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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Computer crisis

Marc and I are a good team in a lot of ways, and one thing we have in common is our financial goals, including being frugal and not spending money frivolously. However, sometimes we aren't completely on the same page. So although I've told him for the last couple of months that we can afford a new computer and that he should get one, he insisted that he was getting on fine and would be able to wait until the holidays.

But on Sunday evening, his monitor greeted us with the BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH. His computer hasn't turned on fully since, so he's pretty sure something burned out inside.

Unfortunately, we're not very savvy when it comes to hardware, and we don't have any computer savvy friends we can call upon to take a look inside. He's going to take it somewhere to get looked at, but he didn't waste any time ordering himself a new computer either. (Assuming the old computer is easy and cheap to fix, we'll be taking it over to his parents' house. Fortunately, Marc is good about backing things up, so we didn't lose anything of importance.)

We're not huge fans of Dell to begin with, and I had really wanted to avoid Dell after reading about PaidTwice's monitor nightmare. But there just wasn't a compelling alternative. So we ordered a Dell, which should arrive in about 10 days.

In the meantime, I'm sharing my computer with Marc so I'm spending a lot less time on it. Which is good, in a way. But it does mean that I'll be slow to respond to emails and comments, so I apologize in advance and thank you for your patience and understanding.

And stay tuned. The I Spy a Pumpkin giveaway ended tonight, but I've got another giveaway planned already.

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  • At 10/21/08, 8:27 PM, Blogger paidtwice said…

    ah, Dell. It really is convenient. ;)

    We haven't had computer problems with them yet, just monitor ones. Hopefully you do not :)

  • At 10/22/08, 4:25 AM, Anonymous Barbara said…

    I've used a Dell laptop for 2 years with no problems. Love it!

  • At 10/22/08, 4:58 AM, Blogger ktoth04 said…

    One thing you can do yourself before you take it somewhere, is take the cover off the case, and remove all the dust, hair, etc. Especially check the fan (it will be obvious to find, it looks like a fan), if the fan gets clogged up and can't spin, your PC won't start!


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