Music: Night Club – “Control”
Location: My Desk
The commute to work this morning was terrible! I don’t recall seeing any accidents, but everything was congested, and there seemed to be more folks on the road than normal. We’re still a couple of weeks away from kids getting out of school and vacation traffic kicking in. Not sure what was going on this morning. All I can say is that it wasn’t fun. I hope getting home won’t be a repeat of this morning.
In prep to send my son’s computer off, I dug out my off Surface 3 to see if it had any life left in it. I left it plugged in a bit so it could get enough of a charge to turn on and to my amazement, she fired right on up. That’s about where the joy ended. It didn’t like the last factory reset because it immediately began to give me OS errors upon boot. Subsequent reboots did the same thing. Ugg. I’d have to fix it before I could do anything else. I tried to be smart about it and just made it do another OS reset, but it wasn’t having any of it. It encountered an error several times and canceled the reset. Great!
At that point, I felt the system files might be corrupt, so I ran a system file check. I’m ashamed to say it took me a couple of times to remember how to do that, as I haven’t used that command in more than a decade. To my astonishment, all the files checked out. There was just something wrong with the OS reset files. I didn’t want to manually create a boot disk to reinstall windows if I could help it, so I tried one last ditch effort of a system refresh instead. It took a while, but that ended up doing the trick. It installed a fresh version of Windows without too much work.
From there, it was just a matter of setting it up how I like it and downloading years’ worth of updates. While it was doing its thing, I updated my Lenovo to allow my son to log into the machine and granted him the rights he needed to do whatever he wanted. That part was amazing fast, as it already saw him part of the family and had his profile ready to be used if I permitted it. I packed it up and put it downstairs for whenever he was ready to transition from his messed-up laptop to that one.
I left the Surface running while I was at work and let it download the remaining updates it couldn’t get to last night. The device feels so small! I can’t even fathom the folks who want to use the Surface Go. My Surface 3 is 12 inches, but that Surface go is 10 inches. I don’t think I could handle going any smaller. It feels strange to be using this machine again, but I have to admit it fits like an old glove. The yellowing of the screen is very much still present, as is the bad pixels but I’m going to ignore that for now.
I did some research into the yellowing and found out there were two problems with the Surface line that caused this. One was from overheating. Given that the Surface 3 doesn’t have fans and relies on the frame to dissipate heat, I can understand that one. The other reason was due to a battery being behind the screen heating up too much and, in some cases, expanding against the screen. Mine hasn’t swelled, so I’m hoping it’s just a matter of overheating. It’s scary to think about. I have to say; I did miss this device. Even with the screen issues on this one, I’m leaning toward getting another Surface.
It’s too bad I can’t get away for lunch today. My schedule is slappy happy full. Did I mention that I started my next story?