83 Updates

After installing Windows on the Gateway and finishing driver installations, I went to Windows Update and got a list of updates needed. The total: 83. 59.4 MB of files, with an estimated download time of an hour and a little change. Downloading update 7 now, so it might be a while before I move on to installing necessary software, like AVG Antivirus and Antispyware. Those two are next on the list, though.

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New Option in Gateway Restoration

I’ve found a new option on the Gateway Operating System disc. The Gateway Restore program will partition and format “Physical drive 0” instead of referring to it by letter. Right now, it’s completed partitioning and formatting (according to the wizard) and is “Prepairing [sic] Windows Installation…” We’ll see if this works…

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Chat Complete, but Solution Doesn’t Look Workable

I completed my chat with Gateway Support about five minutes ago, coming away with an entire set of instructions. I’m supposed to insert the recovery CD and “Boot to Command Prompt”, using FDISK to reformat the hard drive. Problem is, the drive doesn’t appear to be accessible from the only Command Prompt I can find, the Recovery Console on the Windows setup disc. I’ll spend a little more time trying to get access to the drive, but if I can’t it’ll be back to Gateway…

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Cannot Format User Partition

No way…Gateway System Recovery cannot format the user partition on the Gateway laptop. So how do I get the OS installed? I can’t do anything with Windows without being able to boot into Windows, and I’ve tried both options on the Recovery CD. I guess there’s only one option left: Gateway Technical Support. If they can’t solve the problem, the computer may have to be declared dead. (I could ask to have it taken to Geek Squad, but their prices are ridiculous, and I have some doubts about their actual skills.) So, I head to Gateway.com in search of assistance.

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Restoration Complete…Until Now

I know, I took longer than 30 minutes. The installer took a long time, and then it got late. Anyway, status update. I left the Gateway laptop with fully installed drivers and OS last night. It was configured to access the network and ready for software. Then I tried to boot it up this evening and received the same that was occurring yesterday. Stupid Windows… Now I’m using the Recovery CD right from the get-go, and am performing a full HDD format and reinstall, which will hopefully get rid of that damned error. The problem has to be a corrupted…

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Restoration from the Win-doze

After a quick conversation with my dad, learning that we had all the discs, I elected to try booting into the Gateway Recovery CD, that other disc the installer rejected. It seems to be working so far; the screen says “Restore in progress…” I only wish I had discovered the Recovery disc before wiping the system… Update in about 30 minutes, when the wizard completes the recovery operation.

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Windows Glitch Partially Solved

The clean Windows installation went pretty smoothly; the machine was back up by 1730. The only problem: No Gateway software or drivers. I have to solve that problem now. On first start-up, it asked for the Gateway Drivers and Applications CD, so I inserted the second disk from the case containing the Windows disk. It was rejected. Another time, perhaps the computer’s owners can locate other Gateway disks that might be the right one. For now, we have a blank laptop PC with no networking capabilities and no software. At least Windows boots now…

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Windows Glitch (What Else is New?)

My brother did something to his girlfriend’s computer that corrupted C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM, leaving the system unable to boot. When I arrived, on my way back home, they pounced on my technical skills and recruited me to fix the computer. I asked first for the same thing the Gateway did: The XP system disks. I Googled a few things before starting, trying to get more information on the error. The Recovery Console could be used to fix the problem, but the process was extremely risky on OEM-installed versions of Windows, which hers is. Reinstalling Windows was the next likely option. I dug…

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LCARS GUI on Windows!

I have discovered the program LCARS24 on SourceForge, which is a 32-bit DPMI interface for DOS-based laptops/PCs. It installs in the root drive of your computer and runs an LCARS interface like from Star Trek when called, containing over a dozen programs and many, many data displays. I’ve managed to get it to run nicely on Windows XP, though I hear your mileage may vary depending on your hardware. I like it, and the SFML markup used by the program to create LCARS data displays shows quite a bit of promise. It’s reasonably intuitive, and the program supports screenshots, so…

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