This morning I got a call that my laptop was ready! Yay!
I immediately drove to the computer repair shop and pick it up. The guy who repaired it said, “Did you spill coffee in your computer or something?” He noticed that the disk drive kind of stuck when he tried to open it. I told him that, uh, one of my cats probably did during one of the times when they knocked over my coffee. I actually have a cat that likes to knock stuff over, but I didn’t tell him that. Then he said, “Uh, did you drop your computer?” He said that he noticed the laptop cover (or whatever you call it) was a little loose. I told him that, uh, yes, my dog has knocked it to the floor before. The pets have several times, actually, but I didn’t tell him that. I wondered if my excuses sounded a bit like “My dog ate my homework.” I do try to protect my computer, but the animals always find ways to mess things up.
My computer now runs beautifully–almost like it’s new! It’s kind of like the difference between driving on a bumpy road full of potholes and a brand new, very smooth, road. But I always kind of hate these re-installs because they change my computer a bit. A re-install is when they reinstall Windows 10. (I think.) I didn’t lose any of my data–my photos, documents, or even my bookmarks. However, I have a handy Chrome app called FVD Speed Dial that comes up every time I open a new tab. It lets me quickly find and click on my favorite sites. I can even group them so they are easy to find–like I put all my frequently used sites like FB together, and all my weather-related sites together, and so on. I lost all those and have to redo them. Oh, well.
I have to reinstall programs like my printer and my camera. I’m always afraid that I won’t be able to find the install disks for them or that I won’t be able to get them to work again. I found the printer disk and easily installed the program. It worked the first thing! I finally found an install disk for a camera, but I’m not sure it’s the correct one because I couldn’t get the camera to upload my photos via WIFI. I tried all evening until I finally emailed support, explained the situation, and asked if they could send me a new install disk and manual. If they can’t or won’t, I will have to upload my photos with a USB cable. That sucks because I’ve gotten rather spoiled with the WIFI capability.
Also, it’s a bit clunky having my photos on an external drive. However, I’m glad I have it because I won’t lose all my photos if my computer dies.
So there are advantages and disadvantages. I’m glad my computer runs so much better. I’m sure I’ll get used to the changes eventually. I always do.