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The previous tenants of our office space left their awesome Panduit IT lab workstation in a small area outside the "server room" (that has no servers).

After asking the right person, the marketing dept moved their "crap" off the tables and now I have some workspace.

I didn't even get to wash off the work surfaces before my boss did a drive-by, abandoning a Lenovo ThinkPad on the table, along with the following scrawled on a small piece of scrap paper:

"pls get this boot to Win again spent full day no luck"

Now, let me clarify something... I'm part time, I've only been there 2 months, I still don't know who everyone is, and there is absolutely ZERO information on ANY device this company has purchased.  ZERO. 

It's the wild west. 

My boss started a google sheet for the Surface Pros last May, but his four columns tell me nothing. 

So when I say "I have no fcking clue where this came from or what the history is on this..." trust me.  I have no clue.


I power the laptop on and then stand on my chair, so I can wash the upper rails of my new toy (!!!!) As I start washing down the Panduit workstation (I'm soooo excited!!!), I see the damn Lenovo arrive at the boot selector menu.  @!#$% 

@#$%tty fck fck....I jump down off the chair and sitting down, I see:

►PCI LAN
ATAPI CD0

I've mindlessly popped the DVD tray open and realize there's a disc in the drive tray.  I pick it out... it sparkles as I put my finger thru the center and spin it.... it's an OEM-only Windows 7 - 32 bit original disc.... <wow.... this laptop looks barely used... certainly doesn't look THAT old...>  


I restart the laptop and go into the BIOS.  I look at the usual suspects... boot order, UEFI (which I TOTALLY need help understanding... everything I've read made no sense to me...argh!!!) and damn.... I can't find the HDD.  The third line of my handwritten work notes is: "wtf is the HDD?!?"

However, I do see a preinstalled OS license entry, telling me it was built with Win 8 or 10, NOT Win 7. 
(I'll give the shiny spinning toy back to my boss... he'll probably try to use it to fix his teevee remote or his toaster...)

I power the laptop off, flip it over and noting the Windows 8 sticker, I slide the battery out and remove 5 screws for the back cover.


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I start laughing... too funny!! 

...didn't need no stinkin' hard drive, anyway.... so there!  pfthhhhtttht!!

(I'd love to know what things my boss tried to do, that he spent all day doing...might've been fun to watch...with a nice cold beer in hand, my feet up on his desk, chair rocked back.)

'tis a Frisbee, Joe!

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If no one wants it, can I have it?
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If no one wants it, can I have it?


I know, right?!?

Sad thing is, it's under-powered... like.... it doesn't even make it to skateboard status.  It's more like  a roller skate with a burned up wheel bearing.


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it must have been an important laptop at one time since the hard drive is missing & you redacted the serial #.  Do you work for the FBI?
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I didn't even get to wash off the work surfaces before my boss did a drive-by, abandoning a Lenovo ThinkPad on the table, along with the following scrawled on a small piece of scrap paper:

"pls get this boot to Win again spent full day no luck"

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Technically what your boss asked was to get it to boot.
Find a disk and get it too boot.
Or, get him to sign a PO for a disk and get it to boot.
Obviously Win7 is the new preferred OS.

He OK's the pay check, so impress him!

Too damn heavy for a Frisbee


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We all have stories like that.

I was doing some SQL work at a client.   His, Network support person came in with a laptop three times to his boss, saying he could not get the laptop connected to the domain.

Three times, we looked at what he was doing and saw the problem but we would not tell him what it was.    We wanted him to learn how to figure things out.  

Finally we told him.   Dude, the ethernet cable does not go into an RJ4 port.

He has spent hours on it.

I have others like that.    Folks, look at the basics.


Great Story Spam.  
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Hmm, a Layer 1, RAID -1, PEBCAK problem, I like it!

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Hmm, a Layer 1, RAID -1, PEBCAK problem, I like it!



ROFL...
I never thought of it like that!

"RAID -1"... that's too delicious - I gotta use that somewhere... [wink]


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Damn! I almost spit out my drink! I hate wasting good Mountain Dew. A dozen smart-ass thoughts went through my head but that pic is priceless. PERS (Pilot Error Recovery Sytems) 😉
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