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16th-Sep-2008 10:35 am
Yep, I definitely borked my Windows install, and I'm pretty sure I know where and how I did it, but it's impossible to repair at this point. At this rate, I may just wipe my entire partition table, go buy Vista Ultimate at some online OEM store, and do it that way. Or I could just steal Erin's XP CD, but I don't know if Dell has XP drivers for my machine. I guess that can be my research project for the next few days.

Parking last night took me about an hour. Not so fun, but that's what Carroll Gardens parking is.

Sometimes while driving I am shocked at how intuitive it is. It becomes like my forms, where if I think about it while doing it, I think I'm doing everything wrong, and am about to fix it, when I realize I was doing the right thing the whole time, and the correction is the error. This seems to especially happen to me when I check my right mirror. No, I don't know why.

Also, driving for about 2 hours hurts my right knee, right below (not under) the kneecap. Does this happen to anyone else? When it happens to me, it feels like doing a quadriceps stretch would fix it, but it doesn't get fixed this way, just walking on it eventually works it out.
16th-Sep-2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
If her computer is a Dell and yours is not, then the install CD may refuse to work. Some vendors lock the install CD so they can only be used on their own products.
16th-Sep-2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
You might want to adjust the seat to a different distance from the pedals.
16th-Sep-2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
My TKD teacher suggested the same thing, to ensure my knee was above my hip. My knee is already above my hip. Well, at least 50% of it is above my hip. Any higher and I won't be able to steer. Or possibly move my foot from pedal to pedal.
16th-Sep-2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Email me privately?
16th-Sep-2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Should be a 'repair' option on the existing Vista install disc? Overwrites the system only, you won't have to reinstall software? (Goodness knows how Spore's DRM will respond to that).

My suggestion? Go with XP. Even if Dell does not offer drivers for XP (which I strongly doubt), the drivers will be available from the original chipset vendors. I wipe clients' Vista laptops all the time, only have had trouble with drivers on Acer laptops (from their US site, the EU site had all drivers for all OSes).

Toss me an IM with any questions...
16th-Sep-2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
I actually like Vista's power management and look and feel.

Thanks for the heads-up about the original chipset vendors!

16th-Sep-2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
Having a copy of Vista in the house is valuable, I think. I would recommend you keep it [somehow] vs. using my install disk.
17th-Sep-2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
your parents car isn't tall enough for you ;) I've rented cars that made my knee cry... you can try moving the seat. Personally, im not comfortable (don't feel in control) if im not practically hugging the steering wheel.. so I dont remember if i tried backing up the seat
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