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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-31-2019, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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lost my laptop while in Denver for the Vectric update. Dang thing had a hardware problem and lost all WIFI access. Manufacture had me to a complete reset on it ( after I saved all my files). But alas can not get it to work and lost all software.

On to a new laptop. Could not recover my licenses for Mach 3. So bought new license for Mach 4. Screwed up down loading that.. arghhh what terrible instructions from AVID and Mach.

SO no groveling to get my licence reset. 3 weeks with no CNC... terrible with drawl. ARGGGGGGHHHH>>>

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Here I thought since we hadnít heard from you in awhile that you were still out playing in the woods.
Sorry to hear about your computer issues. So frustrating when things donít go the way they should
So are you up and running yet? Was great finally getting to meet you in Denver!

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Sorry to hear about your computer...all too often technicians jump to "reset" without thinking of the consequences it may have on apps or data...

I consider it so severe a violation that I had my techs require approval prior to "resetting" a customer's computer...
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To err is human too really #$$&*(()’ up requires a computer!
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Years ago I started having a clone made of my laptop drive. I have lots of software on this laptop I'd hate to lose, so for about $100 I have a local shop make a bootable clone. If my drive tanks (the most common failure) I can just switch out drives and it's up and running again. I also use Dropbox to save all my important files (about 350MB now) so I really can't lose data. The Dropbox account holds 1TB and syncs with five other computers, one in my office, laptop, server and my daughter's lap and desk top. Between the two methods, I feel pretty safe. The only real problem would be if the motherboard died--the CPU number. But if that happens, I can still salvage most of the licenses and software.

I by far prefer Win 7, but by necessity, I had to get a Win 10 laptop and have to admit, it doesn't suck and I am able to run almost all my favorite legacy software. Haven't transferred the XP version of spider software yet, but wouldn't be surprised if it worked. Win 10 handles a lot of legacy programs you wouldn't expect it to support.
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If it's just the Wifi you can get a little USB dongle to plug in that can replace that function. They're cheap, start at about $15 up here, Scott. Do a search for "wifi adapter".
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I agree with Nick. A lot of Techs today might try a few easy fixes then if they don't work they want to use reset instead of trying anything else.

Of course, a lot of them were hired with basic computer knowledge just to fill a position and they are handed a troubleshooting manual that they really don't know how to use. They do know the rest instructions are on the last page so if they get lost trying to follow the manual they turn to the last page.

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That sucks! Wish I had something more pithy to say,

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Are your files ok?? Anything we can help you with feel free to ask.

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If it's just the Wifi you can get a little USB dongle to plug in that can replace that function. They're cheap, start at about $15 up here, Scott. Do a search for "wifi adapter".
well I am going to go spend that $15 fast as I can. Great idea. . thankyou.
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