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When the S**t Hits the Fan...

My office computers, the ones that operate my inventory, sales reports, and actual sales, are old. I know they are old, the world knows they are old. I've cobbled together newer monitors, and we've burned out several mice, but the sales program that I operate was designed to work with Win 98 and I have to keep computers operating that system available for it. To upgrade to a new computer sales system, from the same developers, would cost $12,000 (not including the actual computers - just the program) and we would have to re-enter each inventory item BY HAND because there is no way to import the items from our older system into the newer one. I have more than 30,000 individual inventory items that would have to be rekeyed. Do you start to understand why I try to baby my old computers along so many years after they should have been in the junkheap?

However, my care and concern for the computers isn't always matched by them. And on Saturday afternoon, about an hour before we closed for the day, the register computer's screen came up with a fatal error. I had gotten one of these about two weeks ago and had managed to shut down and restart and everything worked fine. But that didn't happen this time. Now the networking connection between the register computer and that which holds all of the inventory information isn't being accepted. I worked on it until 9pm on Saturday night, but Sunday was Ren Fest and Men with Kilts. I had to attend. It didn't stop me from thinking about possible solutions/things to try, but at least I was away from the shop for a day.

So today I'll be back to trying to repair the network connection at 7am. I am hoping against hope that it is not a fried network card because I'm not sure I can get another one of this age. But I have two more things I can try before I call my computer guru and arrange to bring the CPU to him. In the meanwhile, that means paper invoices for people if I can't get anything else operational and that really sucks!!!! Sometimes I hate my life....
And I thought having fleas in the house was bad!
I'll toss this one to my son. He's a creative computer guy. Once he repaired his motherboard by squeezing a penny between two other parts. In his room he's got three old computers totally dismembered and stuck together to create a, well, a lot of computer guts all over the floor. I think it's indecent, but he swears its a viable system that runs really well.
I finally got it working, but I understand your son's work with the penny. I went from A to B via Z; not straight, but finally effective. Bit it was a total mess and I was crossing my fingers and legs and everything else I could, hoping that I didn't mess my sales system up beyond recovery. I think I'd rather have fleas...

- Erulisse (one L)
Go, girl! It was either your plan or one with a lot of duct tape. May your system live long and prosper.
This morning the system almost didn't work again, the start-up procedure has changed (again) because of this latest glitch. Every time I do a fix, the startup procedure changes again *sigh*. What a nightmare... Thanks for your positive words :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Good luck in fixing it! it drives me mad that older programmes don't work on recent computers. Since I changed mine, I don't know when my friends' birthdays are and that is minor.
Because of my proprietary sales system, I'm stuck using a Win 98 system because of that program. I guess there's nothing easy in my life - LOL. Thanks for your positive thoughts and I'm so sorry about your friend's birthdays.

- Erulisse (one L)
I got it resolved, but never really got it solved. I still have no idea what caused the problem in the first place. It works now, but only by connecting things in a totally different way than originally designed. Crazy computers!

- Erulisse (one L)
*hugs* and wiggling puppy kisses, that's all I need from you and your lovely dog. Those two things can work miracles.

- Erulisse (one L)
Ouch! Good luck. Having the old computers in our astronomical club, I understand you. We simply don't have the money for the new equipment and software...
Hopefully our old computers will serve all of us well for a long time... *fingers crossed*
My computers are cobbled together and after two hours of trying things, I finally cobbled one more fix together and got things back up and running again. Things like this give me grey hairs. Fortunately my hair is platinum blonde, so grey hairs just blend in - LOL.

- Erulisse (one L)
I succeeded, but with one more non-reversible fix that may sink me in the end. In a way, rather like Caesar crossing the Rubicon.'s working now again, at least. Thanks for your positive thoughts.

- Erulisse (one L)
ARGH! I do hope you can fix it!!!
*sprinkles faery dust on it*
Oh, I needed that fairy dust. That must have done the trick because I actually managed to get things working before I had to perform my first sale. So lucky! Thanks for the good wishes...

- Erulisse (one L)
Our electronic overlords have us firmly under control.

Hope this can soon be resolved to your satisfaction.
I fully believe that sometimes the electronic gods are merely Morgoth in modern guise. I did manage to get a fix done, but I'm still limping along with computers that are thirteen years old and I'm still focused on keeping them functional. Crazy!...I know :-)

- Erulisse (one L)