Don't try this at home: reformatting your computer without a backup drive and another computer....

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Real Estate Agent with Alain Pinel BRE 01367196

Spent countless hours with remote assistance techs who were trying to find the root cause of problems on my computer. 

They finally gave up....and echoed the age-old solution: REFORMAT YOUR DRIVE!

Big sigh.....

Backed up documents...

Made sure I have all the CDs, I need to reformat and reinstall...

With a heavy heart, I initiated the reformatting...

Then reinstalled...

WTF? The network card wasn't found.

Using another computer, downloaded all the drivers I can find, saved them on an external drive, reinstalled them on my now dead computer. Still no go.

Other techies try....error messages. Network card not found, not installed.

Fortunately, I have an extended warranty. And Dell will send tech to install new motherboard.

In the meantime, I'm grateful I have access to another computer, an external drive, and an ipad. So I am not completely out of the tools I need for work.

God help those who don't have a back up computer in situations like this.

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Rainmaker
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I hear you, Pacita.

   For years I worked on "1 Computer".   A Virus or a Crash would put me out of business for days... I had to go to the Public Library, or Kinko's, or somewhere else to use or rent a very insecure computer, until the Geek Squad or Up and Running could get my busted computer fixed.

  Today I use 2 Laptops, plus Mobile (Blackberry), and I have 2 Desktops for Backup.

 

July 03, 2011 11:03 PM
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Richard Weisser
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Pacita...

It can be so frustrating ... all those hours spent without success. I hope that your computer is up and running soon.

July 03, 2011 11:05 PM
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Jim Hale
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Good to have two hard drives in tandem...or a link to the clouds.

July 03, 2011 11:59 PM
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John Pusa
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Pacita - It is important to have a backup computer, in case the computer working on does not function. Thank you for the detailed quality blog.

July 04, 2011 12:55 AM
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
Alain Pinel

John --- I've slowly migrated to gmail and starting to use other means for saving docs ... The less I have on the computer the less vulnerable I feel.

 Jim --- iCloud it is...soon!

Richard --- I don't feel so helpless since I have my Passport backup drive....limited things I can do on IPad but at least I'm functional. Thank goodness wee have an extra laptop at home and a desktop at work...and I have an iPhone and iPad....

Fred ---- almost ditto.

David --- fortunately back up drives are now available with huge capacity in a pocket size

John --- absolutely necessary to have a back up, and a fallback plan, each and every time.

July 04, 2011 01:11 AM
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Pacita Dimacali

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