|28 July 2001 ... A Clean Install|
I finally got around to playing with Fiasco the computer. I found it
takes about two hours to go from "A:\ FORMAT C:" to a computer that I
can actually do something with. And don't worry: it only took three
of those format things this time around. heh.
The first format was just a simple crash at the very beginning of the Windows install. No big deal, I almost expect it these days.
Friday night I went through my second format. This time I wrote down each and every step I took. For future reference, ya know. Turns out this was the smartest thing I've done in a while. Maybe.
(From my notes...)
I decided I could live without my trackball software. Without the software installed, the trackball itself works just fine. The speed of the pointer is a little bit different, and I can't set my buttons like I usually have them. But I really can't live without my free Office software. I don't use it as often as I use my trackball, obviously, but when I do use Star Office, it's important. So I hoped and hoped it was the trackball software that was causing the problem. (The third option is to unplug the trackball and plug in a mouse. But really, playing with a computer mouse is not my idea of fun, but rather the height of frustration.)
This morning, very early, I went through the two hour process again. This time installing the printer and scanner. And avoiding that trackball software like it was a virus or something, ha. And have had absolutely no problems.
So far, that is.
Well, except for the fact that I forgot to back-up my IE Favorites before I did the format thing. I always forget, and it always annoys me. It's easy to get around the problem in Netscape, you just make sure your bookmark.htm file is on a different partition. But you can't do that with IE, your Favorites are stuck forever in the C:\Windows directory.
And, yes, I do use both the IE and Netscape browsers. At the same time,
no less. :)
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