So, here I am at the public library using the internet like some kind of homeless man.
It all started when I plugged in my scanner, thinking it might be a hoot to put a picture or two on Facebook. The only reason my scanner hadn’t been plugged in was that, from where it was sitting on my desk, the cord was too short to reach my computer tower. But I moved it onto the floor, plugged it in, and fired up the scanning software, only to have it crash on startup. I uninstalled and reinstalled the scanning software, and was asked to reboot my computer. That was the last time my computer worked. When I restarted, I got all the normal screens as Windows XP loaded, but instead of getting the password screen, I just got a black screen with a perfectly functional mouse pointer, but nothing to click. I restarted in safe mode, and got the same thing (only safer). With no apparent way to exit, I had to flick the switch off at the power supply, which is where the trouble really started.
You may recall me mentioning a recent lightning strike that resulted in my computer refusing to start up, instead whirring and making sick tocking noises like a motor that wouldn’t turn over. The cure that time was to press Delete and reset the clock speed in BIOS, after which everything was fine. This happened again, and I was able to fix it once. (But of course, I then still had the original scanner-caused problem with the black screen.) Now, no amount of Delete-pressing will get me into BIOS. I tried to reset CMOS by popping out the battery, moving the jumper onto the appropriate pins, and then replacing the battery. No go. I tried the same thing, but with a different battery liberated from my housemate’s computer. Negative. I tried disconnecting the hard drives. Nope. I took the RAM out and replaced it. Uh-uh.
Nothing’s worked so far, and I don’t know what the problem is — or, rather, what the problems are. Even if I fix one problem, it seems like I’m still going to have the first one. Any ideas? Anybody out there know anything about computers, besides their function in making cheap dick jokes on the internet? I’m getting close to breaking down and buying a new computer, but, for budgetary reasons, I’d like to avoid that. So, apologies for this interruption in your regularly scheduled blogging services. If you’d like to see me up and running again as much as I would, your advice — or donation of equipment, should you feel moved to such magnanimous gestures — would be gratefully appreciated.
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