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I’m back but I’m not… July 4, 2011

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Random musings.

There’s nothing like coming home after a week-long vacation to find your office computer on the fritz. It won’t even boot. All I see is a red flickering checkerboard on the monitor. It appears to be a graphics card problem, but I may have to buy a new computer. Ugh! Thank goodness for Carbonite, since everything of importance is backed up. If any of you geniuses know what might be causing this problem please let me know. I will be calling a repair guy first thing tomorrow…



1. Angela - July 5, 2011

Yep, I know exactly what you mean! I took a few weeks off and came back to a computer that WILL boot (only just) but then runs so slowly and then resets itself. I have everything backed up, so no worries there. Although the behavior would suggest a memory issue, the computer memory seems fine, so I guess I need to get someone to look at it for me.

And now just this morning my landlord called me to warn me that the manufacturer of my fridge has admitted to installing a faulty part in certain batches (mine included) which causes fires. Great.

2. Fred - July 5, 2011

Hi Jill,
mmm, not the kind of thing we appreciate after a vacation 😐

have you tried to unplug the computer and screen (or switch off the power supply unit) wait a few minutes, then switch them on again?

Was there a thunderstorm maybe when you were gone?
Does the PC beep or not at all when starting? (if yes can you access the BIOS?).
Do you know if you have a discrete graphics card (pciE) or use the integrated graphics?
Hope your computer will be “saved”!
have a nice day

3. whiskerfeathers - July 12, 2011

The first commandment for computer owners is Back Up, Back Up, Back Up! I learned the hard way and boy oh boy was I sorry. The good part was that I didn’t really have any important files to loose just my time. I understand that Carbonite is good and affordable. Thanks for the reminder.


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