Technical Difficulties - Part ?
Friday, March 30, 2007 7:46:41 PM
So I haven't been that active here in the OC the last week. I had other "stuff" to deal with.
It all started when I learned about an interesting website from an e-newsletter I get. Now I trust everyone is regularly installing their Microsoft updates, but what about the other software on your computer? These days, most programs will check themselves, but usually it's only when their running. and maybe once a month. So it's easy to miss something.
But now Secunia have come up with a one stop shop for software updates
All rules for detecting software in the Secunia Software Inspector come from the "Secunia File Signatures" database, which currently contains rules for detecting more than 4,000 different applications and their exact versions installed on a client system.
"Well, I have to try this out," I thought. So off I went to the Software Inspector. Another big plus, which I learned after I visited the site, It will run in any browser that supports Java ie. Opera So you're not stuck using that "other browser" (I should mention that you do need the latest version of Windows, or Microsoft, Update to detect missing Windows updates.)
The results were enlightening Most of my software was Ok But there were three items that needed attention. I needed to update Quicktime and Winzip, and I had an outdated version of Java. Now I had the latest Java version, but this old version had not been removed, so It could have still been a problem, plus it was just taking up space on my hard-drive.
In the meantime, my Anti-virus program. AVG Free had developed a problem where the event log had been corrupted so I couldn't tell if scheduled scans or updates had run. Everything else seemed to be fine, but I wanted to make sure there was nothing more serious.
So, download the updates -time - backup the computer - more time - install the updates and un-install the old Java - more time - repair AVG install - more time - check to see if it was fixed - more time - un-install and re-install AVG - more time. You can see where this is leading.
Yesterday, once I had everything sorted, I decided to treat myself to a new toy. One of the discount stores had a good deal on USB hubs, so I headed off to the nearest location in Thurles. It worked grand to start, but when I went to turn on my computer today it made "a bad noise" and I could smell burning plastic. I quickly plugged it out and took a closer look. The bottom of the case was not to the touch and there was a dis-coloured area. Thanks to the stylish clear plastic case, I could see that one of the chips on the circuit board was scorched.
I let things cool off and plugged it back in to see that half the ports were dead according to the activity LEDs, plus windows was saying it couldn't recognise the device. I fired off an email to tech support, but I'm hoping they'll agree it's fried and just send my a replacement.