The Honeymoon’s Over

My love affair with the Mackboop has cooled down significantly, I’m afraid. Oh, I still love having a notebook and will probably never go back to a desktop again, but this particular notebook is delivering much grief at the moment. You may remember when the CD drive inexplicably failed (leaving the DVD portion of it even more inexplicably still working). Since then there have been new developments.

Last week I discovered that my scanner, which worked fine the previous week, was no longer a device that Windows recognized. I’ve tried all the usual: use a different cable, use a different port, uninstall/reinstall it, and so forth, with no results. As you can imagine, yes, the scanner works fine on a different machine.

And then last night I discovered that I also apparently don’t have a webcam anymore. No idea when that one suddenly vanished, and also no idea how to convince Windows that it’s really there.

I’ve tried everything I can think of. I’ve restored a check point. I’ve done updates. I’ve bribed with delicious Turkish Delight and threatened with horrifying violence. I’ve drunk some scotch and pulled on my hair. No good. I believe only one option remains: the Scorched Earth option.

I’ve ordered a 1TB external hard drive (it has 100,000 times the capacity of the first drive I ever bought, at 2/3 the price.) Once I get it, I’m going to back everything up. Then it’s time for more scotch and a call to Dell to re-install Vista.

I have no idea what to do if that doesn’t work. In fact, failure is not an option. It HAS to work.

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3 Responses to The Honeymoon’s Over

  1. MichaelD says:

    I wonder whether a different OS would help. (Actually thinking Windows 7 here rather than Linux…mainly due to the abysmal support for scanners in Linux.)

  2. Mattwran says:

    Have you tried giving the Mackboop the scotch?

  3. Blasterhappy says:

    Drunk and re-installing Vista…..that won’t end well! BTW! Have you tried re-mapping drives?