Phew! That was a close one! I didn't know if I was gonna have a comp today or not, but I woke up hopeful!
Before going to work this morning, I loaded up both laptops into my backpack and took them with me, planning to stop at the Geek Squad at the Best Buy close to my job after teaching my classes. One of the Geek Squad guys was able to straighten out the older laptop (at no charge!), which I'd just paid a local computer guy to clean up and install Windows XP on for me. For some reason, I couldn't get an internet connection after the first fix, but they figured it out today at Best Buy.
The only thing is that the reinstallation and upgrade wiped out all my old files, so this computer is completely bare....no programs, nothing - just the windows explorer web browser and basic OS files. Today has seen me installing anti virus and spyware programs, adobe flash, and all the usual stuff you need to get around and do all your webbie stuff. I will now download my photo and video programs so I can import my pics and vids as I need them. The great thing is, since there's nothing on it, the comp is damn fast! Nothing inside to slow it down - yet! ;)
I need my other one fixed soon, though, cuz that's the one that's all souped up with all my files, pics, favorite programs and games. I do everything on that comp, including building my websites with my Microsoft Frontpage. But I'm gonna get both of them all tricked out so that it will never again be an issue! Yay!
Repair costs so far, $149.00. $60 for the local computer guy fixing the old comp, and $89 for letting the Geek Squad put some freshly bought RAM in the new one. After I saw him do it, I realized that I could have saved $40, and just put it in myself, but hey, you live and learn! I'm a blog whiz, not a computer genius! :D
That particular one still won't let Windows run, though, so he tells me that I need to let them run a full diagnostics and possibly wipe out my hard drive so they can reinstall everything back on it to the tune of $200. (gotta back up everything that's on the drive, which is included). I just looked at the guy. I don't know if I'm going for door number 1 just yet - a good friend of mine just gave me the phone # of a computer guy that can come over here and do it for less than half of that. I'll decide by tomorrow which way I'll go.
Well, anyway, it's great to be back blogging after this craziness! Now, while downloading some more stuff, I'm gonna relax and play me a few good games of Scrabble!
See you all soon with my next post, and thanks to all of you that sent your support!