I hate it when you labor at something for days only to find out it was in vain…
I got a bug up my ass last weekend to wipe out my old PC and turn it into a server. Upgrade it to Windows XP Professional and only install the programs I needed. Simple enough.…
First, I backed up everything onto my 250G hard drive. Then I proceeded to wipe out everything and start installing. Had everything installed and my TV Tuner/Video Capture wouldn’t work. So I reformatted and tried again.
Got it to work, but then other funky shit started happening. So I said fuck it and reformatted and tried putting Windows XP Home back on. Before I Could even install I was getting errors and shit. So I said fuck it, I will restore my back up.
But how do I do that.…I couldn’t just copy over the drive with windows running and Windows XP doesn’t allow you to start up from a DOS prompt. So I labored for over 6 hours hand copying file by file and skipping over whatever files were in use.
Then by genius, I realized all I had to do was install Windows on my D: drive, wipe out my primary C: drive and copy stuff over to that and then go into my D: drive windows and tell the computer to start up my C: drive backup. It worked!!!!
But whenever I would try and capture video, it looked fine, but when I would play back it would skip (like a broken record) on the video, but the audio would keep going. I spent four more hours uninstalling and reinstalling my drivers and always got the same shit. If I tried to install the latest version, then my machine couldn’t see the hardware and kept saying “Unknown Hardware Found” but never find what drivers went to them.
So I reverted back to a driver set that worked, but still got the same video problems. I thought I will try a different tape (I was trying to put an old VHS I bought on DVD so it will last longer) Turns out the VHS was doing that Light/Dark thing that would happen when you tried to copy a store-bought VHS) so when I would try different tapes, they worked fine.….
IT WAS THAT ONE STINKING TAPE! I SPENT A WEEK DOING CRAP FOR NOTHING!
Isn’t technology great. Why can’t we have computers that talk like on Star Trek and tell us whats wrong with them? Cars can tell mechanics, why can’t PCs?