Tales from a Tech

I had to reload the most ridiculous laptop at work today.  First, it refused to network boot, which I discovered was due to its network card being dead.  I then tried to boot from DVD to reload it.  Refused to boot to the Windows 7 disc.  I thought maybe the drive was bad, but it boots just fine and dandy to every other disc I put in it.

So I dig out our USB Ethernet adapter and try to boot with that.  No luck.  I finally got the thing to boot with a Clonezilla disc, using the USB network adapter to image it over the network.  Only found one downside.  The adapter is only 10/100… We usually image using gigabit ethernet.  When it started, it was going to take over 4 hours to image!  It hadn’t finished yet when I left work today.