Kind of a prophetic theme for The Challenge this week… Windows.
I’ve been having a lot of trouble with my computer for the past month or so. In its old age it had been getting harder and harder to turn it on and then last week it just wouldn’t do anything more than make an “urr-URR-uur… tink” sound. One of my superpowers is knowing when women have had enough of my company, so I applied this knowledge to the fine art of computer troubleshooting.
Not being able to turn it on could only be one of four things… the power bar (which had been shutting down individual outlets over the past few months, so I had already replaced it), the motherboard (which I was kind of hoping it was fried so I’d be able to justify getting a new ‘puter), the power supply (the cheapest thing to replace after the power bar and the most likely cause of the problem), or that my PC had met a handsomer, richer, better-dressed, more ambitious guy who knows how to dance (remember, I’m applying my knowledge of women to computer troubleshooting). I was pretty sure it was the second-to-last problem because the computer failed before in a similar fashion due to a gammy power supply.
My brother, who has papers on his wall certifying his status as an electronics nerd, was unable to find the time to return my calls before I could stand it no longer… I decided to take the dinosaur by the horns and do it myself.
I headed down to Future Shop and parked at the rear. Coming in through the front mall entrance is treacherous… I’d have to walk past the iPod and the DVD sections (where I might get caught up in spasm of “browser’s loop” where I see a movie I like, which reminds me that the star was in another film that I really like, I look for that, and then that leads me to look for something else that I’d really, really like to look at and possibly buy). Then I’d have decide to run through the in-home theatre gauntlet or sidestep through their camera counter. Both are fraught with perils — I don’t have a large flat-panel TV so that’s always a temptation. Their camera section doesn’t offer much hardware that I’d like to acquire, but there are always shoppers making utterances to their companions like “the more pixels the better” or “You already have a camera on your cellphone so you don’t need a new camera to do the family portrait at the big reunion next month”. My tongue is very slimy so I have a hard time holding it.
So entering through the parking lot entrance my first stop would be the service department just to ask a few stupid questions and to see if they had a special where they’d waive the price of installing the power supply. After finishing there ($60 to install the thing!), I went to search for the power supply and wondered if we had any burn creme at home.
The bastards had changed things around since the last time I wandered through their computer section so I had to blinker myself as a zigzagged through the aisles of stuff out of my reach until my lotto numbers pay off. I did take a look at the printers and when approached by the salesman, I asked if they sold eight-colour large format printers. Thankfully, they do not so I picked out a model of what I came to find and headed home.
Not really knowing what I was doing, I came up with a plan… I’d pull out the transformer box of the old unit while leaving all the wires attached, secure the new transformer in place, and then unplug the old wire from a device and immediately connect a new wire to it so there would be no way for me to screw things up. Sounds good, right?
So I removed the cover panels, noting the “Union made in Bedrock by the Fred Flintstone & Barney Rubble Computer Company” sticker inside. I told you this is an old computer!
I went about my plan with no smoke, fire, or insurance claims. Where did you think this post was going? Did you have so little faith in my problem-solving skills that you thought I was going to mess things up?
So anyways, my computer is now working, allowing me to finally get this post up and allowing my ‘puter to run Windows again. See the connection?
Hope you enjoyed my gallery of “windows” photos… see you next week!