Wednesday, 30 March 2011

DOING JACK SH*T

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I've gotta be honest, I'm starting to get a bit worried. I have an Acer Aspire 5920 laptop and I think it's starting to give up the ghost. The battery is practically dead already, so I have kept it permanently plugged into the mains for the best part of a year, otherwise it goes flat completely. I simply haven't been able to afford a new battery, even when I was working, but it didn't seem too much of a problem at the time.

But recently a blue light has been flickering on and off near the DC jack input, meaning that the power keeps dropping out. Naturally, I assumed it was a cable problem. Being a junk-collecting sort of chap, I rustled through the boxes of old tat upstairs and found a spare power adaptor, but the same problem kept occurring whenever I plugged it in. So, Dr. Watson, I have thusly diagnosed the hardware problem being a faulty DC jack. This, my friends, is a pain in the arse.

I have since cellotaped up the wire to the base of the laptop to keep the damn thing working, holding it firmly in place so the power doesn't keep dropping out, but how long it'll last I don't know. If the DC jack stops registering the presence of an electricity cable, chances are my laptop will die completely, and that's not exactly ideal for a wannabe technophile like me. In conclusion then, this faulty DC jack appears to be the first sign of my laptop's potentially imminent demise.

Obviously, I'm aware that such a problem can be fixed. But it looks like it'd cost somewhere in the region of £75-£100 to get it repaired, so all the while I'm unemployed it's not something I can even think about doing. I simply don't have the spondooliks at my disposal. My finances are so stretched that even a packet of Bachelors Super Noodles is a luxury, so I guess I'm just going to have to bleed as much electronic usage as I can out of this laptop until I'm earning some cash. This is primarily the reason why I haven't blogged in the past few days. Technical issues.

In any case, I've backed up all my data in the event of total disaster, but I just thought I'd write this so you're aware that if I vanish from the local blog scene altogether, then technological armageddon will probably be the reason. It's hardly a Fukushima-style nuclear catastrophe, sure, but it's still troubling nonetheless. It's greatly underestimated how important the internet truly is to me. Without it, I cannot blog, e-mail and, perhaps more crucially, I cannot search and apply for jobs very easily, so my fond hope is that my laptop stays alive for as long as it can. Here's hoping.

1 comment:

  1. Luke, I know this is sort of unheard of in Thanet but I have an aging Dell Latitude C840 that needs a new home, Its got issues, namely sound driver doesn't want to work properly, it has some level of screen burn although not enough to distract too much and also its set at 1600x1200 resolution. 2Ghz Pentium M, 512Mb Ram, 40Gb Hard drive and DCD/CD-RW ComboRunning XP Pro.

    Was planning on freegling it but you seem just as worthy a cause.

    If you are interested let me know and we can work out a way of getting it to you.

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