That is the old saying about someone who has just enough technical skill to really screw something up. And that would be me this week.
I took a class which is supposed to lead to a certification called Certified Ethical Hacker. I am not a programmer or developer but I do work with those types of folks, so it only makes sense to increase my knowledge in the field. It was a great class and I really enjoyed it.
So during the course, I got to revisit a few of my lost UNIX skills and in talking with the instructor and some fellow classmates, I decided it would be cool to load the latest version of Ubuntu on an older laptop we have sitting in a closet. I won't even bore you with the details, but it was a painful thing because, even though Ubuntu loaded up quite easily, I could not get the WiFi to work. That pretty much makes a laptop useless, in my mind anyway. The guy sitting behind me in the class is very familiar with the field of computers and as we sat there learning, he had my laptop sitting next his computer, and by the time we were ready to break for lunch, he had it fully working. And he explained that it wasn't anything I did wrong, just a problem with drivers.
Ubuntu forums had discussed having similar issues.
I have been busily copying over files to a standalone hard drive and I suspect I'll be reformatting the desktop hard drive (or just buying a new one) and resetting the BIOS to the original setting.
I swear, people with Macs don't seem to have these self-inflicted problems.