At Death's Door

Last Update: April 07, 2015

It was a normal Thursday morning. I turned my computer on and wrote a blog and checked some emails. About mid-morning I took a break to run some errands and take a ride on my horse

A nice day, an enjoyable ride out in the fresh air, and my mind is free and ready to tackle and finish the next blog.

All was fine until I turned my computer back on. It came on okay, but the screen suddenly went blue, the icons flashed on and off and kept doing that every few seconds. I tried to click, but it was all flashing so fast nothing worked.

I was calm and didn't panic. I shut the machine off, unplugged it and waited a few minutes.. Then turned it back on again. Same scenario.

I turned everything off again and waited longer. Nothing. I felt the panic start to well up inside.

I was going to my daughters for the weekend. I knew my son-in-law to be good with computers. So I packed up the next day and took my poor sick little computer with me.

His advice was to have a professional look at it. The pro kept it for a week.

I picked it up this morning. My poor dying computer is all bright and shiny, clean and sharp, and completely well. It was fine and I didn't lose anything.

He explained the virus that hit came on when a update couldn't finish and downloads all happened at once or something along that line.

I wonder what other WA'ers do when your computer goes down? I wonder if I should have an extra computer in the closet for such times as this?

Hope everyone is having a great day and evening. I am. I'm getting caught up and enjoying being able to be here in WA. It was lonely out there. My phone is just not big enough to read everything and reply.

Judy :)

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ShirleyWoon Premium
Always good to have a laptop as a spare that you can take around with you.
Recently had issues with the internet and my PC, and it just so happened my son recently got a laptop, and we went online together and managed to sort out the situation.

Now he helps me when I need advice (yes, it's the other way of his upbringing). We exchange information like we're not in the same room. How's that?
Blessings...
Shirley
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Judy-B Premium
Thanks for your comment. Yes, I'm thinking from reading others here that it's a good idea to have a spare. :)
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nathaniell Premium Plus
If your computer is more than a few years old, it's probably time for a new one. Macs are great. I switched this year and love it :)
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Judy-B Premium
I'm wondering. Mine is only a little over a year old. But may be a good idea to switch to Mac. Thanks for your comment, Nathaniell.
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nathaniell Premium Plus
Just a year? It's possible to break down that fast (mine took 18 months), but it's not common. It sounds like you have just downloaded and installed a lot of stuff you probably shouldn't have and it can be cleaned up. I'm just guessing though!
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Judy-B Premium
Yes, I think I probably did. It's all cleaned up now and hope it stays that way. I'm almost afraid to use it, afraid I'll mess it up. Though the guy who fixed it for me said it wasn't anything I did or didn't do. So who knows. lol :)
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nathaniell Premium Plus
At least you're back in action!
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Wedge910 Premium
Thanks for the heads up.
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redford Premium
I'm on my 3rd. Mac in about 12 years, the all still work. I never had a virus. If you have a problem, you make an appointment with a genius at an Apple store and they fix it while your there. You're only charged if it requires parts. Once you own a Mac, you'll never go back!
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Judy-B Premium
hmm, I never had a Mac. May look into it sometime. Thanks for the reply. :)
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TravelHacker Premium
Seems like I may have been suffering with a faulty Mac for the 3 years since I bought mine.

It's never been amazing as people claim it should be, very slow at times and gave me a fair amount of issues.

I've never gotten a chance to send it in to be fixed because they want to take it away for 2 weeks. Whatever will I do without it!?

I think it might be time though... (before my 3 year warranty expires ;)
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NemiraB Premium
Yes, Mac is best:) mine will be 8 years and runs as Arabian horse.
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Judy-B Premium
Oh my, two weeks! I was without mine for just over a week and was having withdrawals. Trying to read emails on my phone was a pain and replying, well, I didn't even try. Too tedious. Thanks for the reply. Others here are saying Macs are great sorry you are having issues.
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Judy-B Premium
ohh, I like the analogy, horse person that I am lol :)
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NemiraB Premium
Sorry to hear what.
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CCunningham Premium
I would turn the computer off. Wait, then as soon as you turn it on start hitting F8. This takes you into SAFE MODE.It looks a little different, but will let you operate your computer.When you get to the mail screen, run your antivirus while you are in safe mode. When antivirus has completed and removed the virus, log out. Do not just turn the computer off.

If this does not take care of the problem you can turn the computer off. Turn it back on and hit F8 again to go into safe mode. While in safe mode, you can do a systems restore. This should take out the antivirus.Then run antivirus again.
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Judy-B Premium
If this ever happens again I will try this. Thanks for the reply. :)
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