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I'm a complete dunce, I know

...but bear in mind that my previous home computer was bought in 1993, and only had a 3.5" disk station (which was state of the art in them dark days!).

Every time I logon, my computer (which will need to be named at some stage) tells me that it has found some WinXP updates for me to install, but warns me that I must first create a backup. My computer (see that it needs a name?) is issued with 2 optic -CD/-DVD/-RW stations. The manual, written in badly translated German, says all I need to do is place a disk in the station (does not specify which) and run the Windows Backup Wizard.

So I've gone out and bought a packet of CD-RW high speed disks. I open up one station and place a disk inside. I open up the wizard and it tells me G:\backup.bkf, which it comes up with of its own accord, is an invalid file name and destination. So I try it in the other station. Same result.

What's wrong? I don't know. These disks, do they need formatting first?

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gamiila
Nov. 29th, 2004 07:41 am (UTC)
Nah, it's not that. According to the table in the manual, it is compatible with CDs as well. And that's true, because it plays my audio CDs perfectly. And it recognises thata CD, not a DVD, has been inserted in the wizard, and doesn't say it's an unknown medium type or anything.

Harrumph -- this is getting curiouser and curiouser by the minute. I think I'll thrown myself on the mercy of one of my computer nerd acquaintances, and make them responsible for sorting it out. You know, bat an eyelid, let a single tear of disappointment trail silently down my cheek...they'll not refuse me ;-)!
bogwitch
Nov. 29th, 2004 07:45 am (UTC)
Hee. I wouldn't worry about it too much at this stage. You'll be neglecting to back up and losing everything important like the rest of us in no time!
gamiila
Nov. 29th, 2004 08:29 am (UTC)
Ha! I expect so...

Still, I do want to learn to burn CDs. The PC was sold to me on the understanding that it can, and I want to see it do just that!
bogwitch
Nov. 29th, 2004 08:33 am (UTC)
Depends on what you want to burn cd's of. You should have some special software, or Media Player can do it.
gamiila
Nov. 29th, 2004 08:41 am (UTC)
Well, eventually, once I've mastered the basics...Common Rotation Union Maids (i.e. songs they're working on), probably. Can't think of anything else right now, but I've got 10 of these CD-RWs now, so I'd better find a use for them.
bogwitch
Nov. 29th, 2004 08:43 am (UTC)
I end up using them to burn off the swelling collection of JM pics! Oh and the 6MB of fic I've yet to read. Eek!
gamiila
Dec. 2nd, 2004 02:50 am (UTC)
That's an idea! I've got masses of JM pics at work...better remove them from my PC before Jobsworth will use 'em as an excuse to get rid of me!
bogwitch
Dec. 2nd, 2004 03:15 am (UTC)
It's amazing how many accumulate, isn't it? At least if you are sacked, it's not for porn, but for pics of a man in a nice coat.
gamiila
Dec. 2nd, 2004 03:50 am (UTC)
it's not for porn, but for pics of a man in a nice coat.

There's a difference?
bogwitch
Dec. 2nd, 2004 06:10 am (UTC)
Not if it's a flashing mac :)