jueves, 26 de agosto de 2010
Windows Seven Starter...Started so Soon??!!
Today, one of my students who really needed his laptop for studying, told me that without any apparent reason, his Toshiba computer refused to start. All he got was a black screen. Thus, I lent him my tiny Toshiba netbook NB-100, powered by SimplyMepis Linux 8.0 and he worked without any problems on it.
At the end of the class, he showed me the problem of his netbook. True, only a black screen showed after loading the OS (Windows Seven Starter, by the way).
I asked my student about the computer state. He said "It is practically new! I bought it last May!"
The problem was knowing if it was a software problem or a hardware problem. I asked him for permission to run Mepis 8.5 from my USB key on his computer. If Mepis booted fine, that would mean the computer screen was fine...
Mepis ran beautifully. No problem whatsoever. That meant hardware was not the culprit...I even enabled the Windows recovery screen from Mepis and realized the problem was "Windows didn't shut down correctly last time"
Right...my student probably did something wrong while shutting down his netbook. However, I thought Win7 was more toughly built than XP. For XP, failing to shut down the computer "correctly" could mean headaches. Is Seven the same?? Where's the upgrade then???
How come Seven Starter started giving him problems so soon? How come it didn't wait a bit more? Not even 3 months?? I can't believe it! That's a new record!