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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14 Responses to An Issue of Power

  1. Jay says:

    I have to keep my laptop plugged in almost all the time now. The battery will only last around 45 mins or so. I think it’s designed that way so that Apple can stick me for the cost of a new battery every couple of years.

    Glad your laptop works again!

  2. chrisb says:

    Now you are putting me off getting a laptop. I want a macbook air but I doubt I’ll afford one for a while!

  3. Peggy says:

    I’m so glad it’s working again. I hope it stays healthy until the next upgrade (years from now?).

  4. Stephanie says:

    I know exactly how you feel! I had the scary quick blue screen with white words too…and then it was hanging and hanging, over and over again. I think that when I saw the blue screen, my heart stopped momentarily as my digital life passed before my eyes… After an infinite number of restarts, it finally worked again – I was undescribably relieved.

    I’m glad you got it working again! 🙂

  5. I’m glad you got it working too. Since I work as a freelance writer, I think of my laptop as my third arm. I think I would be in hysterics if it hung like that.

  6. I was sans computer for two days (of course, I had a desktop and my husband’s laptop, but still . . .). I thought I would go crazy!

  7. tommie says:

    I feel your pain with computer probs….this is what hubs does for a living, and he basically said mine was a goner. May it RIP, it gave me a good 3 years.

    Now sitting on my lap is a cute little blue thing that is isn’t a testy little thing!

  8. Ann says:

    I’m currently angry at my laptop. My hubby brought his brother over who gave us a list of a few things to try. But, I’m like you I’m just waiting for more bad news. HOWEVER, I’m thrilled for you and I’m doing the happy dance with you!!!

  9. Lynne says:

    I’m glad your computer woes were (in the end) so easily resolved. What did we all do back in the very early 80s without them? We got the first Mac ever made in 1984. Still have it too: signed and all!

  10. Linda says:

    Isn’t just tragic how much we depend on these mysterious machines – and how much we really DONT know about them? Yikes!

  11. Hilary says:

    I once had what appeared to be big computer problems .. diagnosed by a geek or two. On a whim, someone suggested the least expensive approach.. a new battery. That worked for me too. Always something to keep in mind. I’m glad it’s working well for you now. Life without computers is just about unacceptable these days.

  12. Cazzie says:

    Stooopid computers hey! I am going to get out my typewriter!! LOL

  13. Cheryl says:

    I keep getting error messages. I’m not ready to be friends with Dell tech support again. Are you dancing?

  14. sandi says:

    Well, I am late in commenting on this post. That’s possibly because I’ve been catching up on your wonderful blog–made it through the earthworm picture and the story of your having a black thumb. (It can’t be worse than mine, and I have also NEVER touched an earthworm…not willingly, at least.) But I want to say about power cords: my computer just keeps getting bad ones, and they short out things inside the computer, and then the whole shebang just shuts down, swallowing up anything I’ve been working on (like, most recently, the novel I’m writing!) YIKES. Just want to chime in to say: what’s with these electronic devices anyway? I can’t live without my laptop, but I’m replacing power cords every few months now! Hope to soon be doing the happy dance right along with you. Lovely, lovely blog, by the way!