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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Trouble in Paradise or Computer Hell

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I am having computer hell at this time and may be off for awhile or sporadic in posting. I am certain that I have driven the 7 young people nuts at Technical Support and plan to call them again as soon as I have some sleep. I hope that 8 times plus my own efforts will be the charm. Every time we get one mess-up fixed, it either recurs or another pops up. I am exceedingly exasperated. One last option they offered me - send the tower back to the manufacturer for repairs there but I will be sans computer for 2 weeks or more. That is not an option I find desirable but may have to resort to it.

I notice that our sidebar has disappeared (on my end) even though all the entries are still on the template. Now what??

COMMENTS:
Blogger Granny said...

No sidebar here either. My computer is giving me problems too although replacing the mouse helped a little.

Takes forever to load and I get impatient.

Thursday, April 10, 2008 11:39:00 AM

Blogger Worried American said...

I hear that! First, my mouse died and I had to make re-runs to the store to get another with the correct plug for the UMB port. Then previous problems recurred in a cascade effect. I THINK they are corrected now (cross my fingers) but if not, the tower has to be sent off for special surgery and possible organ transplants. Plus Blogger/Google, the Dastardly Duo, are doing naughty things to my blogs to drive me insane.

I'll try to fix the sidebar but not today. I am exhausted. I have a lot of work to do on my other blogs and owe a little to ones on which I'm a team member.


PS: And this is a relatively new computer with only a few months usage on it!

Thursday, April 10, 2008 7:29:00 PM

Anonymous David G said...

Worried, I really am so sorry to hear about your recent sad loss. Mice are likable little critters and one can grow very attached to them.

I have a lot of mice on my farm. I'll send you one if you'd like. What color are you looking for?

In sympathy.

Friday, April 11, 2008 12:40:00 AM

Blogger Progressive Traditionalist said...

Hello, Worried.
The sidebar is at the bottom of the page. If you hit the 'End' button, it will take you directly to it.
There's probably a photo that was too wide for the template in there somewhere. That would be the most likely cause.
From what I can see, it looks like the Yahoo! news ticker is too wide. I can see where the frame lines up with the text.

Make a copy of your template as a backup, remove that ticker, then try it again. If it works, then that's the culprit.

I know a lot of people that have been having problems with IE.
Wondering what OS you're running.
With XP or later, you can disable all that stuff at startup, and it will automatically reload it if you really need it.
Go to Run on the Start Menu, and type in:
msconfig

See what you've got.

Friday, April 11, 2008 7:58:00 AM

Blogger Progressive Traditionalist said...

It's not a Yahoo! ticker, it's a Ron Paul button.

If you need more help, e-mail me.

Friday, April 11, 2008 8:00:00 AM

Blogger Worried American said...

David G.; I appreciate your kind words and sympathy. I was rather fond of the mouse and admired its little red light reflecting off the brass desk lamp when I worked it.
I like white mice but really liked the black tailless (cordless) one I first bought to replace the dead one.
My cat is a black tailless Manx so I was predisposed to admire the black tailless mouse. However, it was not compatible with my computer so I went back to the white one with a tail.

PT: Thank you so much for dx. the ailment of the missing sidebar. That happened a lot when I was using IE as my primary browser so knew to look at the bottom. Since I've been using Mozilla Firefox it hasn't recurred. I am so hassled and stressed that I didn't even think to look at the bottom.

I shall correct the problem. I don't need Ron Paul's button. I like the old man but posted the button primarily as a protest against the other 3 candidates whom I do NOT like. ( I thought I had deleted the Yahoo ticker. Hmmm! Will delete that again/too).

This new computer that my daughter bought for me has factory installed Windows Vista. I tried to install my XP Pro but the machine wouldn't accept it, so I'm stuck with Vista. I had heard so much about incompatibilities with Vista but oddly enough the main problem I've had with that has been Windows' downloaded updates (according to the Technical Support for the computer! 8 times! Their own stuff is incompatible with their own new system??)

