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Friday, June 18, 2004

Mother of All Boards

So two days ago my computer quit on me. I was happily typing a sentence when *blork!* and the screen shut off. The computer wouldn't come back on. I called tech support.

This was the problem."I want you to unplug the adaptor from both the wall and the computer."
"Now plug it back into the wall."
"Is the little bright green light on?"
"Now plug it into the computer. Is the light still on?"
"'s's out."
"Then your motherboard is out."

That was the bad news. The good news is my service warranty is still good. I'd already soaked them for a new battery when mine died and a new adaptor when I twisted mine so hard that the cord busted. But that didn't stop them from sending a tech support guy with a new motherboard, though he was kind of amazed at where I live, finding it too far from downtown to really be reasonable. But he came anyway, industriously tearing the laptop apart with his ratchet screwdriver and popping in the new motherboard. I offered him a glass of water but he declined, so I just went to sit on the couch and read the paper until he was done.

That man is now my new best friend. I would buy him a beer, but he was dressed as if he could have been Muslim and thus probably wouldn't have accepted it.

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