Priorities Floating in a Syrup of Reality

Good morning readers.  Thanks for coming for a read.

Sometimes I surprise myself with how stupid I am.  Every time I get thinking I’ve plumbed the depths of human folly something comes along to prove there’s another layer down there for me to probe.  One of the ways it all manifests itself in my life has to do with sorting out priorities and shifting things around to accommodate critical paths.  When enough pressure builds behind a particular critical path stricture my focus is drawn there and I begin some new stupidity energy release intended to allow the dammed up whateverness to pass through.

At the moment the focus is computers.  The one I’m typing on is an old XP machine I bought at a garage sale a year-or-so ago for a strictly online machine for browsing and downloading data.  But gradually for the sake of speed and convenience I sneaked around and allowed myself to do other things with it project-wise.  Stupid stupid stupid stupid.

Now this machine is trying to take a hike into oblivion.  It wants to join the other two computer carcasses stacked over on the futon that once did what it does.  I bought an old XP in a thrift store for $50 to replace this one when I knew this one was going to retire, but a lot of files and settings in the one in front of me now need to be transferred to the next one.  One of those is the modem driver that allows that machine to use the external modem this one uses to go online.  It won’t recognize the modem, absolutely refuses to acknowledge there’s a modem connected to it.

Everyone tells me there’s nothing to transferring this stuff.  I’ve got a cable especially made with a CD to allow this comp to talk to that one and transfer what’s needed.  Both machines are reluctantly willing to admit they’re capable of doing it, each proclaims it’s ready and more than willing to do it.  But then, each points the finger of blame at the other, claiming the other one has something faulty causing it to drag its heels.  Neither will acknowledge a connection is live between them, thought the light on the cable says there is.

So I have a dying machine here I can’t get any of the downloaded or installed programs off of into the other machine, which is bad enough, but worse is the fact the replacement machine doesn’t even have the brainpower to recognize the phoneline modem.  So it’s not figuring on having to go online.

Meanwhile, the offline machine I use for actual heavy-lifting is off the table and residing over with the two carcasses because the power cord, the keyboard, the mouse and screen it uses are being used by the XP intended for the next online one.

A lot of the day yesterday was spent trying to get these two XPs to shake hands and talk to one another.  But today, I think this ‘new’ XP is going into the pile of carcasses where the heavy lifter is now, and the heavy lifter’s going back to work doing what it needs to be doing.

Wasted a lot of time getting there, and more time telling about it.

Stupid stupid stupid stupid.

Old Jules

20 responses to “Priorities Floating in a Syrup of Reality

  1. I lost a Toshiba laptop enabled by XP Pro to a motherboard failure. I was in the process of a backup. I feel your pain.

  2. Computers were designed to confuse an already confused mind.

  3. I take it you’ve never messed with pulling hard drives and such? When someone I’m helping has forgotten to back up their stuff, I usually do a temporary installation of their old drive in the new machine (when possible) and copy the files, etc. But that’s because most of the time the folks I help have no idea how.

    • Thanks Ed. I’ve pulled out hard drives from previous machines in the past and stuck them into newer machines, but in this case the hard drive would have to be outside the box. The ‘new’ XP is a Dell Optiplex 745 which was previously owned by a hospital in Kerrville according to the sticker. The box is about the size of a laptop, though maybe twice the thickness. No room for a second hard drive in there and no extra cords and plugs to use to connect one. On the other hand, there’s a hard drive from one of the junkers that might fit inside the box to replace the one with XP on it, but it’s a Windows Vista system. I don’t know whether it would light up the XP remainder. Got it all pulled apart and the Vista drive plugged in where the XP drive was, trying to get up the guts to plug a power cord into it and see if it will work. Thanks for the suggestion. J

  4. Quite a headache! Last week my PC and printer wouldn’t talk to each other so I unplugged the printer thinking a cooling off period would make the heart grow fonder etc, but I was WRONG. Tried to reconnect but it expired anyway. Had to turn around and buy another one. And so it goes.

  5. I hate this sort of stuff too! It’s like moving a load of coal from the from of a truck to the back. Still maybe there’s something to say. The ‘new’ computer must have someone’s else’s admin data on it, set of priorities etc. Try making it your computer, change info, give data a path to crawl along. I generally transfer my data to a disc, bit by bit, and then put it into the new machine. Best of luck. Kristin.

    • Thanks Kristin: If I don’t set fire to the whole shebang when I try to run this Vista hard drive and if it doesn’t work I’ll back off and study your suggestion. I’ve gotten too far along to be of faint heart at the moment. Gracias, Jules

    • Kristin: Thanks. I’m walking along behind each development planting the seeds of me own destruction as nearly as I can figure. I’ll give your suggestion a shot, as soon as what I’m trying right now fails. Gracias, Jules

  6. I hate this kind ov crap! so irritating! I’m using an XP so, sympathies. 🙂

    • zainubjaved: Got my eyes spinning around in my head so’s it’s lucky nobody can see them or they’d be hypnotized. Maybe they’d become modems with Symantic running in the background protecting them. Gracias, Jules

  7. Don’t know if this applies in any way or not. I bought a 120 GB hard drive, same brand I had previously installed in an 80 GB. It turned out the big hard drive was for “commercial application” (bank of computers that work together) instead of a PC. Therefore, it would not work in my PC. The guy who straightens out my messes had to call the company to find that out. He traded hard drives with me and installed one for a PC and it worked fine. Since the Your CPU comes from a hospital it may be that it won’t work with PC equipment. Just a thought. Hope you get it straightened out soon.

    • Hi Mary. Thanks for passing on your experience. I installed the hard drive out of one of the junkers in the ‘new’ XP machine, even though it had Vista and wasn’t from a Dell comp… it booted up and seems to work okay, but it didn’t have the modem driver, either. So I came to this machine and went to conextant site to download a driver, thought I had it and put it on a CD. But the other machine wouldn’t read it. So now I went back trying downloading it again, but this time I find Norton’s the folk downloading it to me and I hate having their stuff constantly harranging me. But if it works I might put up with it just to have the modem working on the spanking new whatchallit, Vista, machine. Sheeze. J

  8. I’m feeling your pain! You just reminded me of one of the reasons I’m so glad to be married to a guy who knows the difference between a modem and a hub.

    • Hi Jane. Maybe I should have gotten married again instead of starting this 79 mb download of a supposed driver for this modem the downloader says is going to take 7+ hours, though it varies in the optimism up, or pessimism down, from time to time. Marriage might be an improvement. Gracias, Jules

  9. “When enough pressure builds behind a particular critical path stricture my focus is drawn there and I begin some new stupidity energy release intended to allow the dammed up whateverness to pass through.”
    Gosh, dude – thought I was the only one who thought like that 😉

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