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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Computer Woes

Computer Woes

Several weeks ago, the keyboard on my laptop just stopped working.  I noticed it stopped sometime after a restart that followed some Microsoft Windows 10 updates. 

The Geek Squad fixed the problem, but not before I pleaded that it was a software problem, because it happened right after a restart, and I did not need a complete (cost prohibitive) rebuild.

Last week, after another 45-minute Microsoft Windows 10 update, my keyboard once again was not working. (I implore all Mac users, please do not give me the Mac lecture, I've heard it 1000 times, I don’t want to hear it again and I don't want a Mac…thank you.)

I brought it in to the GS, convinced that they could fix it again, and they did.

In the meantime, I purchased a second PC.  I don’t need anything fancy.  I don’t download terabytes of stuff, I don’t watch movies or do fancy editing.  I surf, I blog, I play solitaire.  I figured two PC’s would be convenient as I would not have to lug one up and down from bedroom to basement and then back when the battery runs down.

I bought a Dell, even though to me, Dell is a comic book company.  The GS sales-dude said the Dell would meet my needs, and it was dirt cheap.

The worst part of a new PC is setting up files the way you like them, getting MS Office without paying again as I am supposed to be good for up to three devices, and establishing all your favorites with correct passwords.

The process is a nightmare and, in the past, has almost resulted in Mrs. C leaving me.  I might have a patience problem.   

In several hours my new Dell was set up to my satisfaction with less stress than usual.  I was happy.  I now have an upstirs PC and a downstairs PC.


My new Dell started acting goofy.  It was slow opening some stuff up, but not too bad, but suddenly the little thingy that lets you put the PC to sleep or open up other applications did not respond.

I did a restart.

The PC screen lit up but said and did nothing.  I waited.  I waited some more.  I continued to wait.  I started getting antsy.

“This friggen frggan piece of shutter-bumble is not working!”

“Relax, it will come on, remember you bought a Dell to save money.”

“What, so if I buy a Kia and turn the key to start the engine it might just do nothing?  Should I be patient because it is an inexpensive car and you can’t expect it to start right up? 

“This is a computer, not a car, it is different.”

“It could at least say for me to ‘wait’ instead it says nothing.”

“Give it time.”

“Fuck that!”

I shut it down and restarted it again.  This time it did say “Working, wait.”  When it came on it asked for my sign-on and password.  It wanted me to change my password.  It did not like any of my passwords and made me copy some almost indiscernible jumble that was presented in-order to get a new password. 

Finally, I was back in action.

Except every time I start the damn thing up, it forces me to change my password which is that same onerous process again, plus I am running out of passwords…AND I DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO SIGN ON ALL THE TIME…I DON’T HAVE TO SIGN-ON TO MY OTHER PC!!

Currently my password is “Pissoff13” because they would not accept “Fuckyou13” anymore, and every time I change my password I have to write it down someplace.

Now I have to go see the Geek Squad once again and have them set me up to not have to use a sign-on and password to start up my new PC.


Otherwise, everything is fine.


  1. Ah, to err is human, but to really foul things up requires technology.

  2. Sorry you're having problems with your new computer. This one is two years old my granddaughter gave it to me after she got a newer one. I only use a code with four numbers to get on it. I didn't have one at first just decided to put one on in case! I agree password is a problem with me I'm all the time hunting my little book I write them down in.

  3. My brother in law is a one man geek squad. I can't have a conversation with him because I never understand what he is taking about, but he keeps my computer running so I encourage my sister to keep him around whenever she is tempted (often and for many reasons) to boot him out the door.

  4. OMG, I would be so aggravated by that! Good luck.

  5. When they work, they're great. But when they don't work, they're $%^@(%!

  6. I have avoided Windows 10 like the plague, and will continue to do so as long as I can.

  7. You have to change your password every time??
    That's weird and shouldn't happen. Take it to your Geek Squad and get that fixed.
    My current computer woes are to do with lack of speed. EVERYTHING takes forever to start up and the method for deleting cookies and temporary files has changed, so I don't know what I'm doing there anymore. I used to just click on "delete cookies" and the machine would do it.

  8. I feel your pain but it' my nightmare at work. I work in an operating room that is now connected to 5 billion computers. When I "punch in" for work I have to sign in on a computer. It requires changing the password every 3 months. I have email there that I don't even usually have time to check. It also requires a password. All the programs involved require a password. I might use your passwords if you don't mind because I think they sum up every computer issue I've ever had. It used to be so simple in the old days of paper and pen..I don't care what anyone says, the paper and pen never "went down" or had to have an upgrade. Working with "guts and butts" in not like it used to be.

  9. I keep nursing along my old PC just for this reason. I do NOT want to hassle setting up a new computer. But we also gave up on the GS. I found a guy who works out of his home and he has been wonderful and cheaper.

  10. I upgraded to Windows 10 & had all sorts of problems. I'm now back on Windows 7!!

  11. My, my. Looks like you were having a great time with your new Dell. I've never owned a Dell. Note to self...Don't buy a Dell.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

  12. Keep a list of just slightly different passwords and cycle them. However, I might be bald after a bit ~ I have no patience with computers. I just want them to work!

    Take it back, Cranky, it's not worth your sanity.

  13. Ah, technology. Don't you just love it?

  14. I've been lucky with Windows 10 - never had any issues. LOL at your choice of passwords. I don't blame you. Computer issues are so frustrating!


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