A Good Attitude Is Everything
Now that you are calmer and refreshed, we can get down to work. First, let's talk about your attitude. Do you have the RIGHT one in place? I know I just fussed at you for having a "right at any cost" mindset before. But this kind of attitude is different.
Understand this: most computer problems can be fixed with the proper tools and a positive attitude! I have come to the conclusion that anyone with a basic education, a simple toolkit and a positive mental focus can fix almost any computer if they know the steps to take.
Attitude is everything. I admit that there are better PC techs than me out there, but I can usually whip them in a fair fight because I very rarely quit or give up when it comes to working on a computer problem.
I have solved complex problems where other, more experienced people have failed, simply because I kept plugging away. I can persevere like this because I have the "right' attitude.
A negative attitude automatically blocks creative ideas and closes the door on alternative pathways. It whispers, "This is too tough. I can't do...I had better quit now and get someone who knows what they are doing to do this!" A positive attitude says you can keep trying until you reach a roadblock and then study that obstacle until you figure out a solution.
A positive attitude says, "If you can't get over it (any obstacle), then go around it". I know it sounds like I'm contradicting myself.
A positive attitude doesn't mean to keep doing the same dumb things over and over on the same problem. Remember this is what the adult hikers did. They just kept on walking! They were lost...because they kept moving away from a known trail.
Albert Einstein once said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results..."
But you know better. You've stopped screwing around on your machine and you have not panicked. Now with a positive attitude you are ready to try a new and creative solution for your problem.