while this topic isn't about my brain... I must say, my brain is fried sometimes. I have trouble remembering things... :/ frustrating.
I enjoy helping some local people with their computers from time to time. As much as my wife would like it to be, it's not a business. I just want to help and I can't handle enough computer work to actually make any real money from it. People give me a few bucks here and there but I do this just because I want to help them.
there are times when things don't go my way and I start to want to give up.
This lady had THREE laptops that needed help. The first one was the newest and was her work laptop and she needed it fast. I don't remember all I did but I worked harder than normal and had it for her a day later. I told her I don't often finish them that quickly but she needed it so I worked hard. Second one I had for a good week I bet as it was older and needed more work.
This one though... I'd like to throw it out the window. :/
To start with, it had bugs in it. not sure why it did and the others didn't. Found several carpet beetle larvae, 2 or 3 cockroach molts, and found one baby roach crawling up my leg when I first got to work on it. That thing stayed in a plastic bag in the van when I wasn't working on it in the yard... and working on it was SLOW and only on days that were nice enough. It's been a month I bet... and I gave up on the outdoor work because I always ran out of time. I had it all aprt the other day because I NEEDED to bring it inside. Didn't find ANY bugs this time and managed to push on the fan so that it stopped hitting whatever it was hitting... it was loud. Also got the dust out of the way that was blocking it up.
Anyway... EVERYTHING I did was taking forever. I removed a LOT of unwanted junk. Could not open ANY AV and still can't. installed MSE and that is updating but I can't open it. There were traces of avast, mcafee, and at least one or two others that I've done my best to clean up. I can't even open malwarebytes.
I've run hijackthis in safe mode to get some BHOs and stuff that I could not remove in normal mode. I've managed to uninstall some of the unwanted stuff through add/remove and through CCleaner's tools. I've run the Housecall online scan... And I think that wasn't too bad.
(Oh, I have it on a flat surface with duct tape all around to help prevent anything from crawling away, in case anything is still alive)
Have done SO much and still can't get malwarebytes or MSE to actually open. MSE keeps bogging things down for a few minutes at startup but overall, things are running a little better.
I've updated windows like crazy, quite successfully. Vista SP2 managed fine along with all the next updates that it needed.
I was thinking, I should test the hdd... downloaded gsmartcontrol and it couldn't do anything for me. :/
Found it was western digital so I downloaded their diagnostic software. It shows that there's no SMART data. Shows "Fail".
BUT... ran the quick test... passed. Running the extended test and it's going smoothly so far. So, it's the SMART data that isn't working. not sure what that means at this point.
Oddly... this is showing a C and D drive, both with 74.65GB on them... D being EMPTY. Why would someone have split the drive in half and not used any of D? hmmm
I've considered reinstalling vista and I likely will head that way... but that's where my brain gets fried.
Tried booting to a vista dvd I have to see if I could first try a repair option. It wont read from it. The dvd drive is making some odd noises(when it tries) and two different dvd's where showing as if there was nothing on it. Went to my computer, right clicked, clicked "explore" and the drive opened back up asking me to insert a disc. So, that's not going to work at all. So that leaves me with either popping another dvd drive in(which I don't really want to do) or putting vista on a flash drive. I think I have the files already... I just hate complicated instructions and every time I look up putting vista on a flash drive, I get a little overwhelmed.
I need to do it though for this and future work. Would be handy to just have it that way already.
Other thing I don't really want to mess with is backing up their data. It's not like people have ALL their important data in ONE place. It's here and there any everywhere. :/
Like us, these people are poor... otherwise I'd strongly suggest just getting a new laptop.
We'll see if I can get this running like new again but my hopes aren't toooooo high right now.
Why would the SMART data not work and does that pose any problems?
I installed MSE because a LOT of people today do not want to be bothered with updates, registration, popups, etc. MSE does everything in the background well enough. But I'm open to other options if there are any other AVs out there that are just as hassle free. I personally use Avast and like it but not everyone is the same.
side note... I don't know why my brain feels so fried sometimes... I honestly have never done drugs in my life... never smoked... and can count the alcoholic beverages I've tasted in my life on one hand. So, that's not it... maybe it's from being married and/or having kids. HA.
Edited by millipede, 13 November 2013 - 04:57 PM.