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My computer died Sunday morning.
Well, most of the computer is probably still fine. Certainly the keyboard and mouse and monitor and speakers and external hard drive are working as well as ever. And I suspect the internal hard drive is fine, too.
But the eensy-weensy bits of video hardware/software embedded in the CPU chip are toast. Which means that I cannot use the computer.
Smokey did some research online for me and found that, while not common, this failure is not unheard-of. It is fixable but not cheaply nor easily. All the easy troubleshooting — swapping out cables, rebooting, trying a different monitor — has already been done by others, and we know it didn’t work.
I bought this Mac Mini used about a year ago. Now I know that I should have bit the bullet and laid out a few hundred more dollars and gotten a new one. Which I will probably do later this week.
In the meantime I am reliant ton Smokey’s El Cheapo desktop running Windows 7.0 and my iPad and phone, so I am not completely cut off from the interwebs,. but I am cut off from a fair bit of my data. The upside is that all this happened AFTER the election (12 days previously) and AFTER I got our taxes done and efiled (Friday night) and made all the signs and other printed material for the grand opening of our county party’s campaign office and headquaters (Saturday). Actually, I have a lot of my data in Dropbox.
All this is to say that I may or may not be posting this week. And if any of you have a few hundred spare dollars lying around, send them my way 😉