So last Saturday I rolled over groggily and pushed what I thought was the power button on my laptop.
It was the Dell Laptop Self-Destruct Button, otherwise known as MediaDirect.
After trying unsuccessfully to get my paws on a Windows restore disc, I instead burned a new Linux disc (the old one somehow having gotten scratched to hell while safely in a place where it couldn't exactly rattle around too much... it's a mystery!) and researched how to safely use fdisk to fix the partitions and something called lilo (unrelated to Stitch) to fix the master boot record. Turns out MediaDirect makes its partition bootable without unsetting any other partition's bootable flag, and Windows takes one look at a setup with two bootable partitions and runs screaming in horror.
I'm typing this journal from my fully-restored laptop. As far as I can tell, none of the data was affected. Even if some was, oh well, 99% of it was either copied from my desktop, or downloaded from Steam. And Linux was able to mount the partition and copy out the most important of things (the set of WinXP drivers I had to painstakingly seek out myself after cleansing the laptop of the Vista it came with) anyway.
Most likely, the next laptop I get will have Windows 7. Then I'll convert this one over to Linux altogether. My work laptops use Windows 7 and Ubuntu, and I've grown to like both. I need primary Windows machines for gaming, but Linux is both fun to mess around with and has GREAT utility, even as a recovery disc instead of an installed OS proper--as I have just made happen.
Keys are still damn sticky, though. Ah well, that's why I got that USB keyboard I'm currently too lazy to reach over and grab. XD
6 years, 4 months ago
14 Sep 2012 05:45 CEST