Posted 05 September 2008 - 10:23 PM
Actually, I'm learning a lot more about my system in a shorter amount of time than I was looking forward to. Long after I learned how to actually install and uninstall, I did learn how to "get there" without typing "Control Panel" in the Start Search routine. I learned the term "safe mode" as the Microsoft tech and I were returning the system to "standard mode". Still, I know what "safe mode" conceptually but not quite what all it entails or which of the things the first tech and I did that got us there; I do know that I did do more than just put the computer into "safe mode". I do know that my USB ports checked out ok, and that the connectivity problems were reduced with the new and upgraded wireless card. And hey, yesterday all on my own I did discover that I had multiple "modems" installed according to the computer; I've since removed them all, uninstalled the s/w, reinstalled the s/w (just one more time, I can do this one with a groan and full confidence now) - and all of this latest on my own.
I did manage to pick up 7 malware on my own too. Of course, following a potential solution trail is what led me to this site. It looks like my new learning curve project will be covering the subject of registries, the realities of worms and other uglies, and getting my system back to "normal. In the mean while, this is my third time to try to post. At least this time when I lost connectivity, I didn't lose my post. At this point, who knows if I'm not quite as quarantined as my security software says I am, if I'm still having mobile card system problems, or if I have some otherwize unknown config conflict.
Someday, somewhere over the rainbow - I'll get my productivity s/w out and installed. Its been years since I've actually used some of those products - boy, installation, configuration, and acutally producing a document sounds like another series of learning curves. Once I figure out a functional directory/folder and subdirectory system, I may be able to take and download all of those pictures I've been evisioning sending to relatives about the country; if they're still alive by the time I get to that point!