I guess the PC has 9 lives. I was wrong, it wasn't a hardware problem. It was all software. What possessed me to try to fix it I'll never know. Maybe just to see if I could. And I did! I lost all data (no worries, nothing important on that computer anyway.) And I had to delete a partition (scary), but the clean installation actually worked. I haven't reinstalled the router software yet, so it's not connected to the net. And the router is kind of touchy so that's always a little tricky. But I could scan and print something if I needed to, which is a vast improvement from the clunky paperweight the PC had become.
Where I went to college, there are always a lot of engineering students. And they have to take and pass chemistry if they wish to continue with that major. I was really good at chemistry and I taught it to freshman when I was in my junior/senior year to make money to go visit my dh at West point. So, I taught them chemistry and they in turn taught me about computers. PCs, to be exact, no one I knew had a Mac back then. Of course I got to take the old family dinosaur of a PC to college, something that freaked out at the thought of the "Internet." So I got a lot of practice in computer crashes, and software incompatibility. So I was always fixing something, the whole 4 years.
When I got married and installed the wireless Internet in our first house my dh dubbed me techno barbie. (Cutest little nerd he ever saw.) Doesn't matter that I curse like a sailor when things don't go my way and I hit a button 20+ with no result. I guess love really is blind and deaf apparently. And now with the Macs in the house, I'm totally out of my element. This might be techno barbie's last great adventure, but gosh what a ride.
Happy Thursday, it's literally freezing here. Should be a good time! What do you do when your computer gives you a fit or dies?