Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Psychotic Printer

Marcus:  I guess we know what we're thankful for this week!

Rusty:  Yes, we finally get our computer back!

Marcus:  Back?  Where'd it go?

Rusty:  Jan was hogging it.  How quickly you forget.

Marcus:  I didn't forget.  I didn't know what you were referring to.

Rusty:  She tried to print something Sunday and discovered our printer was uninstalled again when Windows 10 updated to Creator last week.   Only this time, no matter what she did, it would not actually install!  It was there but it wasn't. 

Marcus:  Yes, it was the ghost printer - in the queue but not installed.  She would try to print a document and the lights would start blinking and it would start spewing out test page after test page - or some jibberish.  She had to resort to reusing the same paper and it would keep printing multiples over the old test pages.

Rusty:  And then there was the monitor.

Marcus:  What about the monitor?

Rusty:  It wouldn't turn on at first on Monday and then Tuesday it downright refused.  She untangled all the cords and made sure everything was hooked up properly.  Tried plugging it in different places.  Finally climbed up on Buddy's step stool and got the old monitor and prepared to hook it up.  Suddenly the one we've been using came on.  It's working fine now.

Marcus:  This just hasn't been Jan's week. First thing Monday after picking up poop in the dog pen, she tripped over a step and had to do some fancy "dancing" to not fall on the concrete. In the process, she twisted her already bad foot and ankle, so she's been derelict in her duty to play ball with me or to walk us properly.

Rusty:  But the good news is that while she was untangling cords, she discovered our 4 port usb hub was missing the power cord.  It's been missing for so long she found it packed away on the top shelf of the closet.  Evidently it fell off (again!) and when it was found she had no idea where it went and everything worked - sort of.  I mean, who makes a big heavy plug end with a very thin cord?  Even we furries could figure out it isn't going to stay plugged in.  It had fallen out again yesterday, so Mr. Doug taped the cord to the hub.

Marcus:  It's been that kind of a week.  But things did improve yesterday.  Mr. Doug came by to take Jan somewhere important and afterward he sat at the computer, read some online Microsoft printer tech stuff, and in a while we had a printer again.  It actually prints real words and stops at one copy.    *sigh*  It's almost boring now that the lights don't flash and Jan doesn't have to catch all the papers spewing from the printer.

Rusty:  Thank you for fixing the psychotic printer, Mr. Doug!

Marcus:  Do you think we should thank Jan, too?  She did do some things right this week and she has been entertaining.

Rusty:  Dancing With The Stars on TV is entertainment.  Dancing on the steps or tangling herself in cords is part of what Jan signed on for when she adopted us.  But, yes, we're thankful for her too.

On a different note, we mentioned a while ago that service cats Dezi and Raena's mom Audra has some dental needs. She has found a dentist to do the work and could really use some help to go forward.  Those who know Audra and her cats through her blog or Facebook know her story.  Donation information is in her post.  If you can't donate, please share her fundraiser.  Her blog is DezizWorld.

We are joining Brian for Thankful Thursday.


  1. Hari OM
    Crikey, those tech gremlins are proper little imps... or brownies... or some variety of mischievousness; am very glad to hear that Jan did not come a real cropper on those steps - you definitely ought to be grateful for that you lot!!! Hugs wags whiskeries, YAM-aunty xxx

  2. OH MY those pesky computer problems are always enough to make our Mom blow a circuit too! Thank goodness Mr Doug is so helpful!

  3. Eastside Cats made the poor decision long ago to by 'cheapo' toner instead of high-priced, logo stuff...and the printer hasn't worked correctly since. Chucky loved to paw at the paper coming out, but now it's a dust collector. Glad that yours is better now!

  4. We almost threw our printer out the window
    Lily & Edward

  5. glad you got it all sorted out. My psychotic printer hasn't been working for a few months. Can't figure out what the heck is wrong. It happened before, then suddenly it started working again, now it isn't! catchatwithcarenandcody

  6. Marcus, my mom has the same problem windows 10 had some updates and now our wireless printer is poof gone. She will use my dad if he remembers the password.
    You all enjoy summer.
    xo Astro

  7. Out printer went to the Bridge a couple of years back and we haven't adopted a new on yet! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  8. Computers and printers were put on this planet to be the stage for Jan's antics, which are only a ruse to get you guys and gals to THINK she is having a hard time when actually she is faking the whole show just to give you all something to rant and rave about.

  9. Our Mama is so glad that our Daddy does computer stuff for a living or we don't know what we would do!!

  10. Poor Jan, I hope her ankle is better soon.

  11. Ghostwriter says she's never met a printer or copier that wasn't psychotic! She thinks they're programmed that way!

  12. Mom Paula can relate to computer problems. Our computer crashed last Wednesday and all of our files finally downloaded from Carbonite yesterday. Now to load all of the programs again.

    Don't forget to send us your photos to be included in the 2018 calendar.

  13. Oh yeah, the "unplugs"! We liked the old kind that screwed in.

  14. Monitors are wicked ours stopped working when Daddy was out of town. Mommy called Eldest boy and asked him to come fix it. He has a Masters Degree in Computer Science...he couldn't fix the monitor so he got Mommy a new one. Daddy got home and the old monitor worked perfectly when he turned it on.

  15. hello funny farmers its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay wow that windows ten is sum kind of crazy thing!!! my dada has it on his kompyooter for wurk he sez he kind of liked it at first but not he kinds of hayts it he sez he wishes he cud just put oobuntoo on it wotever that is!!! i am glad i do not hav to wurry abowt sutch things!!! ok bye

  16. We still are holdouts with our older version of Windows. And we refuse to let the confuser have auto updates, which mean auto hijinx and exasperation for evfrryone in this den. Pawppy is a civil engineer, with a great knowledge of all things confuser...and sometime even he gets mad at the wonkiness of these techie things. Unfurbro-the-elder is a computer engineer, and he refuses to use that program too. Hmmm do the peeps who make those program listen to us out in the real world of the users (and the buyers who are the source of their pocketbooks)? Highly unlikely!

    We are glad that the phycosis of your printer has abated for now. Did you put it in a straight jacket? BOL!

    The mac we use has a few things we don't care for, but while it takes some getting used to after a windows machine, t is way better...but that is only our humble opurrnion.


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