[bksvol-discuss] Re: I am back and with problems.

  • From: "Roger Loran Bailey" <rogerbailey81@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2011 11:50:22 -0500

I’ll tell you something about fortitude. I was just mentioning this on another 
list and I have mentioned it here too even if it has been a long time. When I 
started with my old computer back in 2003 I was lucky to even know how to plug 
it into the wall socket. I had to learn everything on my own with no help from 
anyone. I even missed a good resource for a long time. I had a phone number for 
technical support, but I didn’t know what that was and the word technical in it 
scared me off from calling it. The learning process I put myself through was 
agonizing. Trying to figure out the simplest things about how to use a computer 
left me utterly exhausted. It was because of those experiences that I dreaded 
starting with a new operating system, but now that I have I actually find 
Windows 7 kind of fun to poke around in. I still have something of a phobia 
against learning new things about a computer because of the agonizing learning 
process I have gone through, but it really is true that the more I learn the 
easier it is to learn more. As for using an old hard drive for a backup, I 
actually expect that to be rather easy and to not take much fortitude. I expect 
that it will be pretty much like using a thumb drive with one hell of a lot of 
space and I already use a thumb drive to store BARD books and an SD card for 
Bookshare books. If it turns out to be something else hard to learn after all, 
then well, like I said, the more I learn the easier it is to learn more.

From: Mayrie ReNae 
Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2011 11:35 AM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: I am back and with problems.

Hi Roger,

That you will have for sure!  Good luck!  You are a braver man than I most 
certainly to attempt getting all your stuff.  I don't think I'd have the 
fortitude necessary to learn/figure out how to get all my stuff if I didn't 
already have a backup that someone else has kindly set up for me.

I wish you much success!  


From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Roger Loran Bailey
Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2011 7:51 AM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: I am back and with problems.

Oh well, I will probably just transfer everything I want to keep and then 
format the old hard drive. At least I will have one enormous place to keep 

From: Mayrie ReNae 
Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2011 11:59 PM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: I am back and with problems.

Hi Roger,

You can't run anything from your old hard drive on your new computer.  All of 
the installations of software are for the hardware in your old machine.

What you need to do is connect your old hard drive as an external hard drive to 
your new machine as folks have suggested, go into each specific application's 
folder for storage and remove and transfer the related saved files like your 
scanned books and your saved mail to the new hard drive.

Sorry for the unhappy news.


From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Roger Loran Bailey
Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2011 12:53 PM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: I am back and with problems.

If Open Book 6 is incompatible with Windows 7 then is it possible to connect 
the old hard drive to my new computer and run Open Book with Windows XP which 
is still on the old hard drive. If so then I may have to ask for further 
instructions on that. I would not know how to switch operating systems for a 
temporary task. Right now, though, I think I will have to figure out how to get 
the old hard drive out of the computer before I can go further.

From: Evan Reese 
Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2011 3:24 PM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: I am back and with problems.

Hi Roger,

Mike already answered your question about using your old hard drive as an 
external drive.

To answer your other questions, you cannot connect your old computer to your 
new one and transfer files without power coming to the old one.

In regards to OpenBook 6, I cannot say for certain, but I strongly suspect that 
your are correct that the problem with installing it on your new system is that 
it will not run under Windows 7. That version came out even before Windows 
Vista, so it is very unlikely that it will run under 7. However, you could call 
FS on Monday and see if they have a patch you can install that will allow your 
version of OB to operate under Windows 7. I wouldn't hold out much hope for 
that though.

Two options for you to consider. Firstly, you could see how much they want to 
let you upgrade to the latest version of OB. Or, you can see whether Kurzweil 
is still offering that substantial discount for OB users to switch to K1000. 
When I switched over 5 years ago, however, that substantial discount still left 
the price tag at $600, which I suspect would be beyond your means, even if that 
discount is still in place.

Secondly,  I do not recall what screen reader you are using, and I have very 
little familiarity with these programs, but you might consider the possibility 
of buying a commercial scanning and OCR package such as Abbey FineReader. They 
are much cheaper than the specially designed programs, at I think $100 or less 
in some cases. I do not know how many people are using these off the shelf 
programs with screen readers, but I seem to recall that I've heard on the 
Window Eyes users list that a few people have had some success with them, 
although you won't get the user friendly experience you had with OpenBook. 
Perhaps if there is anyone using one of these programs with a screen reader on 
this list they could chime in with their experience.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Roger Loran Bailey 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2011 1:50 PM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] I am back and with problems.

  I suppose that no one noticed that I have been missing for a while. My aging 
computer has been developing more and more problems, but finally the power 
switch stopped working. I could not turn it on. I called a repair shop and 
asked how much it would cost to fix that. I was asked how old the computer was. 
Uh, coming up on nine years now. The repairman said that it was not worth 
repairing. Eek! I must be one of those Internet addicts because I started to go 
into a kind of shock at the prospect of being off line for an indefinite time. 
I can’t afford it, but I had to buy another computer immediately. I will have 
to cut back on other expenses. Oh well, I can stand to lose some weight anyway. 
Cutting back on food is good for me. The computer store offered, for an 
additional fee, to transfer all my files to the new computer. They could not 
transfer software because of copyright issues. The trouble with that was that 
some of my most important files were in software applications. Specifically, I 
lost a ton of emails that were stored in Outlook Express. Also, none of the 
scanned books that were in Open Book were transferred. That includes the one I 
was working on and was almost finished with. When I went to pick up my new 
computer I was given both the new one and the old one. I was told that they had 
replaced the hard drive back into the old computer. I asked the woman I was 
talking to if it was possible to use the old hard drive as an external hard 
drive. Somehow my mind went blank when she answered me. I remember her saying, 
“Oh yes.” Then she kept talking and my brain did not register a thing she said 
until she finished with, “Then just connect it with a USB cable.” So here is my 
first question. Question one: Does anyone here know how to turn an old hard 
drive into an external hard drive? I expect that my Open Book along with the 
book I was working on is still there and if I could connect it as an external 
hard drive I might be able to recover it. Question two: Might it be possible to 
connect the old computer with no power coming to it to the new computer and do 
my recovery that way? Now, with that said, it might not be possible for me to 
resume working on the book anyway. I never actually installed Open Book on my 
old computer in the first place. Back in early 2003 when I ordered the computer 
I also ordered the software that I wanted with it and had it delivered with 
Open Book 6 already installed. The only time since then that it has been 
installed again was when my hard drive corrupted and I brought my software 
disks to the repair shop and they reinstalled it for me. Now, though, I have 
been trying to install it on my new computer. I have tried twice 
unsuccessfully. The first time it installed, but would not work. After trying 
over and over I decided that my own incompetence caused an incomplete install. 
I uninstalled it and tried again. This time there came a point that it said 
something like, “Searching for components.” Then, after a few minutes, it said 
something like that it could not find a video something or other. Then the 
installation just stalled and it would not do anything else. I am thinking of 
calling Freedom Scientific technical support, but I am suspicious that my 
antiquated Open Book 6 is just not compatible with my new operating system, 
Windows 7. Question three: Am I correct that Open Book 6 is not compatible with 
my new system? If this is the case I just might have to quit scanning books. 
The computer was expensive enough without buying new scanning software too and 
I can only cut back on other expenses so much. If all that I have said here is 
completely bad news for me then here is my next question. Question four: What 
can I possibly do?

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