Okay. I’m actually not sure when the last time I’ve run into this many computer/tech problems all in such short order. It’s been a very frustrating evening so far especially since I’ve got a multi-page assignment due for our PDEng course this Friday. And I’ve barely started on it.
Yesterday I installed EphPod, which is a third party application for syncing iPods. It has quite a few features over iTunes, one of which, the ability to copy songs from your iPod to your computer, I required. Well all seemed great as I copied a few songs from my iPod. But when I loaded up iTunes, it gave me an error about an unreadable database or something along those lines. I pretty much ignored it since loading up EphPod was no problem. It could still read everything just fine. I didn’t pay much more attention to that.
So I’m at work today and I pull out my iPod. What am I greeted with? An empty iPod. Well, not empty, a quick check through the About section revealed that I had only 10GB out of 27GB-ish remaining, which was inline with what I’d expect. The problem is, the database was changed somehow by EphPod when it synced and the iPod/iTunes was no longer capable of reading it. This generated quite a pain since I had to restore my iPod back to its original conditions, in the process wiping the hard drive. While I was fortunate enough to have all my music with me anyways (2 copies actually, one of the laptop drive and another on the backup external) I had deleted all the storage-hungry video files that I had converted for use with the iPod. So that meant I had to use EphPod (one last time before I trash it forever), transfer those video files off the iPod, restore my iPod, then transfer everything back onto it. It’s in the process as I write.
I had an even bigger scare when I came back and turned on my laptop today. The first time, Windows was totally unresponsive. I couldn’t do anything at all. The last resort Ctrl+Alt+Dlt didn’t even work. I had to go a hard shut down. Upon starting up the next time, my antivirus wouldn’t load. The next restart wouldn’t even get me past the login screen. It would go to the screen but not show the users I could log in as. Trying to shut down from there also didn’t work. Again a hard reset and again I was greeted by the empty login screen.
Panic mode (almost).
This is the point where Safe Mode was started up and a system restore was done to last night. I hadn’t changed anything so I couldn’t imagine what was causing all the trouble. Thankfully, the system restore worked and I’ve got my system back up and running properly. Generally an unpleasant experience though.
So I’m not sure why it’s all going down the drain tonight. I’ve really got to get going on that work report assignment. 🙁
[tags]iPod, EphPod, Windows[/tags]