I might try booting it up from a system disk, and I might try calling Dell. I haven't really tried anything yet.
In the main, since I got back, I've been focusing on getting caught up on work, spending time with Bill and friends, unpacking and catching up on laundry and such, and exercising. I've gained ten pounds since I sprained my ankle in June and with the other weight gain I've experienced since taking this desk job I'm back to the weight I was at last January. Frustrating. I feel like I'm in slightly better shape than then, though, I just need to get back into regular exercise. I'm off sweets now (please if it occurs to you, don't offer me any. thanks.) and trying to improve my diet, learn better foods to deal with the hypoglycemia. I've been doing dance workouts and the physical therapy exercises for my shoulder and knee which I had slacked on, slowly increasing the mobility and strength of my ankle. I'm taking my vitamins. I'm trying to make a habit of these things. Yesterday I rode a bike for the first time since I injured my shoulder last year in February. That felt good.
This weekend was pleasant in general, though quiet. hung out with friends, read books (!) had lunch with mom and dad on Sunday and told them all about going to see the Cirque Du Soliel show Zumanity in Vegas. It was lovely weather. murphyw hung out with thatguychuck Sunday morning and worked on his motorcycle. We went to see The Island in the evening and though it wasn't a terrifically good movie (kind of predictable, with lots of loose ends vis-a-vis explaining sf anomalies, and tons of ad placement) it had pretty people in it and an interesting visual design, and the nearly endless shots of people running made me want to exercise more. :)
It was nice having dinner with markeyisapunk and entourage beforehand, too. I was sorry we didn't get around to helping rikhei move in to her new place, but based on a really lovely message she left on our answering machine, it sounded like she got settled in okay, so that's good.
While in Vegas I got hooked on Firefly, and I've only seen 3 episodes, so I'm hoping to borrow the rest from someone.
I guess that's it for now.