As savvy computer users, we all know that it isn't a question of "if" your computer will fail, it's a question of "when". All computers will fail at some point in time, whether it be six months or five years. But there's never really a convenient time, is there? Two nights ago my keyboard was behaving as though it had a stuck key, and the computer kept beeping at me, but after a little while it fixed itself. I haven't backed up my files for a while, so do you think I took that as a hint? No!
Last night, the keyboard and computer continued their misbehaviour, so my people (I have people) switched out the keyboard, rebooted the computer, and it refused to boot. After reseating a few connections and a thorough cleaning, the computer rebooted and things were fine the rest of the evening. So do you think I took that as a hint? No!
This morning, she refused to boot up at all. My people spent all day messing with it, determined that the motherboard had bellied up, replaced it with a spare we had on hand, and now she works like a champ. Not only did I not lose any of my files or an EQ6 activation, which I was worried about, but we didn't even have to reload Windows. My people are good, and I'm so lucky to have them! Do you think I'm taking the hint NOW? Yes!
Oh, and the original keyboard still works too, so it's been reinstalled. My old keyboard is now 16 years old.
Tomorrow I"ll be backing up my files...and answering emails!