the leopard approacheth…

Posted on Posted in it's all about the whimsy, journal, that old curveball, writing life

The reformat has hit a snag. Of the "machine won't boot at all any more" variety. Er…oops?

It was all going so well, until I made the apparently foolish mistake of updating the system drivers, as microsoft requested. I should have known better, eh? I didn't realise it was possible to achieve the blue screen of death on a fresh, uncorrupted install. Not only did I achieve the blue screen of death, I've taken it a step further and trapped the desktop in a pre-boot failing cycle. I suspect this is because XP triggered an automatic restart after installing one driver, not quite realising it had simultaneously moved on to installing the next driver and wasn't finished that yet.

So I have admitted defeat: a new computer it is.

And because I don't want to fight with Microsoft any more (Vista? No thanks!), and because I don't quite trust myself with Linux yet (I'd probably spend all my time tweaking system configurations instead of, you know, writing)… there is a brand new MacBook on her way to me.

9 thoughts on “the leopard approacheth…

  1. And because I don't want to fight with Microsoft any more (Vista? No thanks!), and because I don't quite trust myself with Linux yet (I'd probably spend all my time tweaking system configurations instead of, you know, writing)… there is a brand new MacBook on her way to me.

    So you can spend all your time tweaking all the nifty little things in the Mac OS. 🙂 Oh, wait until she discovers she can run Linux programs on the Mac! Not to mention some of the insanely awesome utilities you can get for Mac…

    Heh. Good on you. The Microsoft-free world is a dandy place.

  2. Oh, I know, I know. I am both looking forward to and dreading the learning curve, to be honest. And the Linux on Mac was part of its appeal 😉 I *had* planned on making the desktop dual-boot into Windows and Ubuntu after the reformat, but alas alack, that plan is scuppered. The old Dell laptop, however…

    I won't be entirely Microsoft-free, however, since I do so like MS Word. And until I find a replacement for Access, I'm chained to that for a bit, as that's what I use to track all my market submissions &c.

  3. You could try to salvage your desktop with Ubuntu — do a clean install of that, sans Windows, in which case the installer will do it's own reformat — should work. Then you can use it as backup/file server/whatever.

    And, of course, in these modern times you could actually, if you so desire, run Dual-boot on your Mac even. The Ubuntu forums even have a special place for those who are running Ubuntu on various Intel Macs.

    In short, plenty of cats to be waxed shiny shiny!

    And yes, Word has its points. The Mac version is pretty sweet. In general, Microsoft's Mac Division puts out some pretty good stuff.

  4. How exciting! When does it arrive?

    Also, am heading down to hunter st today to see if a certain book is there. It'd better be, or I'm going to stage a sit in!

  5. @Gregory: I'm sure the hard drive can be salvaged, but it's beyond my expertise now, since it won't even boot up to the initial screen (where you can press F12 to get it to boot from disk and thus trigger another reformat). I suspect it will need to be piggybacked onto another computer and have that one do the reformat… see, beyond my expertise. I may still try and do it, but novel first!

    @Jill: Today! Or at least, TNT tried to deliver something today. Which is pretty amazing considering I placed the order at about 9pm on Saturday night! But, and this is the fun part, apparently TNT aren't sure just when I'll be able to pick it up from their depot – they can deliver a machine to me virtually the morning after I place an internet order, but I can't walk back to the depot tomorrow morning and pick it up. There's clearances, you see.

  6. Sounds to me like that machine has hardware trouble.

    How hot is it where it's sitting? When was the last time anyone opened it and cleaned out the dust. Reseating the RAM and video card is always a good trick too.

    It's moot, since you've alright ordered the new shiny, but another computer in the house is *ALWAYS* a good thing, right?

  7. It was opened and cleaned out a couple of months ago, but this machine has always run hot and noisily from the get-go. If my brother has time over Christmas I'll try and persuade him to see what he can do because, as you said, another computer is most definitely a good thing. Backups! I need backups!

  8. I have a work Mac laptop we call Franken-Mac. It runs three partitions: Mac, Vista and XP so I can support one set of software across all three platforms.
    Poor Franken-Mac, we torture you so. It took 12 months of pleading for something that could host Vista, another three months of IT tweaking to get them all running, and me tracking down a fresh-install copy of Vista, but it is possible and now exists.
    And if anyone tries to borrow Franken-Mac, I'll rip off their arm and beat them with the wet end.

  9. Do you know, I can't quite tell if Franken-Mac is precious to you because he's made of win, because he's mutilated, or just because you spent so long mutilating him to your satisfaction you can't face the thought of going through it all again…!

Comments are closed.