Oh yeah, here we go again. While trying to install a VM on the new machine IT gave me, I get the notice that I’m not vt-i enabled. What the Hell is that? Apparently it has something to do with simulating a 64 bit processor, which is interesting, because the machine is 64 bit already. I would guess there’s a virtual processor in the VM, and it needs vt-i to run Windows Server 2008 R2, which is the operating system of the ISO image for the VM. I checked the computer’s support website and found my BIOS is out of date. Bother. This means downloading, rebooting, and crossing my fingers that the blasted thing still works after the BIOS update. On an HP machine, that’s like playing Russian Roulette with two slugs in the cylinder.
But the bagels are in the kitchen, so I’m cooking one in the toaster right now. We get bagels every Friday. It’s kind of a tradition around here that started a little over a year or so ago. Everyone seems to enjoy them, and they keep us all fat. So that’s today, bagels and a BIOS update. And a workout to alleviate the stress of the BIOS update, and the carbs from the bagel.
Off topic, but when they gave me my new PC, they told me my old one was crap. It was going to PC Recycle unless I wanted it. Well, of course I wanted it. It’s already got all my software on it. If I take it home, I can use it to work from home without having to setup a bunch of crap. So, I took it home, and now it won’t boot. It’s an old XP machine, and it hangs on the launch at Windows startup. Then the screen goes black. Of course I didn’t spin the drive down and lock it when I moved it, so I’ve probably scratched the drive plate. Damn. Now I’ve got this enormous server machine in my house and it’s a pile of crap. Maybe I can boot it off a thumb drive using Linux and get into the HD, but I doubt it. I could cannibalize one of the other hard drives and see if their OS will boot in that machine. Really, I just want to write. I hate screwing around with hardware.
Anyway, I rented two movies for tonight. Frankenweenie and the Hatfields and McCoys. I have no idea of they will be any good. The kids probably won’t even want to watch Frankenweenie. Lately all they want to do is play minecraft or screw around on YouTube watching old sitcoms. And my wife won’t want to watch it. She’ll go for the Hatfields and McCoys okay, but she’s not into animated stuff unless the kids are there.
Ah, my bagels are ready, and my BIOS is downloaded. Time for a reboot and a repast. That beats doughnuts and a duck-dog any day.