line wires had crossed. It could have been a huge problem if they had brought him home only to take him back again.
I have just realised, that my last post was almost a copy of the post I made on the 12th May. Both posts talk about cheap knitting yarn from charity shops. I think I must be losing it a little. It is not the first time I have done that either. I often get told by K*** that “…you’ve told me that before…” and quite often, I have no recollection of saying anything. I have mentioned it to my GP who told me not to worry and that if I feel that it’s getting worse, he’ll do some tests. And there’s the rub. It doesn’t seem to be getting worse. It’s not getting better, but it’s no worse than 4 years ago, after my op.I was told then that I ‘may have some memory issues’ but was also told that it was nothing to worry about.
I’ve wading through the masses of help pages for this BlogPad pro app, trying to find out how to post to my blog as draft. Well it appears that it is all done in the initial set-up. Unlike the Open Live Writer app on my laptop, this BlogPad Pro is used like the WordPress editor. As you write, the post is sent and updates a draft post on your blog. With the Open Live Writer app, the draft is stored locally and you have to manually upload the draft post. I’m not sure which I prefer yet.