failure to display secruity and shutdown options
Just incase you thought eveything in the Cupboard was running smoothly, here is error of the day “Failure to display security and shutdown options”. This is how the story unfolded
Zap the unresponsive browser
I was getting impatient waiting for Firefox to decide to ‘respond’. Respond sounds like something a patient does to treatment. It’s probably an appropriate analogy for a wendy treating a computer. It feels like dealing with the dead when you’ve got an unresponsive program. I pressed CTRL+ALT+DELETE:
- Control the computer – kick Firefox
- find an Alternative way to do what I want to do
- Delete the unresponsive program which the ‘task manager’ seems to call a ‘task’, loosing the medical analogy and shifting to what looks like Taylorism
I just wanted to stop Firefox and use another browser, not a computer based task and workflow analysis.
Wait for the darkness
There is always a ‘black flash’ before Windows 7 shows me it’s fancy blue screen with a list of ‘security’ options. The black flash is similar to the one I get before it shows me a dialog asking me to give some program permission to do something like install updates. Blackness arrived, but it wasn’t a flash. Layered over the top of the blackness was and XP Classic (i.e. Win2K) style error message which accurately recognised that I had just pressed CTRL+ALT+DELETE.
Boggle my brain-cells
The error message gives me three suggested actions
- press ESC (Escape from what? the error message, Firefox, the computer, Reading town?)
- restart the cupboard using the power switch
- click the “OK” button
Hmmmmm. Which one should I try first? The
- First suggestion (press ESC)?
- Least dramatic suggestion (Click the OK button?)
- The well-known troubleshooting strategy of switch everything off then turn it on again – and go off to make myself a cup of tea and ponder the meaning of life?
Being of an impatient disposition, when it comes to computers, I clicked OK which removed the black screen and returned me to the computer desktop and unresponsive Firefox. But what now? Should I now press ESC? Pah, I want the task manager, so I tried CTRL+ALT+DELETE again, and “Hey Presto!” this time I got the black flash followed by the Security and Shutdown options
I wonder whether the task manager is a security or a shutdown option? Certianly I use it to shut things down, so it’s probably a shutdown option….