I’ve recounted before in these pages how I am at best a proto-geek. I knew and know geeks, nerds and geniuses, and pal around with them, but never made the cut with regard to technical knowledge.
(Much as I am with car mechanics – I know where the brakes are and what they do – I just cannot repair them!)
Yes, things have improved from fledgling Guffaw in the 80’s with his Timex-Sinclair 2k computer. And from the 1992 286 machine with a 300 baud dial-up modem. But this computer/Internet jazz is still in it’s infancy.
If I turn on the television or the radio, it works! I don’t have to replace parts or fiddle with it’s innards to get it to work correctly. THIS is my hope for the evolution of the whole computer thing.
I did ‘something’ to Judy’s printer (with her generosity we share) with regard to the wireless settings. The short answer is it no longer works, wirelessly. As we both have physical issues, running up and down the stairs to see if something printed is a problem. So, we connect (or try to) wirelessly through our router, and viola, printouts! Until I messed something up!
I spent hours searching the Internet for answers, but, to know avail. I finally decided to bite-the-bullet and buy a newer printer. After much research, I found a similar model, with even simpler wireless connectivity, and doled out the funds. Thankfully, they’ve gotten even less expensive!
After a minor snafu with Amazon Prime (two-day shipping isn’t always) I received the printer, and set it up. The computer itself told me it was correctly set up, and PRESTO!
SO, I spent over TWO HOURS with an East Indian Help Desk tweaking the computer, the printer and my brain. STILL nothing. Finally the techoguru (who spoke perfect English, but with a VERY heavy accent) said I should change the settings on my firewalls, or even turn them off!
And, of course, there was little knowledge I could use from the Internet, as I AM NOT A GEEK!
And it STILL says it’s correctly connected and IT STILL WONT PRINT!
GOOD NEWS UPDATE! After all of the above trials and using suggestions from the comments (Thank You!), AND removing one of my firewall programs (there are others), AND reloading the drivers, I now can FINALLY PRINT!!