Saturday, May 19, 2007

Death of a Computer

Well earlier today when my computer wouldn't turn on, I thought I was out of commission--I don't know why I didn't think about my sons' computer upstairs. So that's where I am right now, having discovered a link with the virtual world just at the top of the stairs.

Yesterday my computer powered off on me (it said thermal error), so I powered it back up and backed up all my writing stuff. Then today, it wouldn't turn on at all. My husband couldn't debug it on his own and took it to Fry's who were charging a $100 flat fee for labor and $150 for the motherboard that they think is the problem. So $250. My husband has decided now to just go with an inexpensive, new computer. But he doesn't want the Microsoft Vista (if that's what it's called) operating system. Evidently it's very hard to find a new computer without it these days. He's been told that he can downgrade back to Windows XP, so I guess that's the plan.

So when he brings it home, he's going to have to get it all setup before I'm allowed to use it. I was really hoping to get all my contest stuff together this weekend so I don't have to worry about it next week (my 1st grader's last half-week of school). At least I have my backup--thank goodness! Maybe I can proof everything from my husband's laptop. Here's hoping...

Don't plan on hearing too much from me for a little while...until I get reconfigured.

4 comments:

Stephanie Janulis said...

I know the feeling! My computer died on me in March (it was the display) and I went a month without a computer. I ended up getting a Mac...it's amazing! But good luck with the new comp! I hate how much they charge to fix computers...it was the same story with mine...so much money for labor and whatnot. Just to walk me though diagnostic steps over the phone they were going to charge me 60.00! Psh! Hello new computers!!! :)

Lara Croft said...

Sorry to hear about your computer. I never thought in my life time I would depend on computers as much as I do now. It's amazing. I'm amazed at what we can do with them and once you get used to them how frustrating it is when they don't work the way we want them to. Take care -

ERiCA said...

Ah, computer trouble is no fun at all! I feel for you.

Sara Hantz said...

Yikes... computer problems. The thing we all dread most. Hopefully you'll be up and running soon!