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computer woes … again.

So it all started off very innocently, I got a new camera, one that I “aspired” to, a real world Dslr, something I could be proud of and a whole new learning experience to boot! So, we all know the idea by now with digital cameras, take yer piccies, load em into your computer and hey presto, images to hand? Not with this one, the computer simply would`nt recognise the camera as any form of device. Started looking for answers on the cameras website and then expanded it to usb problems, no real luck. Then as fate would have it I stumbled across an “MVP” (a very microsoftie term which stands for something like”most valued professional” or something like that..). So I very unfortunately took this persons advice on ensuring your usb ports work and sure enough, lost the lot of `em! Duh! Thinking this is an easy enough fix, went off in search of answers….it is`nt easy, not a bit of it, in fact this problem has brought my whole computer to a grinding halt with frankly, little hope of recovery in its present form.Microsoft advised a service pack install to rectify the usb problem, so I tried service pack 3 for xp,… big mistake. I have this theory that installing service pack 3 for xp will simply “timebomb” your operating system as Microsoft seem desperate to be rid of it anyway. Sure enough, it did`nt just “timebomb” it, it totally destroyed it!! Machine now will not boot as the ubiquitous “files missing” bsod starts even before windows starts to load, the Microsoft cure for this? Oh, simply get rid of service pack 2! This in an environment when you can`t boot up anyway does not bode well as my command line skills are not the best in the world!!
See! So there you go, from getting a new camera to not having a computer in one easy lesson!! Damn glad I`ve got a coupla standbys!! Lol!!! It is`nt over yet, I will save it somehow, am mad obsessed about not letting go of my machinery …. especially with all the stuff thats collected on it! Still, in the meantime, I can simply shove the hard drive in with another and have it as a slave in a different body!!
So there you have it, from the sublime to the ridiculous …. and how easily it happens!!
Hate these flippin` things … but only when they go wrong!

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  1. July 9, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Darn that free advice…it’s often worth exactly what you pay for it.
    yes I know now! Hi Martha!

  2. merri
    July 10, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Gosh you must have been pulling your hair out; that is awful.
    I am self taught but FORTUNATELY when I attached our camera to the computer, it was recognized.
    I was SWEATING though..ugh…
    I DID read at “about.com” how to get service pack 3 off but I am more than sure that more free advise is NOT what you want.
    Hope it all works out somehow!
    thanks for visiting my blog!
    take care
    Thanks for stopping by Merri! It was really strange to be told that not only did I need to get rid of SP3 but it was a “must” that I got rid of SP2 also!!

  3. July 11, 2008 at 1:58 am

    Oh blimey! Mightmare scenario…
    Sorry to learn of your woes. XP really shouldnt have a problem with USB devices – out of interest what was the camera your bought ?
    Just a thought – is it worth trying a card reader rather than using the camera into the PC directly? That’s what I use and no problems so far.
    Take it easy and keep up the good work.
    PS I agree entirely with your SP3 theory. Linux for me next hee hee
    Thanks for stopping by Dylan, the new camera, which I so far love to bits, is an Olympus E510 and have had no problem connecting it to other computers! So I reckon I must have had some serious kind of usb problem anyway? I just wish I had the guts to commit completely to linux! I wish you well if you move over to it!Cheers!

  4. July 11, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Erm…. NO COMMENT!!!!! LOL!

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    Erm…. NO REPLY!!!!! LOL! 🙂

  5. July 17, 2008 at 4:29 am

    Give Marcus a slap on the side of the head for me, will you. LOL.

    Sorry about your woes, Charles, it’s crummy all right. What a mess.

    Thanks Lorri, consider it done! 🙂

  6. July 18, 2008 at 4:24 am

    Good, Charles, I feel so much better, now. 🙂

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