Pumping oil — 10 Comments

  1. Oh no! Will you be able to get it back, do you think? Frankly I’m terrified of computers – we backed our laptop up to one of those little stick things, but they next time we plugged it in it wouldn’t recognise it. Scary. But will you get your photos and stuff back?

    Sorry, I sound like one of the kids when you’re trying to fix something going ‘is it done? have you fixed it? is it done yet? Hmm? hm??’

  2. It is a very long and tedious process. I have now managed to retrieve all my vital files, and am now trying to restore the laptop so that it works again. That is proving to be very difficult.

  3. That is an excellent analogy!

    At least repairing it will keep you away from the ads on T.V. I’m in the middle of sorting out the fifth new laptop that was purchased as a Christmas present where the following day Vista keeled over and died.

    I always hated Vista but I think I’m going to have to change my tune because it has been keeping me in beer money 🙂

  4. I’m not blaming Vista as such. I think it was another application that screwed up my MBR, my BOOT.INI and all the partition info on the primary disk. On the whole, I’m quite happy with Vista, though this new machine [Toshiba Satellite L350-170] seems to have a lot less niggly problems than the old Acer Aspire 7220G.

  5. You haven’t come across the dreaded crcdisk.sys problem yet? For some bizarre reason some Vista machines just decide to stop booting up. Booting in safe mode freezes just after crcdisk.sys loads.

    It’s a nightmare problem and the only way I could ever get around it was to restore from the system cd’s. There is plenty of discussion about it all over the net but none of the suggestions there ever worked for me.

  6. My problem was that my restore sector was badly corrupted, and of course they didn’t provide any CDs with the machine. I did manage to find a very neat free utility though which I may mention in a day or so. It creates a bootable XP DVD with rakes of utilities on it for system restoration.

  7. I think I know the one you are on about. I came across it myself the other day.

    One of the laptops that I had to restore the other day was an Acer but luckily I knew someone else who had a similar one who actually created the restore CD’s.

    8 of them! I told him that he had the option of making two DVD’s instead. The look on his face was priceless as he said he spent something like 2 hours shovelling in blank CD’s.

    Incidentially if you (or anyone) goes to create the Acer restore CD’s you only need CD 1 and 2. I have no idea what is on the rest except for CD 8 which is the driver CD.

    In true idiotic fashion you can only burn that one only agter having burned the previous 7 so it might just be worth having a CD with the downloaded drivers around.

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