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What a struggle to get the patches installed, with some of my archived patches even trying to go online for more
patches – which was not going to happen at home. Then a disk check, which takes up to an hour on my large-but-slow notebook drive. Still, my main tools (OpenOffice.Org , HTML-Kit) were on there on Sunday, I could have done any necessary work at any time. Except for audio editing, that requires Adobe Audition, a classy program I don’t mind paying for. (Though I am looking harder at Audacity as a free software alternative.)
Still at work, downloading drivers. I rebuilt my notebook PC the other day, after an unwise attempt at disk partition modification. I normally use “Partition Magic”, which does the job pretty well, but this time I used Microsoft’s command line “DiskPart” utility. I gave the right command, and the utility returned an error like “your disk is not suitable for expansion”. But it was suitable, and it did appear to have done the job, according to the Disk Management screen. However, Windows Explorer did not recognize the change, and trashed files over the next day or so, to the point where “lsass.exe” was damaged and logging on caused an error and a (clean) shutdown.
The good news is that I had backed up all my data first, and I keep the freshest working data on my flash cards. I did not lose a byte, and reinstalled Windows XP while watching the last Euro 2004 quarter-final on Sunday. Tonight it’s the Service Pack and subsequent hotfixes, anti-virus, then maybe Microsoft Flight Simulator with the NY Megascenery addon pack. This time I’m going to experiment with stripping out even more of the Microsoft applications than I usually do, even Internet Exploiter (if that is possible). Mozilla, for me, now does it all, and better.
I came in to work to upload last night’s writing, to find the Internet in the throes of a major “worm” attack. This one affects systems running Microsoft’s SQL Server 2000 software, which can be hijacked through a known security hole. The hole was fixed six months ago, but the patch has clearly not been applied worldwide. It’s possible that the people behind the worm didn’t see the opportunity until the problem was publicized – there’s a lesson in there somewhere, though I have no idea what it is. Things have calmed down somewhat, since I can get through to post this, but I still see some odd browsing failures.
Well, I never got to the bottom of the driver problem, but it hasn’t reoccurred after a reinstallation of Windows XP Professional. The USB side is great too – just what I paid for. I had a bit of a scare when the system stopped for about 5 minutes during boot, but that turned out to be linked to a particular 16MB CompactFlash card that I had inserted for testing. It was given to me by a colleague who was having problems with it. It works in my camera so I’ll keep it as a standby, but it’s otherwise no use, since I already have decent 128MB and 256MB cards. The next step may be a faster card, to improve the camera performance a little.
The laptop rebuild went well, but after adding some software I had an error I’ve never seen before, at shutdown: STOP 0x0000009F DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE. Recommended actions include removing any new drivers and even wiping the system. I’m installing Windows XP Service Pack 1 as well, for the first time, to see if it helps. If not, it means a wipe-and-load procedure. Put it this way: it looked great until some third-party software was installed, so it’s not a case of “blame Microsoft” this time.