My ‘baby’ aka notebook is still sick. I haven’t been able to fix the error with the Windows XP CD and the Dell people were NOT particularly helpful. Let me tell you. I was pissed. On Tuesday, I spent 2 hours online [on Jon’s computer] with two different Dell support people and all they suggested was that I should reinstall the operating system, but that of course would mean that I am going to lose all my data.
Of course, what was I thinking that they might possibly be able to help me fix my computer without wiping out the hard drive? Ts.
Funny thing is that by doing some research on the Internet and consulting some people in a tech forum, I was able to get help to at least! access my data and make a back up, before I do anything else.
Someone suggested to try and parallel install a second Windows XP OS in a different folder. That way I would still be able to see my documents and get them of the notebook. That’s what I did and he was right – my documents were all still there. Thank God!
I initially wanted to burn all my files on CD as a back up, but since the whole system seems to be rather unstable [I got the blue screen two times and had to reboot – a few times getting yet another error message], I decided to invest into an external hard drive to save my data, and to have a backup for the future as well.
I ordered it online, so it will hopefully get here next week and then I hope I’ll get my ‘baby’ completely up and running again.
Man, this whole thing really drained me this week. I was so worried, let alone antsy because I felt so disconnected from everything and everyone. Of course, I was still able to access my email and update on Jon’s computer, but it’s just not the same ;) if you know what I mean.
In other news, we finally have our own parking spot behind our apartment building! No more street parking, no more worrying about parking tickets, and no more parking three blocks away :) Our next door neighbor Felicia moved out at the end of January and as promised, we got her parking spot. This is a big relief!
And to entertain you yet again with another fun story of immigrating to a foreign country, Jon and I went to the Social Security Office [SSO] today, because I’d been here for over two months now and I still hadn’t received my new Social Security Card [SSC]. Both, the lady at the American Embassy in Frankfurt and the Immigration Officer at the port of entry had assured me that the new SSC with my new name would be automatically send to me.
As it turned out, this was a misinformation. Yeah, I mean why the hell would I believe the information I was provided with by TWO officials of the American Government in the first place, right?
Well, it wasn’t a big deal. I had to fill out a new application form and the card will be mailed to me within the next two weeks. I would just have liked to know that beforehand, because then I would have taken care of that weeks ago!
So, what’s new with you?