Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cheapo Computer Repair


Wouldn't ya know it! Just after my warranty expired on my laptop, the darn thing tears up? I blogged one night, and it worked fine. I woke up the next morning, and all of the keys were confused.

alk;sdjf;alsjfjd;flkm[o3irukmvz,xc ;ioawur[ = Hi! So glad you stopped by to see me!

At first I thought it was a virus, so when I got to work I downloaded the newest version of Avast, and still no dice.

I knew there was only one other option -- the keyboard itself was bad. NOT GOOD. I did not have computer repair in my budget. So, after a little thought, I realized that if it actually was the keyboard, then if I got one and plugged it into the USB port, and it worked then I would have to bite the bullet and get it repaired. Dearest hubby went to Tarjay and picked up a keyboard for about $15, and we plugged it in. It worked -- YAY!

After using it for a couple of days, I realized that if it works, don't fix it. As in, the keyboard on top of the laptop works fine, so don't take it to the shop. It's been over a month, and it still works fine. Another plus: I can leave the laptop on the coffee table and just put the lighter, easier to handle keyboard in my lap and write away to my heart's content.

Computer Solution: $15. This soooooo worked for me!

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19 comments:

Kelly said...

Looks like a good fix to me.

Carey said...

Heck works for me. What is it with technology lately? Your keyboard, not one - but two of my TV's and the power supply on my desktop compy. Boo.

Girl Stuff said...

Spend your saved money elsewhere. That's what I say. My laptop has seen better days as well. We're hanging on by our fingernails.

Pink Preppy Party Girl said...

Problem solved!

comeherelittlebug said...

I swear sometimes they can insert expiration dates on computers. Glad it hasn't effected you blogging. I like to stopping by to see whats going on from time to time. Nice lil place you have here.

Sarahlcc said...

Amen to the cheap fix! I'll keep this one in mind in case mine goes wonkers! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Ms. Cupcake said...

Dropping by from sits. Great blog! Glad all worked out!

blueviolet said...

It's so nice when the solution can be had that easily and that cheaply! I'm happy for you!

Beth's Blog said...

Sounds good to me!:)

Mommy In Pink said...

Don't computer problems always start when the warranty end? Story of my life...I have 3 laptops and they have all gone bad after warranty!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

What a great solution! Thank God for Target! :)
Carrie

Carrie said...

What a wonderful fix, I would have never thought of it. My friend is a having a similar problem, I am going to share this with her.
Carrie

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

How nice that all is well for your computer! They can really get frustrating.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Thats good to know! We have to have our computers, don't we! Can't let a little broken piece stop our good fun...
I finally added you to my sidebar :)

The Shabby Princess said...

I've done that before! In college a mug fell onto my open laptop and busted the keys all to bits (it is still a mystery how exactly a mug toppled off a shelf like that...), I was of course a serious student and could not be without technology. So, a trip to Best Buy later, my computer looked a little sad with the broken keys, but, by golly, that new keyboard sure was snappy. Glad you were able to fix your problem too!

tidymom said...

Don't you just love it when you think of an easy chep fix AND it works!!!

~Tidymom

The Blonde Duck said...

Hooray! Broken computers make me fussy.

Sit A Spell said...

So, this issue was actually a blessing! Laptops are heavy. Glad you could sit a spell in my snowy front yard!

Fifi Flowers said...

Whatever works so you don't miss out on blogging!