Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What a Life

If it can go wrong it has starting with the snow storm, after that everything was down hill. I've been backing up files on the computer when the snow storm happened. AT first I didn't think much about it. I continued putting files and pictures on DVD's. I made up so many disks I thought I'd defrag the hard drives. That's when the power went out. Not all at once but a sputter where the computer tried to keep going. Then it went out for the next five days. The phone was out longer, 11 days with no internet. Didn't matter, computer crashed and wasn't coming back anytime soon.

Been working on the computer besides other things here. Had a problem with the power cables going to the drives. The connectors seem to get loose because of where the computer is, near the sliding glass door. It's a bit cooler in this space because of the glass. It's dual pane glass which help no letting the cold in but still it's cool here So, I cut all the power cables apart and soldered them together coming from the power supply getting rid of any loose cables connectors. Had to replace the ribbon cable going to two drives. That seem to help fix things also.

I've been running Spinrite 6.0 for days to recover data and refresh the surface. I got about 1% done over 4 days. That took out two blocks and recovered several other blocks. Before running this it would take 3 hours to boot up. Now it's booting up normal. Haven't tried to accessing the drive yet. I wasn't being seen by Windows but now it is so that's good. Don't want to loose 2+ years of photos. I've backed up most of the downloaded files. I had so much junk and I was running out of space.

Well, my blog space has a mind of it's own and changes type or goes off to another page while typing.

So have the cover on the computer to cut the noise down. Hopefully I won't have to get back inside.

Installed Novell's openSuSE Linux on the small computer but haven't figured out how to set up the internet yet. Getting closer I think, the network lights are coming on and the DSL modem sees the computer. I've been trying all sorts of combinations of of network IP numbers and addresses. Going to take a little more work.

Suns almost out. Going to the doctors but afterwards I'll be cutting up trees.

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