And so the saga of the laptop continues.
I received a mail yesterday saying that my laptop had been delivered. Hah! thinks I, they have lost the plot. Just to be on the safe side though I checked my CCTV to see if there had been any visitors. There hadn’t, but there on the live camera I could see something leaning against the inside of the front gate.
It was a package.
The lazy fuckers couldn’t even be arsed to open the gate and had just dropped it there. I brought it in and opened it up.
It’s a Dell Inspiron 17 3000 [if you want the full name].
Now this is the machine that I paid for and which got lost. It was written off and I got a rebate. I had of course ordered another from Dell themselves, so I cancelled that order too. So now I have a new laptop that I haven’t paid for.
It’s a lovely machine – very fast and with an enormous screen [for a laptop]. Naturally the first thing I did with it was to stick in a Linux USB stick thingy and reboot. It refused to read the USB. I looked for the manual. There wasn’t one.
Eventually I got the USB to work and loaded Linux. Brilliant! It runs like the clappers.
I booted back into WIndows. It fucked up the disk and all I gut was a blank screen displaying “grub>”. Fuck!
I booted in again using the Linux USB and ran a little program called “Boot Repair”. It failed. Fuckfuck!
I rebooted yet again and found that in fact it had worked so I was able to get into either WIndows or Linux. Great. I loaded all my programmes and am all set to go. Except that for some reason, some of my Linux settings are different and I can’t for the life of me work out why. Most are trivial but some are very important [see under “vital”]. Bugger!
In case anyone is wondering what I am doing instead of scribbling, I have started on another project.
Linux Mint is my usual home with all my programs and Interweb stuff. But WIndows now only has Word on it, and no networks access. So the only thing I can do on it is write. The idea is that I have no distractions; no Interweb; no mail; no games; no nothing. So I have started on The Book yet again, but instead of trying to fix my previous efforts I’m starting from scratch. I go into Linux to read mail and the like and then I go into WIndows for the rest of the day where I am isolated.
It’s going quite well.
It was actually storming along until a new laptop dropped out of the sky and distracted me.