So what do I mean by “Taming the Technology Beast”?

I feel like I’ve tamed the Beast today and am mighty chuffed (pleased) with myself.

Recently I moved to a new apartment and after the usual 2.5 weeks to get broadband/wifi set-up, I was online with my MacBook and screaming at break-neck speeds around the internet doing what I love to do icon smile Taming the Technology Beast

There was only small hiccup – I also have an old Windows PC – a Dell Inspiron 4600 – which I’d tried to connect to my wifi without any joy.

Even though I’m technically inclined, I don’t know much about Windows PCs these days so went to the experts. I called the Wifi Modem company and told them my story – luckily I was speaking with a sympathetic guy who spent nearly two hours with me while we tried a whole host of things – ethernet cable (evidently there’s no ethernet card in the laptop), wifi, Windows settings and a whole lot more mumbo jumbo. We (by which I mean “me” as the other person was on the phone) opened and closed 3 different types of browsers many times, changed Settings files in many locations on the PC, rebooted a gazillion times and tried all the little Settings in different combinations.

Phew – I was exhausted! At the end of the two hours my friend wifi modem tech guy reluctanly admitted he couldn’t help me anymore – but there were a few options I could try:

  • immediately call their Pay-for-Support Help Line (with no guarantee of success, of course)
  • go online with my Mac and locate ‘network drivers’ for the PC, and copy them across on a USB stick
  • the difficulty with this is that he couldn’t tell me which drivers I needed
  • call the manufacturer of the laptop and ask them what to do
  • all of the above, with my fingers crossed.

I gave up in frustration, and reluctantly recharged the wifi USB/dongle hoping it would last long enough for the upload I needed to do.

Guess what – it didn’t icon sad Taming the Technology Beast

So today in frustration I decided I must get to the bottom of this and again spent plenty of time on the internet looking for solutions … and then … I found it! Two obscure little references to 2 settings on the laptop – so I eagerly tried them and GOT CONNECTED to my home wifi – WOOHOO!! But the excitement was short-lived – I coudn’t reach any websites on the browsers …

Not to be beaten when I was soooo close to victory, I rebooted the PC laptop, tried again and YES! VICTORY WAS MINE!

And the moral of the story is – even when someone else tells you something isn’t possible, don’t totally believe it – keep trying, keep striving, keep searching for an answer – and you just might find what you’re looking for icon smile Taming the Technology Beast

Teena – proud to win the challenge of taming the technology beast icon smile Taming the Technology Beast

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 Taming the Technology Beast Hi, I'm Teena Hughes and I'm a techno-geek who loves the internet, technology and the fast pace of exciting new innovations. I love to share my knowledge and experience with others by helping them create their websites, build an online presence, become an expert in their field by using techniques like SEO, video marketing, online & offline marketing and many other groovy tools :-) If you'd like some help or to be pointed in the right direction, contact me today - I'd love to chat and to offer help in an easy-to-understand way, with easy-to-follow instructions and guidance.
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