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Computer Story

Ok, here's what happened with my computer.

You all may remember that I started having problems with my computer in late June/early July. I put the machine in the shop, the techs kept it a few days, but all they did was re-install the operating system because they weren't exactly sure what the problem was.

Well a couple of weeks after I got it back, I started experiencing the same problems again. I would be doing something on the computer, and all of a sudden, it would suddenly re-boot itself. I would notice during the boot up process that the machine was NOT recognizing all of the memory that was installed in it.

At about 5:30 p.m. on July 31st, the computer re-booted itself, and THIS time did not recover. It would never fully re-boot. It would just get stuck, and I couldn't do ANYTHING with it.

Back in the shop it went.

It turns out that the machine was hit by lightning. The strike happened back at the end of June. I was on the computer during a storm, and we had a lightning strike and a power surge. At the time, I simply re-started the machine and continued to work. (Yes, I know that was stupid.)

A few days later, I started noticing problems and well, you've read the rest.

My motherboard in my old machine got fried when the lightening hit. The tech was afraid to use any of the old components in the new machine, so I basically have a brand-new machine now. Even the case is new.

By "new" I don't mean with all new 2003 technology, at least not in SOME components. They basically replaced my 1.5 Gigahertz processor with a 1.8 Gigahertz. The fastest processor that is currently on the market hovers at slightly over 3.0 gigahertz.

My CD drives are a bit faster. I went from a 16X speed to a 52X speed on both of those.

The rest of the components are basically the same type as those that were in the old machine.

Luckily, I didn't have to get a new monitor, keyboard, mouse, or printer. I am using those that were in the old machine and they all work fine.

I have also since invested in a UPS(Un-interruptable Power Supply). This is basically a surge protector with a backup battery. If you happen to be on the computer and get hit by a power surge, the backup battery will kick on and give you a certain amount of time (You can buy them with batteries that range from 10-40 minutes or so.)to save your work and shut down properly.

Most UPS's also come with a type of warranty. Once you mail in the paperwork, if you get hit by a power surge, the UPS manufacturer will pay for repairing/replacing your machine.

If you don't have one. GET ONE. I paid about $40 - $50 for mine. It is VERY MUCH worth the price for the protection.

So, now you know where I've been. I'm still loading software onto the new machine and getting things set up.

Hopefully I'll be done with everything in a few days, and I can start posting, e-mailing, chatting, etc. on a regular basis again.

I love all of you.


Aug. 22nd, 2003 03:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks sweetie.

I missed everybody SO MUCH!!!

I was going through computer withdrawals.