How to Fix Your Laptop's DVD Drive

  • Jul. 21st, 2010 at 1:14 AM
the_wanlorn: A drawing of Cthulhu saying "What the fhtagn" (Cthulhu)
Hello, fine citizens of the internet! Today, I bring you a guide for fixing a laptop's DVD drive! ANY DVD drive! So long as it is in a laptop!

THIS GOT LONG )

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STILL CRAZYCAKES

  • Mar. 25th, 2010 at 3:29 PM
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Last night, I couldn't remember if I posted a post that day or not, so I was sitting here at 10PM going "THINK, SELF. THINK OF SOMETHING TO SAY. COME ON, MAYBE YOU CAN TALK ABOUT LOS- oh, right."

Man, my laptop hasn't overheated once since I took it apart to clean out the fan. :( I am the worst laptop mommy. Not even when I spent a while clipping all the Chuck Finley bits of Burn Notice that I had the patience to go through. FYI INTERNET I AM STILL COMPLETELY IN LOVE WITH THE... MAN? CONCEPT? Write a fic called "Five Things Chuck Finley Didn't Do (And One He Did)" Y/Y?

I keep thinking that I want to apply to Google's Summer of Code thing, except I am stopped every time I start poking at an application by "Well they're not going to pick you anyway, so why bother?" Why am I so crazy? So, you know, looks like I'm not going to be bothering.

Today I am going to actually get up and find the CDs I want to listen to instead of desperately trying to find torrents because I'm too lazy to dig out my external drive. SPEAKING OF MUSIC does anyone have Russell Gunn's "The Concept"? I have to write a paper on it and while, theoretically, we will be able to get enough out of the professor playing it in class, I would feel better if I had a copy I could poke at at home where I can actually concentrate on what's going on in it, and my prof just gave me a "..." look when I asked if I could get a copy of the song. DUDE, RIPPING AN MP3 AND EMAILING IT IS NOT DIFFICULT. IF I HAD A LAPTOP WITH A WORKING CD DRIVE I WOULD EVEN DO IT IN CLASS.

Okay, back to read more Dresden Files. And thinking about Lost. Oh self. :(
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Well internet! This morning was fun!

I wrote a couple papers, set my mouse aside, and turned on the printer to print them. And the dreaded cups-insecure-filter came up! So I moved the USB connector to a different port, in hopes it was just the port being weird. Alas! It was not! I tried deleting the printer and then adding it again, except when I went to add it, there was no printer to be found.

In the past, this has happened because the drivers got corrupted/fucked up, and since I'd recently installed a new printer I figured I mucked something up there (god damn you handwriting meme!). So I removed the USB connector from my computer, uninstalled the drivers, downloaded them, and went to reinstall them.

Of course, because Canon hasn't updated its drivers since 1993, it refused to install because the dependencies listed libcupsys2, which had been replaced by libcups2 recently. No problem! I can just install the dummy package! Except... no... because a bunch of its dependencies weren't met. And I didn't want to fuck around adding more useless shit to my system.

But hey, no biggie! I can just depackage the .debs, change the libcupsys2 to libcups2, repackage them, and reinstall! EASY PEASY. So I do that, and go to add the printer. Whoops! Forgot to plug it in. I lean forward to get the USB cord, except it's not on the table. No problem, the dog probably knocked it off when he was tearing around the room, I just need to get up and grab it. Except... there isn't a USB cord connected to the printer... at all...

THEN INTERNET. THEN I FLASHED BACK TO LAST WEEK. WHEN I WAS DOING THE HANDWRITING MEME. I couldn't find my Dell printer/scanner's cord, so I took the one off my Canon and used that. And then I never put it back.

And the USB connector I had been fiddling with earlier was the one for my mouse.

I had never plugged the fucking printer in.

:(
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So, here's the thing. I have an internship right now, an intership that pays really good. If I put away half of my paycheck every month, I'll be able to live for six months without a job.

But, and here's the thing, right now while I'm employed, it doesn't seem like as of January 1 I'm going to be jobless again. Because I have a ton of money. Which leads me to doing stupid things, like finally upgrading the shit out of my desktop.

And then deciding fuck it, I might as well build an entire new desktop because this one's from friggin' 2000. idk if you know this, but 9 years old is fucking ancient in computer years. It's slowly breaking down and I'm just trying to ignore that, because it was the first computer that belonged to me and me along and, well. I love it. :(

Enter the new and improved milleniumfalcon )

Now, when I'm dismantling this computer in 10 months and selling it for parts so I can pay rent for one more month, don't say "I told you so", all right?

