I start a new category today that I’ve called “(Un)Safe Computing”, because since I installed Windows XP, it’s rare the week that goes by without some problem. The last time I had an issue was this past weekend. I started my PC and it did an automatic CHKDSK, then it reported that one of my index files was damaged and it had been recovered from the system backup copy…
I sighed with relief while my PC booted thinking that everything was OK… How wrong we are sometimes!
From that moment on until today, I’ve been suffering. What has been wiped out is all my configuration, who knows why. Imagine you enter your home and you find all your furniture piled up at the entrance. You know the place for everything, but you need hours to move the furniture around.
The first thing I do, in my case, is to get rid of the round look of XP. I just don’t bear it. Everything goes back to the classical aspect of Windows 2000. Since it is not the first time I do this task that involves tweaking 1,001 menus and clicking 1,001 buttons, it feels like riding a bike: the more you pedal, the more you remember how.
Another thing is to get all programs working the way they should… The first one to pose a problem was Trados, which toolbar disappeared from Word. This time it takes me a little bit longer to get it fixed. So I followed the three steps, one after another:
1. Close Word, search for all Normal.DOT files, and delete them. Open Word again to see if it works properly. (It did not.)
2. Uninstall Trados and reinstall it again. It usually works. (Not this time, though.)
3. Open your browser and go to C\Documents and Settings\Your user folder (SHOW ALL SYSTEM FILES IN THE FOLDER OPTIONS IF THEY ARE HIDDEN)\Application Data\Microsoft\Word\Startup, and check it contains the file TradosX.dot.
With this last item, I solved my Trados problem, but not Word’s. I opened Word, with a beautiful Trados toolbar, and I tried to start working. Word threw a fatal error that closed the program. I tried several times and I got the same result each time. In the end, I decided to update Windows and Office, in case I had “lost” any updates. I spent over two hours downloading and installing updates. ALL updates since Windows XP was named that. ALL updates for Windows XP and Office 2000 had been lost.
In all this mess full of reinstallations, I must report some good news: I am working again with a safety net. I installed Norton GoBack successfully in XP and my PC did not get into an endless loop of reboots. The worst part is that I installed only GoBack and it erased all SystemWorks, so I had to reinstall the whole thing.
In case you are interested, the working version of GoBack for XP SU2 is the one contained in SystemWorks 2006 Premier.
Of course, I’ve had no time to gather my pics of Plasencia to upload them to the web. To top it all, work was very hectic yesterday. My client pushed forward the deadline and I had to work 10 hours straight, with sheer dread on my part when I saw translating outrages such as “press the brake” instead of “step on the brake” (the correct way of saying it in Spanish), or “tank cover” instead of “tank plug”.
I did what I had to: I told my client and I did just what I was paid for (translating some odd 2,000 words). (I know, 10 hours for 2,000 words… If it were not that I am incapable of seeing a mistake in a 100% match and go by without correcting it. Hence the 10 hours, until I decided to skip all what had been done and just focus on what I was paid for.)