Growing Pains…When Your Laptop Goes Kaput!

For the past few months my laptop was getting crazier and crazier. I noticed it slowing down more and more. I felt like I was behind a 90 year-old lady at the grocery store some days. Other days, I felt my dead relatives were trying to contact me through the screen.

One day in September I had a wonderful message that scared me so bad I pulled the battery out and left all devices alone for the day. As a matter of fact, the last straw was my television was playing Pandora while my cable TV was showing on the screen. I’m sure it was a coincidence but I couldn’t take the craziness of it all.  creepy comp picA few days later I received another message from my laptop friends:this might take several minutes






I called my brother and he had no issues with telling me that Windows updates their systems sometimes and it’s no big deal. Well, that’s good to know…now. After I practically wet myself the first day of the  “HI/ Pandora” fiasco. I still had the old lady computer from the 80’s. The only difference is there was no screeching or pinging noise as the internet tried to connect.

I bet my brother’s old computer took less time back in 1980- something. I have no idea, I never had much interest. Maybe this is why my brothers are in the tech business and I think I’m being chased by ghosts. My vivid imagination helps with my fiction, I can’t deny that.

Weeks later, my laptop decides it doesn’t want to go (Google, e-mail, Facebook, etc.) where I want to. It has it’s own mind. I feel like I’m in a sci-fi novel. I am the first one that will be killed. Okay, a sci-fi short story.

The damn thing doesn’t feel like shutting down properly either. I have a simple solution to this, I pull the battery out. I find out this is not good for my computer (well too bad people, I am just about done anyway).

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I decide the internet will have to be on hold for a few days. I can’t take the madness. I live alone in an attic apartment so the creeks and noises are scary enough at times. I don’t need to run out of my house screaming like a lunatic. I have enough of those on my street.

I am writing a Word document and it continues to tell me it’s not responding, the format keeps changing, and all this other crazy stuff is happening. I am not sure if I tried to fix it and ruined it or if the laptop demons were playing with my head again but I gave up.

Two days later, I attempted to use the internet AGAIN. I could not get on Google. Now I know my laptop was laughing at me. I called my younger brother. He did his best to help me. He even told me something I didn’t know about my laptop. Oh well, thanks for the tip, Corey. He’s very helpful and I don’t know how he puts up with me…oh I know. He lives ten hours away!

I felt as if it helped for a second but that was it, one second. As soon as we hung up I was done. He lives too far away to really help me. I posted on Facebook that I was about to throw the thing out of my attic window.

Considering my imagination and the situation, I had second thoughts. I visualized it bouncing back into my house and attacking me with viruses and HI messages all night. Not to mention, I felt a broken laptop is better than no laptop at all.

I received a message from a friend that saved the day! My neighbor told me not to toss it. She said her husband loves to play with tech stuff and would be happy to look at my laptop for me.

Since they are within walking distance and not ten hours away, it makes more sense. It is fixed and I can even type without issues. I don’t know how these IT people do it but WOW! I’m crazy impressed and grateful. Thank you so much for helping me out.

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No more computer ghosts and my author life feels back on track. I am writing this with two different Google tabs open for no reason but no bugs have attacked me so far and it feels good.

I haven’t posted on here in a while, even though I was under the impression I scheduled blogs. I think my laptop sabotaged a few of my previously scheduled tasks. I did things by the book and in the past it worked. Then it didn’t work. I shall see if the blame I place on my computer is properly placed or if I dropped the ball and don’t want to blame my goofiness.

Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet. - Robert H. Schuller

Good luck newbies, I’m sure you will all be better with your updates and more aware of your laptop issues than me. I hope you enjoyed my story. Stay fabulous.

Robyn Branick


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