June 6th, 2021


There is a seemingly endless list of things that need to be done around the house. I am posting this while waiting for the first load of laundry to finish up in the washer so that I can put the second load in.

Then I need to go upstairs and start posting Cubs tickets for sale, now that my season tickets are available again, or I am going to be eating a lot of virtual pasteboard.

Clearing the Queue

There are things that I mean to talk about that end up getting missed in the general shuffle. Let's catch up on one of those today.

We have had some bad luck with laptops in the past few years for a variety of reasons. Gretchen's Acer went sour due to a bad screen that I tried to fix without success. Her Dell went back to the factory for warranty repair. When it came back, it ran for a while, but then a youthful spill on the keyboard necessitated a keyboard replacement (successful) and turned out to have also caused a failure of the battery charging circuit which was prohibitively expensive and complex to fix (see dead Acer above), so it has been relegated to fixed location duty.

K has been complaining about the lack of a laptop, so I figured that I would find and resuscitate my Acer laptop that I had loaned to her at one point. Except that I couldn't find it. This was annoying, because she had complained about it "not working right", but if I can't find it, I can't even diagnose it.

She came in to ask about a laptop again and I mentioned trying to find the Acer. She told me it was too heavy (which I find remarkable, because it is light, in my opinion), but that she had put it in a drawer in her room. Well, that explained why I couldn't find it. I took it back from her and eventually found time to start to work on it.

"No bootable media." Oh, good. Dead hard drive. At least there wasn't anything on the laptop that I cared about. I had taken a look at things while troubleshooting, so I ordered a 1 TB SATA SSD drive to replace the old one with. It arrived and I went to work on it while watching "America's Funniest Home Videos" as suitable background noise for computer repair.

The new drive popped in easily. I had already made a USB install stick for Windows 10 from my office desktop, so I plugged it in, booted up, and ran the install. Everything went smoothly. And more quickly, with an SSD drive.

So the laptop is working again. I suppose I can offer it to K.

But it's *so* heavy. :) (4.6 pounds, according to the specs.)