Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Travel of life

Had a friend send me this prayer the other day.  He said it kind of fit his life from time to time.  I think it fits mine most of the time.

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Thomas Merton
--Thoughts in Solitude

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Emachies E725 Update

About one year ago this month I decided to buy an Emachines E725 laptop computer.  I swore I would never buy an Emachines because of the fact I have heard they are of low quality.  Well, I had my first failure around the first of this year.  The hard drive went out.  I replaced the hard drive with a new 500gb segate drive.  The laptop had a 250 gig Western digital drive and I had another Western Digital drive go bad so I thought I would try a Segate drive instead.  For the last couple of months the laptop has worked well.  Today I believe this laptop has suffered a mother board failure for no apparent reason.  The last time I used it (yesterday) it was working fine and there were no indications that the new hard drive was having problems.  Today when I tried to start this up I get the following set of messages:

1) Check Cable Connection...!
2) PXE-E63:   Error while initializing the NIC
3) PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM.
No bootable device --- insert boot disk and press any key.

I am at this point going to remove the 500gb hard drive and sell the computer for parts unless someone has a suggestion on how to fix this.  I will research this error on line, but I believe this computer has suffered a mother board failure at about one year of age.  My recommendation is to stay away from the Emachine brand computers.  I am going to get a Dell as soon as I can afford one.