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I spend all day at work installing server OSes, I try to install one little desktop OS and suddenly I'm incapable.

1. First install DVD reported files missing, chalked it up to how the computer I used is from 2000 and kind of slow and stuttery.

2. netinst on secondary hard drive went smoothly. Rebooted system, booting from HDD2 lead to "Missing operating system", booting from HDD1 hangs at Grub Stage 1.5, always has.

3. Say "Fuck saving a Vista drive", install on primary hard drive, forgetting to blank secondary. Figure it won't matter. What is that? Missing OS message and hanging during Grub again? OF COURSE.

I'm blaming it on netinst and, as I type, burning the first DVD on my other computer. I'm going to be ripshit if it turns out the .iso itself is missing files and that's why it won't work properly.

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Network Upgrade Next Week

  • Aug. 12th, 2009 at 2:54 PM
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For anyone who cares, SK got the last of the OTP meme.

idk if you know this, but I'm a bit of a computer geek.

Today I was like "I am getting paid tomorrow! I guess I shall spend my paycheck today!" because lord knows being responsible with my money and not spending it on frivolities would just be silly.

Off to NewEgg I hied and surfed around until I came upon the wireless router I've been drooling over for eight months or so. Soon I'm going to have a new D-Link X-treme N Gigabit Router. You guys, it has three antennae. Oh my god I'm going to be able to get to my wireless all the way down the street if I so choose.

Also I have received reliable reports that, unlike with the POS Linksys and Belkin routers I've used/am using before, I'll actually be able to set up a VPN with this router. OH GOD I WILL BE ABLE TO GET TO MY STUFF FROM WORK. NO LONGER WILL I BE AT [personal profile] soleta'S GOING "CHRIST WHY DIDN'T I REMEMBER TO PUT ____ ON THIS COMPUTER." I AM SO EXCITED.

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!

So, for a while, I was using my (elderly) desktop's second internal drive (1TB) as a storage drive. Then, for reasons I have not been able to diagnose and have decided to just blame on the network card, I stopped being able to connect to map it from any of my other computers! Seriously, once a week I sit down with it and try to figure out what's changed since the last time I was able to connect (I moved) and two hours later I'm a ball of "WORK DAMN YOU THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU JUST FUCKING LET ME CONNECT >:O" rage.

So, I got an external 1TB drive and transferred everything to that and... now just live without those files because I can't be arsed to move the external into my bedroom from the living room with my desktop. Too bad I didn't think to get an external drive I could connect to the network, right?

>:)

I've got a 2-bay NAS enclosure coming to my house. It is so fucking hot. I just bought the cheapest, open box one with two bays off NewEgg, because if it turns out the problem isn't with my desktop, but with the network itself, I want to have wasted the least money. But I am so fucking excited.

I'm going to take the internal spare drive out of my desktop and pop it in there. Then I'm going to put everything from my Ubuntu laptop on there, wipe the Ubuntu laptop drive, and put that drive in there until I can afford to get another 1TB drive to stick in there.

And then! One of my printers (fuck off, it was cheaper to buy a new printer than buy new ink for my Dell printer/scanner) is going to become the network printer. And then! I'm going to attach my 1TB USB external HD to the NAS and pray that that means I'll have 2.06TB on my network.

Oh my god you guys, do you know what this means? It means I can schedule all of my computers to run weekly backups direct to the NAS. I have never backed up a computer before I am so fucking excited you have no idea my god. I WON'T EVER LOSE MY DATA AGAIN.

SLIMED TO THE KNEES

What my sexy new network is going to look like, sort of because I forgot to move the external drive from my desktop to the NAS.

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FRANDS!

  • May. 25th, 2008 at 11:49 PM
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[livejournal.com profile] soleta and [livejournal.com profile] kisahawklin are here! And, uh, have been since Friday. I just don't care enough about you all to tell you these things.

THAT IS A LIE. YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU.

So, on Friday, we slept. Or, well. They socialized with [livejournal.com profile] darth_cabal while I shouted incoherently from my bedroom. Because I was sleeping. Minus how I was awake and stuff. Sort of.

