Hmm, Oh Well, Dell

Dell just ignored my email request for support. Oh, well. I did fix (I hope) another issue having to do with a BAD_POOL_CALLER stop error, caused by SynTP.sys, one of the files used in the Synaptics Touchpad in my laptop. This time, I used Dell chat. Much faster. I’ll post updates as to whether or not I receive the STOP error again.

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Linksys Goes Bye-Bye

Call me crazy, but installing new hardware (on USB, no less) shouldn’t disable one of your PC’s best features: the Welcome Screen and Fast User Switching. Well, the Linksys WUSB54GC USB Wireless-G adaptor does so with its software. Not what I had in mind. I’m going to have to go back on the market for a new wireless card that supports 802.11g. And the “This device can perform better” balloons that popped up every time I inserted the adaptor didn’t help. My laptop is non-upgradeable, OK? I can’t install USB 2.0 compatible controllers, so leave me alone and go soak…

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Bye Bye, Power…

So I’m working along at the library of a college, and the lights suddenly flicker and go out. The power supply for my laptop is missing something: the green light. I notice the battery icon in my system tray where the plug used to be. Something’s fishy. The power just failed. What’s wrong? I’ll try to find out, and in the mean time, I’ll move my computer before it runs out of juice. (Somehow, the computers in the computer lab are running just fine, along with a few minimal lights throughout the building.) Perhaps we will never know what happened.

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Excuse Me?! This Sounds Like an M$ Strategy

OK, some people have finally lost it. Brought to my attention by the post at http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=1307, trackback attached to this post, a small website called Explorer Destroyer is calling for discrimination against IE users. Bah, I say. If someone wants to switch to Firefox, they will. But blocking IE completely (this is Level 3 in the script) and forcing a Firefox download to view a site is crazy. And the site owner gets money for causing their visitors undue aggravation! One dollar for every referral. I smell conspiracy. Update (12/12/07): I’ve revisited this opinion in a .

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Dell Update

OK, I’ve sent Dell an email detailing my complaints. I had to dig through several site levels to find the form, but I managed. Now I’ll just have to wait for a response. I hope they’ll still talk to me.

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