Now you are advising a technically challenged woman! I notice that the Airport icon at the top of the screen is greyed out. When I open Airport Utilities now, all I get is Other Airport Base Stations, a green dot stating 'Internet' & at the bottom of the screen 'No configured Airport base stations have been found. Airport Utility will continue searching'. Not sure what all this means. I did not see 'backup delayed' anywhere this time. I have tried connecting another hard drive to the USB port & the computer recognises a new Backup Device. I should add that I am travelling around Australia by caravan & am in a remote area at the moment, so access to the internet is at the whim of Telstra. We are moving to a town tomorrow, so access may be better.
Hi again, hope you have a wonderful time traveling around australia.
I think you should try to give your Time Capsule a brand new start. The beautiful side of it, is that it is not a long process. If your data is still on your hard drive, it won't get deleted.
"If the AirPort Base Station or Time Capsule isn't accessible from AirPort Utility, the Factory Default reset can be accomplished by using the reset button.
- Unplug the AirPort Base Station or Time Capsule from power.
- Press and hold the reset button with a pen or pencil, then plug the AirPort Base Station or Time Capsule back in while continuing to hold the button until you see the light (LED) flash rapidly. This should happen after a few seconds.
- Release the button. This will factory default reset the AirPort Base Station or Time Capsule."
Then, follow the instructions from http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1178
Good luck !