“May Day! May Day!”
When disaster strikes, we hear the “May Day” distress call. This apparently comes from the French phrase m’aider which means “Help me!”
I’m appropriately calling “May Day, May Day” today. Yep. The studio has been the scene of a recent disaster. But, it could have been worse. First, obviously I’m still here, and yes, I’m still posting. (While I normally write and schedule posts in advance, this is a “timely” one. It’s shortly after 5:00 AM on May 1.
I’ve just now getting back online after Wednesday night’s storm. The studio flooded with water coming in from around the window wells. Fortunately there was minimal damage to art and art supplies. I do keep most things carefully protected.
The only “casualty” — temporarily — was the computer system. Apparently the dampness caused problems, and the mouse and keyboard stopped working. Things then went from bad to worse with the computer shutting down and going into an “automatic repair” loop that did not repair anything.
“Nevertheless, she persisted.”
I really didn’t want to get out and go computer shopping, and besides, what a hassle! All our personal info. All our passwords. All on the computer and nowhere else! Yes, I need to be more conscientious about printing, saving, and backing up important information.
But, I was persistent. All day on Thursday I wrestled with various repairs. The one thing I was able to do was to run a command prompt, so I started there. I tried this. I tried that. And, persistence paid off. Eventually I was able to get Windows to load again. I had to uninstall and re-install my keyboard and mouse, both of which are working again, but there are still problems with my Office 365 applications.
I did a system reset and have been attempting to download and install Word, Excel, and other programs. That’s not working yet. I did install “Neat Office” which allows me to at least read my existing files. That means I was able to retrieve my email password for AOL. I can access other important information now, as well.
So, if you commented on a recent post and wondered why you didn’t get a quick reply, it was because is was frantically trying to get my system up and running again. I was only able to access WordPress through my smartphone — which is not easy for me.
But, now, I’m back!
I do still need help, though. I’m still unable to download and install the actual Office applications. I’ve tried all the “repair” methods available, and I’ve posted questions in the Microsoft Forum. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!