Jun. 13th, 2005

ladyjaneinlace: (quince)
Or should I say, I drove in circles around the bomb squad until I could get to Mr. Notebook??

J recently decided that he was due for a new laptop soon, so I will get to keep his current Dell for myself. Since the little 'puter was showing a good bit of wear and tear, I packed it up this afternoon and took off for Mr. Notebook at 24th and Rio Grande to have the keypad and battery replaced and have it cleaned up.

I took my time getting to the Drag and wandering down to 24th, only to turn the corner and find the whole world cordoned off with police tape. There were police and fire vehicles everywhere, especially right next to the computer place. I'm thinking, wtf?? did we have a mass murder or something? No, of course not - I simply had decided to take the laptop to Mr. Notebook in the middle of a bomb scare. Once the bomb squad finished up and the police opened the street, I managed to be the first customer in the door of the shop, just behind the employees.

The techs didn't seem put off by the incident at all, and one cheerfully took the laptop from me and plopped it upside down onto the counter. He took out about 8 little screws, flipped it over, opened it up and started yanking it apart! Aack!! I've never taken a laptop apart myself, so I was a little startled when he yanked off the screen, then the keypad came off, and the rest of the inner cover came with it. We both peered into the guts of the thing, and he says, "umm, you have a cat, don't you?"

A cat. Who, me?

It seems there was quite a bit of kitty fuzz in there (he described it as 'half a cat'), to say nothing of dust, grit and who knows what else. At least I hadn't dumped a 32 ounce travel cup of coffee into it, as the gent standing next to me had done to his machine. The tech actually took it outside to blow the junk out of it. Back inside, he put the new keypad on, reassembled everything and cleaned the screen. Surprise, it came back to life! Now, the keys actually have letters on them again, and it has a new high capacity battery instead of one that died ages ago. It looks new. I only hope J doesn't decide that its in such good shape now that he'll take it back!


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