You know what’s fun? Losing the first 17,000 words of a novel you’re working on and almost all your children’s baby pictures. My old desktop computer died today.
So I did what any rational eating-clean person would do. I broke down and ate a fun size Kit-Kat bar and a baby Tootsie Roll. It’s called willpower. I am the queen.
I did not have a diet soda, though. If you read this post, you’ll see what an accomplishment that is.
The good news is there are tons of people out there who are way more computer savvy than I am. After a few searches, I found out the horrible alarm going off when I tried to start my computer wasn’t just its death call–it was trying to communicate with me! That was lame. Sorry.
Anyway, the five alarms on startup and the black screen meant the cmos battery needed reset or replaced. It took lots of searches to figure out what in the world a cmos battery is, but we got it! It’s like a watch battery in your computer, and apparently it’s more important than it looks. We opened the computer up (terrifying), popped out the battery, waited about fifteen minutes, and then we put it all back together and plugged it in.
It worked! Oh, it worked! I can’t even tell you the joy.
So now I’ve done my version of open heart surgery on a computer. I feel pretty good about that, even if all you high tech people out there are laughing at me right now.
Oh, and yes, I know I should have my pictures backed up. I have been talking about getting it done for years (once again, please refer to the title of my blog).