hawkeye (hawkeye7) wrote,
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More Minor Computer Drama

The media machine failed to start up. Some boot file had bit the dust. Vista 64 said to insert the installation disc. First problem: no installation disk. Well, I actually had the disk that I had installed Windows Vista Ultimate Media Centre Edition with, but it wasn't bootable and clearly not what was required here although I tried it anyway.) After trying the reboot a few times (if there's one thing I've learned over the years of working with computers it's that if something doesn't work the first time, give it a couple more tries) I set out to find a repair disk.

Fortunately, the days of just one puter in the house are long past, and desktop machine here has an internet connection, a DVD burner, and even a legal copy of Nero. And as it turns out, a lot of people who bought a new laptop have found that they don't come with installation disks (where's the profit on a $1,000 laptop if you give away a 50c installation disk for free?) and so someone has made bootable recovery disks available as ISO images via torrents. A quick search located a blank CD (another endangered species) and soon I had a bootable CD.

Of course, it still wouldn't boot from it. Had to fiddle with the BIOS. I guess I figured that any disc left in the media machine was probably a video DVD filled with crapware and should not be booted from. Once that was overcome, a variant ofc Windows started up and asked if I wanted to reinstall or repair Windows. Selected "repair" and it said "ok" and all was well again.
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