This morning, so far, is a mass of suck. The game ran late (more on it in another post), I had my usual wind-down problems which led to me finally getting in bed and dropping off sometime between 12:15 and 12:45. Weird dreams and general restlessness followed, culminating in waking up at 4:15 with a mysterious light shining in my face from outside the bedroom. Thinking that Jane had perhaps gotten up and used C's bathroom for some reason and left the light on, I got up. Only to discover the light was coming from his room, where he was lying wide awake in bed. I shut his door and went back to our room without even waiting for an explanation.
At 5:45, he apparently decided it was time to wake me up. Joy. Jane's feeling sick, so I took him off to daycare. I'm feeling rotten myself, but it's just fatigue, and I've got a mandatory team meeting at 9:30. I'm also working late tonight, since I have to do some testing that will take away our main site's internet connection while I'm doing it. Hopefully, I'll be home before 9:00.
How's your Wednesday?
The day has not gotten substantially better. Technology is being evil at me.
A while back, I discovered the laptop we use for various client presentations had never gotten added to our domain. Since it didn't normally have network access, this had been understandable, but it's something I needed to correct, since the machine was woefully behind on updates, etc. Also, I'd found a wireless card we weren't using, so the machine theoretically could go on the network, which would make it a lot more useful.
Let us speak now of unintended consequences and potentially failing hardware. I successfully added the machine to the domain. Then, I installed a newer version of our antivirus software. All well and good. However, it was running really slowly. I mean, C...R...E...E...P...I...N...G along. I did some more looking and realized it was still running pre-Service Pack 1 XP. No problem, I think. I'll take it back over to my office, configure it to hit the network properly from over there, and download the updates.
First, it was creeping so slowly, I couldn't even get to the network connection screen to configure it. I finally brought the damned thing up in Safe Mode to do it. Of course then, the Update wouldn't download in anything resembling a decent rate of speed. So, I downloaded the free-standing patch, booted again in Safe Mode, and installed it.
After about half an hour of dutiful whirring and twitching, it informed me the patch couldn't install. WTF?
Fine, I think. If I can't get it to update, I'll just install over the bastard. And that, gentle reader, is where my problems truly exploded. The initial install looked to be going fine, and I left with it still needing about 35 minutes to complete.
When I got in this morning, it said it just needed another 29 minutes. It was unresponsive and just sitting there. I restarted it (risky under the circumstances, but I felt it was necessary), and it came up after doing an extensive checkdisk sequence, and let me in. I started updating the drivers and all seemed OK. Next step: Service Pack 3. I went out to the Windows Update page, and about the time it started calculating the update, I got a BSOD from hell, replete with warnings of memory dumps and all manner of difficulties.
At which point, I decided my initial reinstall had perhaps not turned out as swimmingly as hoped. I decided to do another. And another. And another. They kept failing for one reason or another. At one point, the machine stopped believing it had a hard drive at all.
I'm taking one final crack at it, using an older Dell-specific reinstall disk, because I once had problems with a similar old Dell laptop not liking a direct load of XP SP2. I hope that fixes it. If not, I'm going to have to cobble together a different machine for them to use for presentations for the time being.
I dread to consider what might go wrong with the internet testing this evening.