The other day while I was out taking my mandatory day off without pay due to the crappy economy both our CD printer and CD tower burner decided to just stop working. Being human I don't have this luxury, and was forced to use our old CD printer and old tower burner which my co-worker hooked up while I was out.
The old tower burner is fine. It's just slower than the new one and can only burn 5 CDs at a time. The printer on the other hand presents some problems. First of all, it's a serial printer, and our file server doesn't have a serial port. We ran into this problem before and used our old project manager's laptop to get it running, so that's what we did again. Except this time I could not get that laptop on the network no matter what I did. In fact, come to think of it, I don't think I've ever managed to successfully network a Windows PC here. I don't know if it's this place or Windows or what, but it just doesn't happen.
So I exclaimed something to the effect of "Screw this. I'll burn a CD" and did just that. Then I found out the hard way that the laptop's optical drive is dead and wouldn't read the CD. OK, Plan C: USB key drives! I pulled out one of the many USB drives we have laying around the office, stuck it in my computer and... nothing. My PC would not read the drive. I tried another and another and finally decided that my PC just doesn't like USB key drives. So I put the file I needed to print on the network and went to my co-worker's machine, inserted the USB key in his computer, copied it to the drive, then brought it to the laptop and was thankfully, finally able to print the file.
That's how I've been printing CDs for the past 2 days. Oh, and did I mention the laptop's screen is shattered?
Dude. Those aren't hard to swap out. Expensive, but not hard. I've done it before. If you're going to be at a con I'm at any time soon, I can totally fix that for you. You need to bring the parts of course.
June 11, 2009 11:13 am
Thanks. I don't think we're going to bother fixing that laptop, though. But we do need to get the CD printer fixed pronto.