Why Can’t Life be Simple Just for Once?

So, to install all my fabby software on the new PDA…

SatNav software and Memory Map installed with no trouble at all – although the TomTom won’t detect the Bluetooth GPS, which is a bit of a mongoose. But then this morning1 it DID detect it and started working, so that’s all right. The WiFi card is proving a bit more of a challenge…

I can’t find the install disk that came with the card, so I started with the manufacturer’s website: This works for about three seconds, then defaults to Japanese, which I can’t read, so the chance of finding and downloading any useful software is pretty remote. After a bit of Googling I found a company in the north-east of England offering what they promise is a compatible driver, so I downloaded and installed that. Running the driver causes a box to pop up saying “cannot find the card – is it inserted?”, and inserting the card causes a box to pop up saying “cannot find the driver for this card”. The website where I found the driver offers a PDF manual, so I downloaded that.

Guess what? My fabby laptop doesn’t have Acrobat Reader, so I can’t read the PDF file. With about 15 minutes of battery left in the laptop, I download Acrobat and try to install it – the mega-huge install gets halfway and stops. At this point the chatroom crowd come to my rescue, with SimonG offering to read the manual and tell me what to do if I email it to him, so more battery is consumed opening Chunderbird and sending across the manual. It doesn’t have a section on what to do if the card and the driver can’t find each other.

This is the point at which the laptop battery has only three minutes life left, so I give up, switch off, and go to bed -there will be other chances to sort that out. Meanwhile, my new PDA came with a fabby bit of software pre-loaded – it turns the PDA into every remote control you’ll ever need, for TVs, CD players, DVDs, you name it really. I’m hoping to programme it with the commands for the Powerpoint device in our Conference Room, which’ll liven up those boring meetings no end. In the meantime, sitting in front of the TV in the canteen at lunchtime was loads of fun…

1 While sitting in a traffic jam caused by three accidents within a two-mile stretch of motorway, which kept me stationary for twenty minutes. But that’s another rant…

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