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So this morning, I started up my computer like I do every day. And there was this *very* strange noise - like something had gotten caught in one of the fans (I have three in my computer tower). So, after doing a quick check of my emails and fast exchange of "good morning"s with my business partner, I thought it might be a good idea to re-start the computer.


It didn't.

I tried everything. Re-starting several times. Taking it completely offline - power-wise and internet-wise - and re-starting it. Using a boot-disc. Jiggling everything that I could jiggle.


Insert cries of despair and ripping out of hair here...

Finally, I took it to the shop and said "fix it, now!". The technician there mumbled something about not getting it done because of all the diagnostics and what ifs... I said, less talk, more doing. He went and did. ^^

Then I went back home, feeling like I'd had something amputated... *sigh* Just goes to show how dependent I've gotten on having my computer available all the time. Especially since my laptop's in Australia with my daughter... *big sigh*

At loose ends at home, I vacuumed and mopped the kitchen and the dining room, vacuumed the hallway, vacuumed, cleaned and mopped the bathroom and started on the living-room. Then the call from the shop: it's 'only' a loose connection and the fan of the graphic card - which doesn't need replacing if I don't mind the noise. Putting in a second hard disc so that I can do more back-ups, just in case...

I was never happier to pick up my big blue computer from the shop than today. Even if it *did* cost as much as I'd budgeted for food for the next two weeks... >.> Oh well... better to have my sweety back than not be able to work.

Now to do that data backup that I'd intended when I started the computer this morning... >.>


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Oct. 15th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
Good deal on it being something easy to fix!

And, good thing this didn't happen to you/rs!
Oct. 15th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
Thank the Gods, yes! I was already trying to figure out how to finance a new computer... *wipes sweat off brow*

Oh! Wow! Yes! That would have been just so frightening!

Though... I *have* had my computer go up in smoke a few years back - it was the power adapter that had gotten overheated. Which is why I now have *three* fans inside my computer... ^__^;

Oct. 15th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Can you imagine?? Especially like what the guy said - if it had been in his lap - OUCH!

I've had monitors burn out and explode (in a small way). But, I've never had the actual CPU do anything like that before. Definitely not a laptop.
Oct. 15th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
I think certain parts of his anatomy would *not* have appreciated that! >.> *shudders*

Monitors, never. But the power adapter, yes. That was a really wierd experience. To suddenly have smoke coming up from underneath your desk... *very* shocking!

Well, you're never *totally* safe from something like this... it's just the way it is with electrical things... >.>
Oct. 15th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
Puh, noch mal Glück gebat. Da bin ich ja froh für dich ^__^

Apropos rauchende Computer mir ist mal vor ein paar Jahren was ganz Witziges passiert. Ich sitz so am PC und plötzlich riecht es irgendiwe verschmort. Ich schnüffele und schnüffele und denke schon oh gott, gleich implodiert dein Rechner! Schnell alles ausgemacht, der Geruch wird trotzdem intensiver. Am Ende hat sich rausgestellt das an der Deckenlampe ein Kabel angeschmort war ^^ Man vermutet halt immer gleich das Schmlimmste.
Oct. 15th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Blah...und ich kann offensichtlich nicht mehr tippen, ignoriere einfach die ganzen Rechtschreibfehler, ist schon spät ^^
Oct. 15th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)

Ich habe gerade überlegt, warum *Du* noch wach und online bist! *ggg*

Bin nämlich selber gerade schon auf dem Weg in's Bett, weil ich auch nicht mehr tippen kann. Und ausserdem sollte ich mal *vor* 1 Uhr Nachts ins Bett kommen. *seufz*

Bei mir war's damals 'nur' das Netzteil... aber geraucht und gestunken hat's auch. Heute früh, das war eigentlich schlimmer. Wenn *gar* nix mehr geht, und sich der Rechner nicht mal mehr hochfährt, dann kommen einem schon die allerschlimmsten Gedanken. Den Göttern sei's gepriesen und getrommelt, dass es dann doch nicht *ganz* so schlimm war... ^^

*Schweiss von Stirn wisch*
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Oct. 16th, 2010 09:41 am (UTC)
Eight months! O.O I think I would have gone insane, not being able to work for eight months! >.> The problem is that the computer is my tool, not only my relaxation. Without it, I can't run my company, I can't do my taxes, I can't do my bookkeeping or even do proper correspondance.

So whenever it goes on the blink, I almost panic.

I'm glad that it was only a little thing. *deep sigh*

Oct. 16th, 2010 08:20 am (UTC)
Who needs food anyway? This makes me more determined than ever to get round to buying that extra hard drive for backup!
Oct. 16th, 2010 09:44 am (UTC)
Food is overrated!

I now have *three* backup drives. Two external ones, which I unplug and put aside whenever I go on vacation, or go to conventions. And now one internal one which I'm already feeding with all the data that I need. I have to ask my business partner, she had a program that allows you to backup data automatically, but only the stuff that's changed or been added, rather than do complete backups every time. That sounds useful. So now I have an extra data drive that will *only* be used for data and small programs that I need occasionally and that would be pain to gather together again in case of a system drive crash.

You can never have enough backups... >.>
Oct. 16th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
Oooh, that sucks. Glad you've got your extra limb back, though. :)
Oct. 16th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
Ahhh... you know *just* how I feel! Yes, I *really* felt like I was missing a limb! Thank the Gods it's back!

Oh... would you be interested in an Angeal pr0n pic? ;)
Oct. 18th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
Need you really ask? :)
Oct. 18th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)

Weeell... No. Not really. ^^

Coming up!
Oct. 18th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Oh ouch! But good on you for doing backups! So many people just don't even bother. >_<;
Oct. 18th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
After having lost data in crashes before, I do triple backups these days... Still... not having a computer is like losing an arm and a leg... >.>
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