Well, I managed to get the mothership working again. For the time being the Cylons have been repulsed.
We shall see, but so far so good.
I did this through several steps.
Unseating and reseating my video card got me in long enough to initiate a backup of the computer to an external drive.
Then I had to go through the process of reseating again when I found the computer had screwed up again the next morning…. yes, it was a video driver problem, rather than hardware. It was a pesky file called nvlddmkm.sys, a file name that will be forever by me hated.
But I disgress… the backup was complete to the external hard drive.
Then I showed the computer my shotgun, and – after a long menacing glare – initiated a restore to the factory settings.
That worked. I have begun the laborious process of reinstalling apps, etc.
The computer has decided to cooperate. Right now, pace Cylons, everything is working.
I have turned off the automatic updating features from the central Cylon colony, btw. They will eventually screw your computer up.
On that note, I must send out public thanks to the kind soul, JM of VA, who used the Amazon wish list to send me the final set of DVDs of Battlestar Galactica, thus inspiring the imagery of this entry.
I appreciate also most of the suggestions that came in other update entries.
I am still working to resolve the loss of the use of Picture Manager, which is handy for work on the blog.
Also, for some reason or another the Backup function can’t yet spot the backup "shadow" I made the external hard drive.
But… brick by brick.