Two days of pure distress being without a PC. Did you all go through this already, when suddenly the mouse pointer doesn’t move anymore? No problem so far, I thought, it must be the battery. But changing the battery doesn’t help. On the contrary I recognized that the red light with the mouse didn’t flash as usual either. I disconnected the (wireless) mouse, keyboard, and dongle and installed old ones I kept for a reason like this. No turn for the better. Mhmm .. Maybe I had to boot the PC to make it recognize the new device. Since I wasn’t able to shut down the PC properly with the mouse, I had to do it the brutal way by unplugging it and start it again thereafter. This time the screen remained black. My blood pressure started rising.
I called a friend (and old skool IT specialist) for more info. “Microsoft is sending extensive updates these days” he said, “this may slow down the PC and may lead to a black screen in extreme cases, but everything’s gonna be alright after a few hours”. It was Sunday afternoon and there was nothing more thart I could do than wait.
Monday. I finally reached my local PC dealer at 10, told him the above story and asked him to come. “You know I can hardly leave the house, so I’m depending on it” I urged him. On the other hand he informed me, that we’d have a real problem if the mother board were broken. “Your PC is more than 6 years old and statistically that’s the time span mother boards go “belly up”. My heart went down my boots.
It was 6 p.m. when e came and rapidly found out that it was not a problem of the related devices and he had to carry it away. “I hope ypi backed up your data and files regularly?” he asked. “I would love to sell you a new PC”. I grinned bitterly. “No”.
Well, as you see, here I am again. My dear Mr. S. called me 20 Minutes after he had left my study and informed me that I’d been lucky. The electric supply was defective only. He brought my PC back and installed everything before 8 p.m.
I’ve got to look for a gift..
Now that I had the time to read the last days’ posts I’d like to share my thoughts to some.
@ eclectus and Robert, RE "propitiate" means "to ease the anger; etwas gehoben
You both imagine that "propitiate" is not part of my active vocabulary. On the other hand “versöhnen” is not high speech to me but often used (especially in earlier years when temper was hotter ☺). “Versöhnen” is hugging your dearest one when a naughty word has been said earlier, or inviting your pal for a beer after a little quarrel the day before. From all LEO translations “propitiate” seems to fit best. After all I decided to keep “to make up for sth.” in mind.
Thanks for the prolific information.
@ Sammakko, RE "ein Freund von meinem Vater“
Unlike even He-le-na I would actually disagree. There’s a book titled “Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Feind” making fun of the mutation of the German language. Abywqay: I would always prefer the Genitive (“Der Sohn meines Vaters”, “meines Vaters Sohn”) to “Der Sohn von meinem Vater”.
[Come out of your TV chair, Goldammer, and tell me that I’m fighting my last stand.] :o)
Btw, Sammakko: According to you registration number and appearance you’re a younger member of the LEO community. On the other hand you pretend to have been knowing hm – us for 15 years. I’m perplexed, I’ve got to admit.