June 29, 2004

I Used To Have a Blog

Blog? What's a blog?
Three weeks ago tonight I got knocked off-line and haven't been able to get on since. I finally got hold of a Windows 98 set-up disk (yay!) complete with updates (yay!) and popped it into my CD-ROM (yay!) and got the message:
D:\ is inaccessible... drive is not ready.


About a year ago I took out the CD-ROM that was in the computer and replaced it with an older on because the newer one couldn't read my audio CDs. Perhaps my old CD-ROM can't read a new-fangled CD...?

I'll try fiddling around in safe mode tonight and see if I don't explode the thing. If that doesn't solve the problem then I'll have to either reinstall the old (newer) CD-ROM. And if THAT doesn't work then I'll just have to re-format the entire harddrive (assuming that the newer CD-ROM can read the Windows disk).

Man oh man oh man oh man oh MAN!!!

If anybody has any clue they can give me feel free to chime in right here. If I can't get back on-line in the next few days I'll try to come back and read any comments that might be here. I'm at work and my access to the internet is whenever I can sneak on for a few minutes.

I miss y'all. Hope to be back real soonly. (Yeah, I know, I've said that before...)

Posted by Tuning Spork at June 29, 2004 01:51 PM

I hate to say this Blath, but you really want to be ruthlessly surgical about it if you want to fix the problem lickety split.

I've been working with WIN 95-98 for many years and there ain't no middlin' steps to fixin' yo' problem.

Get what you can off the C drive, if there's stuff you need to save. Then use a floppy with the contents of your C:dos or C:command directories to f-disk the C drive, then Format c: then reinstall Windows 98 and all of your software.

E-mail me if you want any more depressing advice.

Posted by: John Climacus at July 1, 2004 01:45 AM

Thanks, John. The problem, though, is that I still need a setup disk that my CD-ROM can read. Hopefully I will have one in my grubby li'l hands in just a few hours from now.
If this incoming disk doesn't work then I'll have to see if I can get a "real" one from Microsoft or some used 'puter parts store locally.

Even if the new disk does work, it may be that a virus has struck and reinstalling Win98 wont get rid of it. I'm hoping it's just a bad adware program that's causing all this trouble.

I can't open photoshop anymore because my display needs to be at least 256 colors. I checked my display settings and it was reset to 16 colors. I selected 256 and clicked "OK" then clicked "yes" to restart the computer to see the changes and it was AGAIN reset to 16 colors!!

More and more programs are failing and more and more pathways are disapearing and the thing is forgetting how to do it's tasks. Yep, my computer has Altzheimer's!!!

Posted by: Tuning Spork at July 2, 2004 02:03 PM
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