On Saturday, we went to see the newest Indiana Jones. IT WAS AMAZING. AND EPIC. AND WONDERFUL. AND JUST AS GOOD AS THE FIRST THREE. AND IF YOU DON'T AGREE I WILL DEFRIEND YOU ON THE SPOT. FOR SERIOUS. NOT LIKE LAST TIME. THIS TIME I MEAN IT.

It was marvelous you guys.

I also went to the Mass Sheep and Woolcraft festival that morning, and Wee came along. We left at seven o'fuckingclock in the morning. Because Cummington is a long, long way away from Boston. But it was fun, and I took lots of pictures of sheep, and said hi to acquaintances from last year, and got yarn so I could make [livejournal.com profile] moirarogers's kids (YES, BREE IS TOTALLY THEIR PARENT, TOO. IT IS TOTALLY NATURAL TO HAVE THREE PARENTS. STFU.) toys for my visit and make Lexi her Gryffindor scarf for next Christmas.

And then we went home. And, ummm. Did stuff? I don't really remember. See, once we got home from the festival, I got really really cranky. And so most of the day, minus during the movie (Wee will testify to my bouncing up in down in my seat and grinning like a moron through 90% of it), I was in a seething rage at everything. And I seethed to wee in great detail. About everything from actualfax maddening things to how angry it made me that I had to breathe to keep on living. GOD THE HUMAN BODY IS SO INSUFFICIENT.

And on Sunday I reformatted my Linux laptop's hard drive and installed the latest version of Ubuntu. Once my other downloads, I start downloading the XFCE version of Debian. LOOK YOU KNOW HOW I HAVE TO REARRANGE LIVING QUARTERS EVERY COUPLE MONTHS? THIS IS LIKE THAT.

I dropped [livejournal.com profile] darth_cabal off at the airport, got lost in Boston (stfu, just because I've lived here for three years doesn't mean I can't still get lost once a week >:( NON-EUCLIDEAN GEOMETRY IS HARD, DAMN YOU.) And theeeeen we came home. OH NO WAIT. And then we...

Okay, I can't actually remember what really happened after that. But eventually we went to the game shop near school to get me dice. I chose them based on prettiness, not based on whether or not they liked me, because that is stupid, dice can not like you, they are dice, and just because I chose the set that had the D20 that rolled the highest numbers for me means NOTHING, NOTHING I TELL YOU.

And then we went to Home Depot because Kate's iBook is broken, and I told her I'd try to fix it for her. And because Apple is staffed by fucking morons I needed a goddamn bendy thinger (normal people call them allen wrenches) to get the case off. And, jesus fucking christ, I can't even begin to explain to you how much I hate Apple. LIKE, SERIOUSLY. THE WAY THEY CONSTRUCT THEIR LAPTOPS IS UNBELIEVABLY STUPID. I... >:O

I got it to the point where I could see the hard drive, and gave up for the day. Tomorrow I'll try some more.

Then we played DnD. Sort of. I mean, we played DnD. Yeah. LOOK. I AM TRYING NOT TO ADMIT THAT LAST TIME I WAS DOWN THERE, THEY MADE ME PLAY DND AND IT WAS ALL TOO COMPLICATED AND I WAS SULKING BECAUSE, HELLO, MAKING ME PLAY DND, SO THEY WERE LIKE "GOD, WE'RE JUST GOING TO PLAY AS SAM AND DEAN WINCHESTER FFS >:("

(When I was last down there, we sort of almost got killed by the fishy things because we sort of kind of beat each other up in the hotel. It was pathetic. But also totally in character. And I got a fucking awesome manta ray cloak thing that um I forget exactly what it does but it's awesome. And now we own a fairy court or something or other, idk, I wasn't really paying attention, I was, um, hitting my cat? IDK. POINT BEING. DEAN AND SAM ARE TECHNICALLY FAIRIES NOW.)

(I hate myself a little.)

And now they are sleeping and I am in bed watching the NCIS finale and falling even more in love with Sheppard because I know what's happening and considering getting up and starting on Katie's stuffed animal. Even though I am exhausted. Also I've been doing [livejournal.com profile] inkdot's meme thingy since Wednesday. Just, you know. Not posting them. Because it's too much effort to get the photos off my camera. SHUT UP DO YOU KNOW HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO GET THE CARD OUT AND PUT IT IN MY COMPUTER AND UPLOAD THEM ALL AND STUFF?

"What do you want me to do? Hold your nozzle? >:(" GOD I LOVE ZIVA.

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