Thursday, June 10, 2010

Computer Trauma

I heard our old dog Charlie stirring last night and I got up to make sure there was water in his bowl. When I looked out the back door, there was a constant barrage of lightening off in the distance.
My weather alert radio didn't go off so I figured the storms would pass us by, but the longer I watched, it appeared the storm was drawing near.
I did what I always do when a thunderstorm approaches, and that's turn off all our computer equipment. The lightening did come very close. In fact, one strike was so close it made the telephones ring a half ring. That means lightening hit telephone equipment nearby.
This morning when I put the coffee on, I went in to fire up my desktop computer, but it wouldn't come up.
I fooled with it for several hours before I decided to get a drive enclosure for the hard drive out of the desktop. That way, I could test the drive to see if it was the culprit.
I learned that it wasn't the drive, but most likely the motherboard. The computer was three years old in May. That's really not that old, but replacing the motherboard will be costly. I'm trying to decide if I should try to start using my laptop exclusively or buy another desktop.
I love the laptop for a change of venue, but the way I work seems to flow better with my desktop. The jury is still out. I'll try the laptop for a few days and make a decision.
I'm thankful the data was intact because restoring from backups can be a pain especially since I've decided to migrate to Windows 7.
We'll see what the next few days bring.

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