I'm not in a good mood *at all*. I thought today would be great, they finally return some of our electronic gear they took after the fire. Hooray, I get my computer and TV back! Urgh.... yeah, or so the theory goes, anyway.
I get my computer back - minus a power cable and monitor cable. No biggie, I can scavange one from another computer, live and learn. I was hoping that would be my biggest problem. But alas, no.
I start putting things back together, and see there are deep gashes on one of the speakers - gashes that weren't there when I gave them the equipment. The DVD player has scratches on it's front covering - again, not previously there. I carry up the base of the computer to my room, and it feels a little funky, bit wobbly and loose. That's okay, I think, it'll be fine.
Plug in all the cables, power up, and good to go...... right? Fancy Dell logo comes up, machine posts and bum bum bum.... "strike F1 to retry boot, F2 to go to setup".
I take a deep calming breath, and say a few prayers, say a few nice words... and hit F1. Bam, same message. Reboot, same message. Lots of ranting and swearing later, same message. So I hit the BIOS, have a tinkering around, and as far as the computer's concerned, it's all good. So I whop on out a boot CD, and boot it on up. No problem at all, boots to the CD fine, but, it doesn't see *any* of the hard disks (I have 3).
So I turn it off, go to open it up, and one side falls off (a side that, I would have sworn, was glued or screwed on), and the back looks a bit shaky. I tinker around with the data and power cords, try and piece it back together (I really need some electrical tape now), and cross my fingers... something I did made it boot, so I'm glad for that. But be buggered if I don't think a good stiff breeze will make it fall apart!
But at least I can start relaxing, and then getting to work... had some web design jobs lined up, but couldn't do any until my PC came back.
A couple of days of rest, and then I think it's time for the world to meet me, as a full time employee.... who'd have thunk it!