Computer Woes

Well, the move went pretty smoothly.  I can’t say the same for the computer.  Although partly my fault but not exactly.

Some time ago I had a hard drive fail on me.  So I used a spare laptop Scorpio blue 500GB driver to be my boot drive.  A little later I upgraded to a SSD drive to be the boot drive.  What I did was ‘clone’ the Scorpio to the SSD using Acronis True Image.  A co-worker mentioned that it will do a proper clone including boot records and all.

At any rate when I moved to the new place I yanked the Scorpio from the system thinking it wasn’t used at all now since the SSD was taking over.  But apparently I was wrong.  The SSD didn’t have the boot record properly set up.  Having just moved I was panicing trying to find that blasted Win 7 CD.  Eventually found it and recovered/recreated/fixed the boot record.  I hate admin work.  Problem one solved.

New problem.  I wanted to print something duplex.  My printer, an HP LaserJet 1536dnf MFP can do that.  However for some reason the printer settings dialog, the one the manufacturer is in control of, wouldn’t come up.  I’d see a flash of a window trying to make itself shown but it would immediately disappear and I’d be looking at the standard windows print dialog.  Sigh, I just updated with the latest windows patches so I suspect there’s a newer print driver.

So I go to HP.com and download the latest and greatest.  It uninstalls the old one which was sort of working.  It then tries to install the new one and fails…  Shit.  Try my CD driver that came with the printer.  Fails.  WT…  Google and apparently I’m not the only one who has similar problems.  Unfortunately for me, all the ‘solutions’ that are posted don’t work for me.  Tried making a new admin user to install the drivers, nope.  Tried using the universal print drivers which just dumbs my printer down to just a printer (bye bye scanner and fax), nope.

The only thing I haven’t tried is re-installing the OS…  And that is pretty much the last option that an HP tech in one of the solutions suggested to do.  Unfortunately I know this could actually fix the problem but it is such a heavy handed solution.  And it really ticks me off knowing I’ll have to do this.  So I’m a bit unhappy at the moment.  Thanks to MS’, HP’s, or both of their shoddy programming causing me grief.  A USB print driver shouldn’t be that fancy even if it’s also a scanner and fax in there.  I’m so annoyed.

Currently I got the printer installed on an older laptop running good old reliable XP.  No problems there.

Returning to normality.

This summer the weather here in Vancouver has been AWESOME! Unfortunately Denise and I have had very little chance to enjoy it.

First off was the wedding trip. Her mom, brother, and best friend arrived in Vancouver for a about a week.  We saw the sights here; then over to Toronto for a few days, saw the sights there; then finally in the Bahamas for just over a week for the wedding. It went pretty smoothly but not entirely relaxing.

Once we got back we immediately went into house hunting mode. The landlord of the place we moved into in October of last year called us up 3 or 4 months into our tenancy that they were going to sell. A few weeks later the place was sold. We were not exactly pleased because we wanted to stay somewhere for more than just 1 year. I do not know if they already had the idea to sell in mind when we signed the lease so I will just assume they were not going to and use the house as an income property. Ah well. We had to find a new place before the end of September.

We wanted to move out as soon as possible so we could settle down earlier. Plus we did not want to feel rushed or in a panic in September when we absolutely would have had to move.  We actually found an pretty good place for August 1st. Signed and then looked a little closer at the place… It needed certain fixes. Then we got a better idea of what kind of landlord we were going to be dealing with talking with the neighbors and learning a bit of the history of the place. What a piece of work. Certain things on our list to be fixed should have been fixed at least a year or more ago when the damage happened. Talking with the neighbors made me realize that the landlord was not going to do damn all about problems. We managed to get them to sign a mutual agreement to terminate tenancy. We lost out a month rent and damage deposit from the ordeal but all in all, it was probably the cheapest solution to the problem. So back to square one, looking for a new place.

Basically two days after the above termination we found the place we have just finished moving into. Ok, just finished is a bit of a stretch, we still have to unpack everything and put the stuff in the proper place. New landlord is 180 from the above. He keeps his place pristine and well maintained. We were initially baffled by what we were seeing as the place was listed a lot lower than what we were expecting. At any rate, we are in, we are happy. It is not an ideal place. It has carpet which is not our favorite floor covering. It is slightly smaller than the place we are moving from and a little less bright inside. But all in all, it is a very nice place… I do have to downsize some of my crap though. I guess it is about time I do anyway.