Death of a Computer

Friday morning I hopped on the net and began searching for a Garmin and key fob homing device for my dyslexic son’s, impending sixteenth birthday.  You know, so he can find his way back home after driving up town to get some milk? 

I walked away from my computer for the briefest of times (about 35 minutes) and when I returned, my computer screen had a Death!  Corruption!  End of Life as We Know It! message. 

Love when that happens.  All my blogging.  All my writing.  My emails, my work and my keep-for-seven-years-under-punishment-of-death files are gone.  Along with the heart and brains of my computer.

All I have left is a black screen with my Death Message.

Insert CD and restart your computer from the set up menu.

DUH, my computer doesn’t have a CD rom.  You would think a computer would know this about itself. 

And my dinosaur computer can’t be moved because I fear disrupting the delicate winding of the cord around the base so it can have power.  Nor can it be moved to actually function on any time remotely like the kind that real humans must operate on.  Some days it doesn’t boot up at all.  Other times I takes an entire day just to pull up the internet.  Typing can drain the patience of a saint, as only some letters show up sometimes. 

So, I will keep posting as often as my dinosaur allows until I either replace my new-old computer or get to the bottom of the death message.

Til then, hugs and may your muse be with you!

16 responses to “Death of a Computer

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  2. I feel your pain. Back up , back up , back up. Never ever trust a computer.

    Blessings on you and yours
    John Wilder

  3. Yikes – that stinks!

    I had a blank black screen one day a while back and had to send my laptop away for weeks. Thankfully I didn’t lose any data. Now I use Mozy and an external drive 🙂

  4. What a bummer! I hope you get things straightened out soon. 😦

  5. How awful, Cat. I’ll keep my fingers crossed your files can be retrieved by one of those geeky computer guys. I’ve been thinking of signing on to one of those outfits like Mozy, just to protect me on the days I don’t get around to backing up on a flash drive.

    • I’ve puttered with the idea of them. Thankfully most of my stuff has been emailed back and forth to myself. However, without a competent computer to check emails on…

  6. AAAACK! I can hear the screams from here. So sorry. 😦 Anyway to run a backup?

  7. “DUH, my computer doesn’t have a CD rom. You would think a computer would know this about itself.”
    Haha those computers can be pretty dumb! 🙂 technology and I- we’re really not that close, we just keep in touch so I wouldn’t have to live in the dark ages. Even that much is too much sometimes… Especially when it decides to crash down and erase all my hard work. Lovely!

    • Lua,

      I am a self proclaimed technotard. I prefer a good book–which never crashes or gets corrupted–but they take so danged long to publish that if we all had to wait to communicate that way we’d be dead before we got through a conversation!

  8. I agree with Jemi in that Mozy is awesome. You can backup all your writing for free!

    I feel your computer pain. I’ve had a few crater on me. I’m getting smarter about it though. Okay, my husband is. At the first scary hard drive noise in my last laptop he was ordering me a new one! He’s the best!

    Good luck with your dinosaur. I hope it gets you through.

    • Jean,

      It saw me through a few times. Then refused to let me prowl the internet. I’m so glad my baby is back. In a modified kind of way.

      Lucky you with the DH. Keep him close, as he sounds like a gem!

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