‘Puter Problems

Yesterday it worked
Today it is not working
Windows is like that

(Margaret Segall, 1998)

Yup, yup, for the past couple of months my laptop (purchased in January 2007) has been acting very much diva like indeed! There is no life at all on the thingy. Zilch, nada, not-a-thing at all presently. There has been days when it has behaved beautifully and i thought all’s well and swell but alas –

‘ deep, d e e p   s i g h…’

First i thought that it was ickle me, but as i have bought this and that to enhance the performance that only gave temporary ‘activity’ to the ‘puter, i had to get to the heart of the matter  and i began to do some serious research on it,  i came across this site regarding my laptop aka HP Pavilion dv 600:

And i quote:

HP has identified a hardware issue with certain HP Pavilion dv2000/dv6000/dv9000 and Compaq Presario V3000/V6000 series notebook PCs, and has also released a new BIOS for these notebook PCs, version F.39 for dv2000/V3000, and version F.3D for dv6000/dv9000/V6000.


NOTE:
If you are a customer in Canada with an HP Notebook model DV2412CA or DV2404CA, do not update the notebook to BIOS version F.39.
If you own an HP Pavilion dv2000, HP Pavilion dv6000, HP Pavilion dv9000 or Compaq Presario V3000, Compaq Presario V6000 series computer, are experiencing no symptoms on your computer, and would like to obtain more information about updating your system to the new BIOS release, please go to the “Update the BIOS to the latest version” section on this page. If you are experiencing one or more symptoms listed below, and your computer meets the product criteria listed below, contact HP to determine whether you are eligible for a free repair.


NOTE: This service enhancement program is available in North America for 24 months after the start of your original standard limited warranty for issues listed below; otherwise your current standard limited warranty applies. Customers who already have a 24 month or longer warranty period will be covered under their existing standard HP Limited Warranty.”

Thus it continues on another page that explains more of what is happening:

Identify your notebook series and product number Using the Service Tag on your notebook, determine if your notebook is one of the series in the table below. Click on your series in the table to see the complete list of included notebook product numbers. If the product number of your notebook is listed in that table then return to the HP Limited Warranty Service Enhancement page and continue to Step 2 for further instructions…”

At Kioskea.net i read some more on this and from there i came across to another place where there were these handy hints by ‘sloanjenny’:

  1. Shut the computer down
  2. Unplug the computer
  3. Take out the battery pack
  4. While the pack it out, hold the power button for 30 seconds
  5. Put the battery back in
  6. Plug it to the AC adaptor
  7. … and Voila!


There should be life on the yoke!!

This is yet to be seen as to my laptop, as i am using somebody else’s computer writing this entry, but i shall keep you posted, if this tip mentioned above worked.

The problem with troubleshooting
is that trouble shoots back. “

Author Unknown


Keep tapping on the ‘puters and have a super-duper week.

Rii xx

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Thinking, Thinking in Pictures …

When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.

Plato

According to the Wikipedia online ”Picture thinking, visual thinking or visual/spatial learning is the common phenomenon of thinking through visual processing. Thinking in pictures, is one of a number of other recognized forms of non-verbal thought such as kinesthetic, musical and mathematical thinking. Multiple thinking and learning styles, including visual, kinesthetic, musical, mathematical and verbal thinking styles are a common part of many current teacher training courses.

Research by Child Development Theorist Linda Kreger Silverman suggests that less than 30% of the population strongly uses visual/spatial thinking, another 45% uses both visual/spatial thinking and thinking in the form of words, and 25% thinks exclusively in words. According to Kreger Silverman, of the 30% of the general population who use visual/spatial thinking, only a small percentage would use this style over and above all other forms of thinking, and can be said to be ‘true’ “picture thinkers”.

While visual thinking and visual learners are not synonymous, those who think in pictures have generally claimed to be best at visual learning. Also, while preferred learning and thinking styles may differ from person to person, precluding perceptual or neurological damage or deficits diminishing the use of some types of thinking, most people (visual thinkers included) will usually employ some range of diverse thinking and learning styles whether they are conscious of the differences or not. Wikipedia

I found this site called Visuwords while surfing the net and it is a fun site indeed! Here is how they describe themselves:

”Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary — Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net.

Learn how words associate. Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections.

  • It’s a dictionary! It’s a thesaurus!
  • Great for writers, journalists, students, teachers, and artists.
  • The online dictionary is available wherever there’s an internet connection.
  • No membership required.


Visuwords™ uses Princeton University’s WordNet, an opensource database built by University students and language researchers. Combined with a visualization tool and user interface built from a combination of modern web technologies, Visuwords™ is available as a free resource to all patrons of the web.” (The Visuwords online site)

As I am rather fond of words — ye may have gathered that already, eh?! — I wanted to see the how the site works, so I put a couple of words just to see what comes up:

“Interactive”
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“Blog”
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Words and pictures can work together to communicate more powerfully than either alone.

William Albert Allard


I do fully agree with him! Keep so well and safe. Rii xx

Handy sites for further reading:

Visual-Spatial Resource
What’s YOUR Learning Style? ’Quizz

The lead picture is off the Shakespeare Organization online site

CARTOON: OVERFED!

cartoon from www.weblogcartoons.com

Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.

Know the feeling….?!!

Tis for now from the OVERFED Rii xx  

CARTOON: Nothing To Say


cartoon from www.weblogcartoons.com

Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.

I do like these cartoons very much indeed.

Tis for now. Rii xx

CARTOON: Procrastination

cartoon from www.weblogcartoons.com

Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.

Tis is the way I feel at the moment…

Have a great week. Rii xx

 

CARTOON: Window

cartoon from www.weblogcartoons.com

Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.

I do like these cartoons very much indeed and here is one that I posted earlier a few weeks ago called ‘Undelivered e-mail’.

Tis for now. Rii xx