908: what a mess…!

I spent most of yesterday working on a PowerPoint presentation for the local RSVP, only to have the file crash at the end of the day. Yeah, I saved often and after every major change. Yeah, I saved it two places, “just in case…”! Yet, inexplicably, something went wrong.

Maybe the file was too big for the memory stick. Whatever. Though it looked OK at the end where I was working, none of the illustrations (of which there were a couple hundred or so, I guess) showed in most of the earlier slides, just the text.

Of course, I have earlier versions of the file that are OK, just a day’s work short of where the one I was working on yesterday was when it crashed. I’m hoping the RSVP director has another copy of the file up to the point I started on it yesterday. Until I hear back from her, I am pretty much dead in the water.

Take my word for it: Anything that walks past this

I wonder if Dougy will let me hide in his box. 

I’ve tried all the old tricks to try to revive the missing files. Of course, since I stupidly went over to Windows 10, I don’t know how to do certain easy things that I knew to do in earlier versions to return to earlier times and missing files. Progress.

30 thoughts on “908: what a mess…!

  1. Reblogged this on ' Ace Friends News ' and commented:
    Do you use system restore on your computer? You maybe able to restore to point on day before it crashed and disappeared but accessing system restore on Windows XP was easy and no so difficult on Windows 7 but on 10 l have not checked out the situation.
    If you still have a problem myself and a colleague called Shaun set up a site to help people just check it out any time add your question and l will get back to you as soon as possible.
    Keep the address handy http://acepchelp.wordpress.com/
    Regards Ian
    PS I help people in my area with computer problems and my college builds them so together we wants to help our readers and followers.

    • I couldn’t figure out how to get to this in Windows 10, which I only recently installed on my PC. Believe me, that was the first thing I tried to find once I realized I had this problem! I think I may have found it, finally and too late, but the presentation was completed using an earlier version the director had on her PC. It’s good to know you have this help available, though., It was great having in-house IT when I was working. When I retired, I learned several things the hard way because I had to. Incidentally, one of the things I learned from the IT at work was the recovery trick, only for XP and next the one after that.

    • I wasn’t able to recover the whole file, but the director of the RSVP (for whom I’m doing this) had one thawt was close to done, so I was able to get the project done, if not the way it was yesterday. I think the end result may have been better, actually, because I had some time to stew on how to handle some technical and aesthetic issues.

    • It is a lot more cluttered (for my tastes) with crap I don’t want or need but have to scroll through to get to the useful stuff. Maybe people with touch screens will like it more or i-phones, whatever, but it’s tedious on a PC.

  2. Arrggghhhh … I feel your pain. Murphy’s Law. $h1+ Happens. Whatever. Arrggghhh!!!!!!!!!

    What I hate is composing a really long elegant response in a web browser (on iPad Safari) – going to another website to check my facts or copy a URL – coming back and having the page refresh – loosing it all. The second attempt is MUCH shorter and less elegant. 🙂

    • I got through it using an older copy of the file that the director had on her PC. Fortunately, it was mostly complete to the point I was, so it took very little to finish what needed to be done.

    • No, it wasn’t. I save things in several spots with the idea it will prevent this sort of catastrophe, buit what it doesn’t prevent is the catastrophe that comes of copuying a bad file onto a good one! I didn’t realize there was an issue until I had saved the bad file over the good one X three different places! It was not my happiest moment!

      I’m not a fan of Windows 10. I suppose I will get used to it. i know I fought every change so far, so why think I’m going to get along with this newest OS right off!

    • Fortunately, there was an earlier version on file. It was far enough along that I didn’t have a great deal to redo, and some things I felt I did a better job of the second time through since I had more of a sense of how I visualized the presentation.

Leave a Reply. You may comment using your WordPress.com, Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ accounts.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.