Thank you again, PT. You're a jewel.
Cheers -

Friday, April 11, 2008 2:07:00 PM

Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

I see everything on your side bar that I ever did. I think you girls are just scaring the hell out of your computers!:)

Saturday, April 12, 2008 4:00:00 AM


Blogger Worried American said...

Hmm! Maybe so!

Thursday, April 17, 2008 12:20:00 AM


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8 Comments:

  • At Thursday, April 10, 2008 11:39:00 AM , Blogger Granny said...

    No sidebar here either. My computer is giving me problems too although replacing the mouse helped a little.

    Takes forever to load and I get impatient.

     
  • At Thursday, April 10, 2008 7:29:00 PM , Blogger Worried American said...

    I hear that! First, my mouse died and I had to make re-runs to the store to get another with the correct plug for the UMB port. Then previous problems recurred in a cascade effect. I THINK they are corrected now (cross my fingers) but if not, the tower has to be sent off for special surgery and possible organ transplants. Plus Blogger/Google, the Dastardly Duo, are doing naughty things to my blogs to drive me insane.

    I'll try to fix the sidebar but not today. I am exhausted. I have a lot of work to do on my other blogs and owe a little to ones on which I'm a team member.

     
  • At Friday, April 11, 2008 12:40:00 AM , Anonymous David G said...

    Worried, I really am so sorry to hear about your recent sad loss. Mice are likable little critters and one can grow very attached to them.

    I have a lot of mice on my farm. I'll send you one if you'd like. What color are you looking for?

    In sympathy.

     
  • At Friday, April 11, 2008 7:58:00 AM , Blogger Progressive Traditionalist said...

    Hello, Worried.
    The sidebar is at the bottom of the page. If you hit the 'End' button, it will take you directly to it.
    There's probably a photo that was too wide for the template in there somewhere. That would be the most likely cause.
    From what I can see, it looks like the Yahoo! news ticker is too wide. I can see where the frame lines up with the text.

    Make a copy of your template as a backup, remove that ticker, then try it again. If it works, then that's the culprit.

    I know a lot of people that have been having problems with IE.
    Wondering what OS you're running.
    With XP or later, you can disable all that stuff at startup, and it will automatically reload it if you really need it.
    Go to Run on the Start Menu, and type in:
    msconfig

    See what you've got.

     
  • At Friday, April 11, 2008 8:00:00 AM , Blogger Progressive Traditionalist said...

    It's not a Yahoo! ticker, it's a Ron Paul button.

    If you need more help, e-mail me.

     
  • At Friday, April 11, 2008 2:07:00 PM , Blogger Worried American said...

    David G.; I appreciate your kind words and sympathy. I was rather fond of the mouse and admired its little red light reflecting off the brass desk lamp when I worked it.
    I like white mice but really liked the black tailless (cordless) one I first bought to replace the dead one.
    My cat is a black tailless Manx so I was predisposed to admire the black tailless mouse. However, it was not compatible with my computer so I went back to the white one with a tail.

    PT: Thank you so much for dx. the ailment of the missing sidebar. That happened a lot when I was using IE as my primary browser so knew to look at the bottom. Since I've been using Mozilla Firefox it hasn't recurred. I am so hassled and stressed that I didn't even think to look at the bottom.

    I shall correct the problem. I don't need Ron Paul's button. I like the old man but posted the button primarily as a protest against the other 3 candidates whom I do NOT like. ( I thought I had deleted the Yahoo ticker. Hmmm! Will delete that again/too).

    This new computer that my daughter bought for me has factory installed Windows Vista. I tried to install my XP Pro but the machine wouldn't accept it, so I'm stuck with Vista. I had heard so much about incompatibilities with Vista but oddly enough the main problem I've had with that has been Windows' downloaded updates (according to the Technical Support for the computer! 8 times! Their own stuff is incompatible with their own new system??)

    Thank you again, PT. You're a jewel.
    Cheers -

     
  • At Saturday, April 12, 2008 4:00:00 AM , Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

    I see everything on your side bar that I ever did. I think you girls are just scaring the hell out of your computers!:)

     
  • At Thursday, April 17, 2008 12:20:00 AM , Blogger Worried American said...

    Hmm! Maybe so!

     

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