Well here’s the update. I’m good to go…well sorta.
I got my wi-fi card today in the mail. This started a chain of events that finally ended about 15 min ago.
When I first saw the box, I thought to my self, “oh crap”, you see the box they sent was for a fax modem from like 1993. Not exactly what I ordered. I almost had a fit, that I’d have to return the thing and wait another 2 weeks to get the right part. Luckily when I opened it was the right thing.
No CD with the driver though. So just one more thing that I had to do to make the thing work. After installing the driver, it didn’t work. Crappers. I tried again and again, no luck, couldn’t get the thing to work.
Finally my roommate Carlos showed up and I asked him for help, which I didn’t really want to do, because I would like to think that I’m smart enough to figure things out on my own. I feel ok now, since it turned out to be something out of my league. We tried a few different things, and eventually had to connect to the online HP support center and tried talking to a rep to see if they could troubleshoot the issue.
As with most tech support things we ran around in circles and I ended up feeling like I was being treated like someone who had no idea of what they were doing. Carlos and I did eventually get far enough to figure out that all we needed to do was install Windows Service Pack 2.
I have never really liked what came with service pack 2 and therefore didn’t ever find a reason that necessitated me installing it.
But for now that seemed like the only viable solution other than going out and buying another wi-fi card. So since after finally spending copious amounts of time downloading and installing service pack 2, things finally work and I’m back up to speed.
I’m pretty tired of this computer…as soon as I get a chance I’m going to get something new. Unless I do like Bob Hyatt and start begging for contributions for a new laptop. Though Bob’s actually got a good idea and I’m in no way inferring that he’s pathetic. Actually if you can help the guy out.
So it will be nice to be completely mobile again. Well there’s the update. Hopefully this will be the last down installment for a long time or until I can get a new machine.
In other news, Fridays off the 405, was really nice. It’s just a cool atmosphere. Next month I think we are going to bring our own bottle of wine and have a jolly good time with friends. You are more than welcome to join the fun.