Flashing my BIOS . .

Just a ‘heads up’ for all of you – flashing BIOS may cause harm!

Backstory: Laptop came with Win8.1  Installed Win10 and used Win8.1 key to upgrade to Win10Pro.  Win10 Anniversary did not install well . . . any of the 3 times I tried.

Fix: HP offered  BIOS update which I did.  Then I installed a new SS hard drive.  Next – installed Win10 ISO file and updated to Anniversary . . then updated to Creators edition.

Unfortunately, somewhere in the process, Microsoft decided to lose or ignore the ‘key’ for Win8.1 . . . . so I have the Home edition and can’t upgrade to Pro by entering the activation code for Win8.1  I used Belarc Advisor – on both my machines – and on the desktop my ‘key’ for Win7Pro is there along with a new activation code for Win10Pro-Creators.  On the laptop, the Win8.1 ‘key’ is gone and trying to change/insert the activation code does not work.

So was it the flashing or missing a key step in some process — I don’t know — but I’m NOT going to undo/redo or lose sleep.  Win10Home will do for the laptop.

My new Meerkat

I put the Meerkat by System76 on my Christmas wish list this year. And got it! Once I plugged it in I haven’t gone back to my windows machine. It’s been wonderful and also a challenge. I found that I could not get drivers for my old Canon printer. So after research got a new HP 6978 that was on sale. It is wireless. And I couldn’t get all the features to work. So I plugged in my old printer cable and copy/scan / double side printing and scanning worked. My next challenge is to access the data on my windows drive. and to see if my exact program will work in wine.

I am planning to bring it Saturday.

I forgot to say that the printer keeps track of the ink and ships more to you when it gets down to one-third.

Christmas Party TIME!!

Time to start thinking about Holiday treats for the December meeting.  Plates, bowls, napkins will be provided — the rest is up to the members.

Cookies – bars – breads – fruit – nuts – cookies – crackers – meats – cookies – fudge – donuts – cookies – chestnuts  – pickled herring?

I expect about 22 people – so let us know what you plan to bring.

See you December 10, 9:00 a.m.,  at Sump.