An Issue of Power

For the past month or so, I’ve been having a lot of trouble with my computer.  I haven’t said much about it (but in all fairness, I haven’t said much about anything lately!) but it has really stressed me out. 

When I did mentioned my computer woesJay suggested, from personal experience,  that the problem might be with the power cord.  Still not having prepared myself for the thought of sending off my computer for several weeks,  I was more that willing  to grasp at any straw.  I asked Shaun if the problem could possibly be the power cord. 

My Beloved thought I was brilliant for coming up with such an astute diagnosis.  (Naturally, I went ahead and let him think that it was all my idea.  I’m sure I’ll be falling off my pedestal just as soon as he reads this) and went rummaging through his huge collection of power cords and other…stuff. (which resulted in him doing a bit of Spring Cleaning and bringing in three huge boxes of electronics for his co-workers to scavenge through)

I was thrilled when we plugged the new cord in and my computer once again worked…at least for a very short time.  I had made the tragic mistake of turning my computer off.  (Apparently, something one should never do!)  To my horror, it refused to reboot. 

it had done this a few times before, so I knew that if I tried over and over and over again (We’re talking hours here) it would finally stop hanging..  Only this time, something odd happened.  A blue screen filled with white words flashed by so quickly that I had no chance to read it, then the computer went into some strange loop where it would try to reboot then flash the blue screen at me.  KT and I made it a game to see if we could make out any of the words. 

We finally came up with a phrase (I’ve forgotten what it was) that told us that  my hard disk had died.   A new hard drive didn’t fix anything, nor did new memory chips.  (You do realize that I wasn’t the one doing this fixing, don’t you?  I think it’s already been established that I’m not the brilliant one!)

We had pretty much given up hope when the nice man in brown shorts brought us the new battery we had ordered.  Despite knowing it was useless, Shaun put the battery in anyways.  To our amazement it worked. 

Shaun fully expected me to start jumping up and down for joy.  I couldn’t do it.  I was just cringing….waiting for the next Bad Thing to happen to this poor computer.  It baffles my mind to think that these troubles have come down to a failing power supply.

I’m almost ready to do the Happy Dance…

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