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He's dead, Jim.

My laptop is dead. AGAIN! Just like the other times, the graphics start going all lines and it freezes. I shut it down (it would only shut down by holding down the power key - or popping the battery out), and it won't reboot. Thankfully, last time this happened we bought an attachment to be able to hook the laptop hard drive up to my tower and pull data off. I grabbed all of my work files and I'm ready to toss the thing out - but it isn't mine. It's Sun's.

I'm begging for another laptop, because this one is CRAP and they'll only have to pay to get it fixed.

I'm lost without my laptop downstairs. Scott's just isn't the same.


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Sep. 16th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
omg--telllll me about laptops. i thought mine had permanently croaked, and so had gateway customer service (which always sucks, by the way--always suggesting you take the most drastic measure possible and then turning out to be totally wrong). well, took it to a little computer repair shop, and it was just the old battery making it short out. so now it works fine: just had to remove the old battery and am ordering a new one. don't know if that's the case for you or not, but sistah, i feel your pain.

p.s. apparently i too am a literature snob. that was hilarious!
Sep. 17th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
In my 623 years around laptops, I've learned:

1 - they get much slower, the longer you own them. Well, at least, that'll be your perception.

2 - when they stop working, it's usually because one of the interior cables has grown weary. sometimes it's just loose; othertimes it's due to fatigue .. being opened/closed so many times. if you want to remove screws and try connecting stuff, don't let me stop you.

3 - yes, sometimes it's the battery. they can only be recharged N times. you know all about the different memory characteristics of different kinds of batteries, right? some of them should be drained before recharged, others not.

4 - sometimes it's due to spilling wine on the keyboard, which then gets onto the motherboard and .. well, it ain't pretty. this can cause you to have to press the space bar 93 times before it'll respond with a single [SPACE] character. or, you'll lose the ability to use the letter [E] at all, which leads to rather creative emails (until you learn the ALT-123 combination which renders an [E] ..)

There are no other possible causes. This is an exhaustive list. Trust me - I contacted Michael Brown (formerly of FEMA) and asked.
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