Friday, October 31, 2014

FAILED!

It was a sad day yesterday.  My Mac has been shutting down randomly for the past few weeks.  I've tried figuring out what I had open when it would happen.  Finally, reading the crash reports and watching my usage, I determined it had something to do with my graphics card perhaps, as iPhoto and websites seemed to aggravate it.

I took it in to a Genius at Apple (where my husband and I worked for a couple of years), told him my computer's symptoms, and he said it was probably the video card.  To confirm it, he plugged it in and ran a test on it.  Suddenly, the screen flashed a huge FAILED from one side of the screen to the other.

There was nothing that could be done, short of a video card transplant.  So it has been sent in to the Apple Hospital to receive a new internal organ.  It will be back home in a few days.  Today I am working on my husband's old Mac.  I was going to just go without and maybe do laundry and clean the bedroom...but then I decided, nah!  Starbucks, a venti decaf latte and an old Mac sounded better.

So here I am latte-d and late, but here, online.  Happy.  Guess I'll write a poem for Poetry Friday - what's left of it!  But my friend, Linda Baie, is hosting so I don't want to miss it!

Computer o' Mine

We've ridden in cars
on trains
and on planes;
You've held all my pics
of fall
and of squall,
We've caught words mid-air
to write
and delight,
You've saved and found files
once missed
on some disk,
We've worked overnight
from sup
to sun up;
I'm missing you now,
it's bad
feeling sad;
I've bought you a card
that's swell
to get well!

(that would be a swell, getting well new video card...)

Ok, so not my best work.  But I'm sure my computer will appreciate it when it gets back after getting my "get well card"!
I should take it back in to the Apple Store and let them hook it up again, just so it can see the sign that says, A+!  No more failing grades!  Now that would make it feel really good!

16 comments:

  1. Oh dear! Technology can be so frustrating when it goes wrong! What a scary message to get on your computer screen! Hope it's returned healthy SOON!

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    1. Just went over to your site...it's a Poem of Address...huh!

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  2. Sorry to hear your Mac is in sick bay. He'll be back soon, though, roaring and ready to help you write your best poems. :)

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    1. It will be nice to be back up and running fast and not crashing! That sounds like I'm talking about me physically, now that I reread it. Ha!

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  3. Video cards seem to be particularly susceptible to failure.

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    1. Yeah, it evidently wasn't much of a surprise to them.

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  4. Love the idea of a get well card for a computer! Macs appreciate video cards the most. Glad you made it to the PF party today, Donna. Happy Halloween! =)

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    1. I'm glad I finally got the old one running again. Don't think I can go this long without my technology! Sad, really!

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  5. I'm glad you found a way to come visit for my Halloween PF. I do love hosting on this mad day! And love that your mac will soon return, no longer failing, but regaling you with more words! I finally bought a new MacBook Air, spend so much time that I was tired of my old slow laptop. I wonder what people would think if they read our words, & wonderful poems of nostalgia like yours, that talk about machines as if they were our children. Hm-m! Sci-fi living! Happy Halloween, Donna!

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    1. Oooh, an Air! That must be lots of fun - and fast!

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  6. "FAILED"! Couldn't they think of a less frightening way to put it? Maybe they should have a special poem for those occasions. Good job rallying for Poetry Friday!

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    1. It was quite shocking! No mistaking whether it was working or not!

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  7. Sorry. Crossing fingers that your computer returns in full health.

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    1. It came home! Yea! And it is all fixed and pretty!

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  8. Ugh. I am so attached to my Mac, the very idea of having to be parted from it makes me break out in a cold sweat. Glad that yours is on the mend, Donna.

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    1. Brought it in to Apple at noon Thursday. It went to TN from Maine, got fixed and sent back to my front door at noon Saturday - 48 hours. Excellent service!!!!

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