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Hate. Microsoft, SO MUCH

installed SP3 last week when it asked.
Powered off today before going to work.

P.o.S P3 now fails to start up, gets into the pre-load screen and freezes, with lots of disk activity but no indication that anything is working.

(30 minutes later after much reconfiguring of hardware)

And in a fit of extra speshul short bus behavior, (1) it doesn't recognize my keyboard when plugged into the keyboard port but DOES in the USB port, and (2) extra extra speshul micro-wonder-soft-ful, it thinks the borked up state that I have been seeing is the last known good configuration. Because all good configurations DON'T present the user with a working GUI.

(and 20 minutes later)

OK, finally got rid of the stupid SP3 plague. System came up in user account again which I can fix ... but at least I have no reason to want to throw explosives at things.

I _may_ still go ahead and put Linux on this thing, for grins.


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Aug. 29th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
I am so happy I told SP3 to go away.
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Same thing happened to Stax earlier in the week. It took something like 12 hours to get her computer up and running again.
Aug. 30th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
I was watching that and hoping it wasn't going to happen to me as well, but alas...

And mine wasn't so bad - I didn't have to attach a source of tunes and was able to get the thing into safe mode.
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Yikes. Well I did a system restore point and then backed up all my files before installing SP3, hopefully if it's a ticking timebomb of doom I won't lose much.
Aug. 30th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
I just got to safe mode and uninstalled SP3.
Aug. 29th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Sounds like...
Unetbootin! Just found this yesterday. Easiest way ever to try out a few variations of linux (assuming you have a few USB sticks handy)


J Harris
Aug. 30th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
Re: Sounds like...
Interesting. If I manage to finish assembling my media PC I will have to look at that for ways to compare Linuxen.

It will never be sullied by Windows, of course, though I will probably install WINE.
Aug. 30th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
"Has anyone seen the mouse for my Amiga?"
"Bah! SunSPARC or NADA!!"
"True Blue IBM-DOS and 640k of memory is all I'll ever need, I tell you whut."
"I miss my C-64."
"Anyone have a functioning VisiCALC disk? My AppleII just munged both backup copies."

Sep. 3rd, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
Oh dear. I seem to be okay with SP3... o.o;; However, Firefox 3 does not run on my box (pre SP3... mebbe I should try that again... hmmm...)
Sep. 3rd, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
I rather suspect it had to do with my Not Having Vista Approved Hardware.
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