I had a severe blonde moment today. In preparation to go back to school this fall, which isn’t happening due to my father moving in, I bought a laptop. It was a used and refurbished HP dv6 Pavilion. It wasn’t amazing, but it served my purpose as it had Office including Access which I needed for one of my classes.
This was the first laptop I had ever bought. I have always had desktops, and had always worked on them myself. I assumed laptops were impossible to work on, and that if anything went wrong with it, I would have to get a new one. When the fan was on more than I thought healthy, I looked into other ideas about laptops.
I found a video on my laptop in particular that showed how to take it apart, etc. I then spent an entire hot afternoon taking it apart, twice, to blow out the fan. After I put it back together the first time, the touchpad didn’t work, so I had to take it apart again in order to plug in the cable that I had forgotten to plug in the first time, and feel really stupid. Sometime after that, the blue light around the touchpad quit working, even though the pad itself works perfectly fine. Also, the keyboard and top cover never do stay “clicked” into place and stick up a bit, but it works, so I really don’t care.
Now, back to the point. Earlier this afternoon, my laptop needed a win7 update. I went ahead and let it do it’s thing. Immediately afterwards, the sound quit. Kaput, no more. I rebooted. The sound worked. I started writing. I don’t remember my last count on my most recent project, but I think it’s around 17-18 thousand. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but with my schedule and responsibilities, I’m really proud of myself, especially since I started this story just a few weeks ago.
Immediately after I stopped writing and went to check on my little villagers (I was running Virtual Villagers in the background, and excellent way to take a few minutes break periodically), the computer just quit. No warning, nothing, just dead!
I freaked out thinking it got hot or something. I waited a few, tried to turn it back on. It got to the win load screen and died again. I waited over and hour to turn it on again. It got to the “Do you want Safe Mode” screen, died, and then wouldn’t turn back on again no matter what I did.
At this point I got completely depressed thinking, “Why does everything I own and do have to die?” I called a repair guy who said it could be the RAM. That’s better than the CPU. He said to take the chips out and see if it did a beep thing. It didn’t. I was doomed. My laptop was dead, and I was going to have to find a way to get my story off the drive because I couldn’t possibly afford the alternatives. I tried one last option. I reached down and grabbed the power cord in case it needed to be plugged in to check the RAM (you’d be surprised).
Wait. This feels weird. The cord had come apart. My cord is in two pieces.
The stupid cord had come apart! I put it back together, put the RAM back in, put the cover and battery back on/in and prayed. Lights! There were blinking lights!!! It turned on!! Praise be to God!! Oh my sweet, sweet laptop, how I missed you these several….hours…ahem…sorry.
Now, in my defense, the durn thing never told me it was low, and I’m still not used to having to check. I did discover that the reserve battery level was at 7% while the critical level was at 9%. From what the internet tells me, this means that it will shut off (critical level) before warning me that I need to shut it off (reserve level). I raised the reserve level to 13% because that’s when it normally likes to think it’s dead anyway. Perhaps that will solve my problem.
Then I got to write a nice e-mail to the nice man, Ben, who helped me over the phone and explain to him how stupid I felt and what the problem was. I did end it with, “Oh, and yes, I’m blonde.”