Sunday, 14 February 2010

Techno Stress

Last Sunday I bought a new laptop. I also foolishly blogged about how I had managed to set it up with Windows 7, Internet Security and Firefox. It had gone swimmingly. I was on-line and I was happy.

It was too good to be true.

Since then I have tried to install various bits of software and this is what has happened so far:

  1. Installed software for Nikon compact camera - can now download photos from Nikon camera, yay!
  2. Installed software for Canon Digital SLR camera - can't download photos, boo! Been on Canon's website, it says I can download my photos from my 400D with their software in Windows 7 - I'm telling them, I can't!!
  3. Installed photoediting software - yay! So can edit photos from Nikon camera, but not Canon.
  4. Failed to install printer, had to go to Epson website to get driver, installed driver, can now print, but not scan - boo!
  5. Installed Office XP - yay! (I'm not getting 2007)
  6. Set up Outlook to download Virgin e-mails - yay!
  7. Failed to set up Outlook to download Pipex e-mails, had to phone Pipex, finally got it sorted, can download e-mails, but it asks for the passwords for every e-mail account every time I open Outlook even though I've checked the boxes saying "Remember password"

Each time I try to install something my heart is in my mouth as I watch the little green bar move slowly across the screen, waiting for it to stop with an error message. The stress is palpable.

Every time I go to a website to find a solution I am virtually paralysed by fear whilst looking up the problem and trying not to do the wrong thing.

Too stressed out and emotional to even try to download i-tunes. It will have to wait for another day.
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PS After much surfing have realised that I am way behind the times using Outlook (which Microsoft have discontinued in favour of Windows Live Mail); still need a mail client, so may try Mozilla Thunderbird instead. Anyone out there using it?


SMS said...

I find myself scanning through high-tech forum pages trying to understand whether I'm looking at the same problem as the one under discussion, and where pages of complicated instructions appear to solve some problems but not all. I wonder where the failures go next.
At least you can access your blog. Can you imagine how stressful it would be if......? No, I'd rather not either.

Kelloggsville said...

I'm wondering whether to go cold turkey for a week to avoid the techo-stress. I got a virus last night and was up until 2am restoring my pc and clearing it out. I couldn't face the thought of reinstalling OS and having to go through the office/email/antivirus/itunes/printer drivers stress again - I really feel for you. Think of it as a hump you will get over and enjoy your lovely laptop again!

Working Mum said...

SMS - I'm not knowledgable enough to do this stuff all by myself, but I try. Yes, I have my blog, that was the first thing I organised, couldn't live without it!

Kelloggsville - How awful! I have utmost sympathy for you. Getting a virus would be my biggest nightmare. Had a trojan horse once (when they first came out) which ran up my phone bill on porn sites - had to try and explain to BT that it wasn't my husband! (Yes, I'm sure it wasn't!)

Polly said...

I hate that heart in the mouth feeling, but I hope the remainder of your downloading goes swimingly.

Suburbia said...

Not sure about that but iTunes is dead easy so don't worry about that one!

Working Mum said...

Suburbia - thanks for the encouragement. The thing is, I already have i-tunes on my husband's laptop, so putting it on the new one will mean setting up the home sharing thingummy so that I can plug my i-touch into either. That's the bit I'm afraid of!

Muddling Along Mummy said...

Oh don't - our house has far too much technology and trying to change things scares me