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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Device Failure

So the Vista refuses to take a modem in the original PCI slot; the PC refuses to boot with one in there. Once I shut it down, it boots to repair, follows through, and then refuses to start again. When I first hooked-up the printer, it worked, but the page was streaking. I ran the diagnostics and now it won't work at all.

It may well be that the motherboard was fried, but if that were the case, I don't think anything would work - right? It seems the HD works just fine, but no devices will. I know I need to do a complete reinstallation, but I can't afford to lose all the data that's on there - that was my biggest fear going into this! I also have no way to save the data at this point (it doesn't detect the network card, either), so there will be no destructive reformatting just yet.

AFAIK right this minute, it looks like I'll just have to take it in somewhere for repairs. I haven't given up just yet, but it is incredibly disheartening to be able to see, and even work with, the data that's on there, but be unable to get it off there and somewhere it will do me some good. I have a few more tricks up my sleeve, but I'm going to do some legwork on motherboard failure before I over-extend myself.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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