Back in April, shortly after I had canceled all of my credit cards, my laptop fried.
Now, this isn’t your run of the mill blue light special laptop that would be of no concern to replace.
No, this was a fully loaded Dell XPS 15, with an upgraded 500gb msata hard drive, that I bought for over $2000 just about a year prior.
I had just gotten off work, I headed upstairs and placed my laptop on the kitchen table.
I fed the kids, and went to go play a little bit of my latest gaming crave, slither.io. I liked the game because it was fun to just munch away, cut people off, and occasionally get too greedy and get yourself killed.
Well, my son came up to me and sat on my lap as I played.
Not too bad.
But then he noticed the glowing power button.
And, decided to press it.
Before I knew what was going on, my computer just turned off.
Very upset that my son had put my computer into sleep mode, I put him down, told him that he wasn’t to do that without asking, and told him to go play with his sister.
I then pushed the button.
I pushed the button again.
My heart starts to beat faster and faster as I slowly start to realize that my computers not in sleep mode.
Ok, so what next.
A quick google search, and I’m attempting to solve for static electricity.
I pull the bottom off, unplug the battery, hold the power for the recommended time frame, and then plug everything back in.
Nope. Still not working.
More searching. More solutions. Nothing works.
What do I do?
I had just sworn off credit cards, but this is literally my livelihood. Sure it provides me with some entertainment, such as slither.io, some abandomware, and of course some World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo (ok, ok, so I like me some Blizzard games).
I could do without the entertainment things for awhile since I still have some other actual gaming consoles.
But this is what I program on.
Yes, I (thankfully) have my source code saved to some GIT repositories… But setting up a new environment, with all the ram, and the necessary tools is just a pain in the butt!!!
So I sat, and I thought.
And then in dawned on me that I could bring my computer in to be repaired.
People do it all the time.
Actually, I’ve usually done it for myself.
BUT… laptops are a fairly new territory for me.
Sure, I can replace the batteries, hard drives, and ram. But replace a motherboard? That starts to go down the path of “I’ll pay someone else to do this, and not worry about the headache”.
So I brought in my laptop to Micro Center, the place that I bought it from.
Did I mention that the store manager shook my hand and thanked me for shopping there when I bought it? Did I mention that I love this store? Well, maybe that will be a story for another day 🙂
Anyway, I chat with the clerks who take it off my hands. But first, I made sure they could do everything they needed without my hard drives, as they did still have some data on there that I needed for work.
2 weeks later, they diagnosed it with either the motherboard, or the power terminal but recommended it be shipped off to a facility.
2 weeks later, they called back and mentioned that the fix will be a little over $500, but it is guaranteed to fix it.
$500 for a fixed laptop, or $2000 for a new one. Well, I can scrape together the $500, but $2000 will be much harder to do when you’re dealing with cold hard cash.
Sign me up.
A week later they had it back in my hands.
I reinstalled my drives, and only had to deal with a “This system wasn’t shut down properly, and we’re going to do a scan”.
The moral of the story is that without credit, you have to think of different ways of solving a problem that you would otherwise swipe some plastic at.
It’s why I have 4, count them, 4 unused laptops just chilling in my basement, as well as a handful of desktop PCs.
I am now in the process of getting rid of them, thanks to this wonderful uncluttering book by KonMari I read just a few weeks ago (a story for another day).
So if you find yourself in a predicament of “something expensive broke, what do I do now?”, I suggest sitting down to think of a solution. You don’t HAVE to replace the AC or the dishwasher. Those are nice luxuries in life. Fans work, and so does a sponge with soap.
As for me and my house, we will not be slaves to the lender. Ever. Again.