For those of you who know I've been sort of on semi-hiatus for the past few months, I was fully planning on being back to full availability by February 12. Schedule wise, this is still perfectly plausible, as my schedule becomes hugely more available and free right after that date.
Of course, Murphy's Law being what it is, I had a complete emergency today.
I'm currently borrowing yet someone else's laptop to type this email because the laptop I've been using completely died.
In August 2010, my own laptop a Dell Inspiron 1501 with Windows XP, died. Several of you wrote to me when I had a conniption over this and I followed your suggestions. I tried practically everything before many of you told me I needed to reinstall the operating system which I was too lazy to do until last Sunday. It didn't really work and I don't know what I did wrong. After I deleted all the partitions and created a new one with maximum space in MB, I went to install Windows XP in NTFS format on the new partition but it restarted and went right back to the setup screen to either reinstall windows, repair install, or exit. It won't let me exit because it says I haven't completely reinstalled Windows. So I don't know what to do about that.
So since August, I've been using someone else's laptop, an eePC also with Windows XP. It bluescreened on me this morning with error
Stop: 0x00000024 (0x001902FE, 0XA8397B74, 0XA8397870, 0XF72FD8D6)
Stop: Ntfs.sys - Address F72FD8D6 base at F72EC000, Datestamp 48025be5
I ran out the door because I had to go somewhere. When I came home around an hour ago, I turned the computer back on. It wouldn't boot properly. It flashed between a black screen, the same blue screen error, and the gray startup screen that normally appears at the start of startup. I could hit F2 and enter setup but that's all I could do. I couldn't enter the BIOS. It wouldn't boot further and allow me to enter safe mode or safe mode with diagnostics or anything. There's no place to insert a CD to boot from disk.
I'm currently borrowing (yet) someone's laptop for a very short amount of time to get this message out. I don't know how much access I will have to the net and RPG until I can either get one or both of the other laptops fixed or replaced. I will log on as much as possible from work, but... well... it's work. I will try to post in all my roleplays this week from work -- profuse, profuse apologies to everyone in any of my roleplays or in a roleplay where I need to post. I will try my absolute darndest to fix or replace the dead laptops.
Again, I am beyond sorry. Real life killed me for the past few months with schedule, and now this. If I can, I will maintain regular posting starting this week from work at least for roleplay. I am sorry!!! (And help if anyone can; I know some folks around here know a lot more about computers than I do.)