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A technological victory!

About three or four weeks ago, I noticed that my computer was having difficulty closing properly, and over the next few weeks, it got worse and worse.  Since I've been back in school, I actually carry my laptop not just between the dining room (where my desk is) to the TV room (where the couch is), but to school and work.  So this "not being able to close" thing was becoming a problem.

As far as I could tell, there was something wrong with just the case, not the screen itself.

So I started hunting online, and I figured out what parts I needed on ebay. They were not ridiculously expensive, and definitely were better than getting a new laptop.

They got here last week, and I was still not sure what I was going to do.  Take them to microcenter and have the tech people there repair my laptop?  Call one of my more tech enabled friends to help me?

Nope! I found a step by step instructional video, and armed with my ipad and a screwdriver, I took apart my computer and put it back together again. Working laptop for about $50!

Not really a big deal for a lot of people, I know, but I was pretty terrified throughout the process.  I screwed up one connection on my first try, but I was able to hunt it down and fix it, and now I know what to do if that ever happens again.

In related news, I took a quilting class a little over a week ago, and it turns out a) I don't suck and b) I actually liked it.  I'm starting a project next week!  The not sucking part was a surprise, but so was the liking it.  I was a little worried that the many, many (many!) steps involved would be too labor intensive for me.  But I think it's something that I could easily get into.

In semi-related news, I have four more classes before school is over, and so far, it looks like I'm doing ok!  I don't know why I was so convinced that I wasn't going to finish.  I do, actually. It's because I haven't finished so many times before that I sort of have it in the back of my mind that I won't fisnish now. 


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Apr. 1st, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
Nicely done! Working on laptops can be hard as the parts are watch-small and the tolerances are close. Good work on getting it fixed....

Apr. 1st, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
Yes! I needed tweezers at various points to be able to get screws into their proper places because my fingers were just too big. But I did it!
Apr. 2nd, 2013 12:09 am (UTC)
congratulations on all the sucesses!!
Apr. 2nd, 2013 12:52 am (UTC)
Yay for quilting!! Can't wait to see what you come up with. And I'm not at all surprised that you don't suck at it. You did beautiful work for your wedding. :-)
Apr. 2nd, 2013 02:07 am (UTC)
Woo hoo, go you! \o/
Apr. 2nd, 2013 06:12 am (UTC)
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