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    Blasted computer!

    I guess I shouldn't bee too hard on it, as it's been a very good computer for the last five years. Thursday or Friday last week, my computer suddenly stopped functioning. I went to future shop with it, and they diagnosed a hard drive failure. So, they installed a new, larger hard drive and transferred most of my data onto it.. So, I took it home and started loading programs back onto it. As I was loading the printer software, I turned to the printer, but the power cord caught on my knee and started to drag the computer, and my teacup, towards the edge of my desk. I grabbed for the teacup, and for the first time in 30+ years of working with microcomputers, sloshed liquid over the keyboard. It stopped working, not completely at first, but now I can't start it because it asks me to make a choice of starting options, and I can't because the arrow and enter keys, spacebar, the whole lot, don't work. So, I'm letting it continue to dry out, as I don't think it's hit bottom yet, and in a few days I may try an external keyboard, and if that dosen't work, I'll take it back to Future Shop and see what we can do. In the meantime, I'm using my wife's older Dell, that I bought her for Christmas 2011.
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    Upsides and downsides to laptops.

    I remember the old IBM keyboards you could just take into the shower with you and then hang them over the rail to dry. The fact that that was something we actually did to get the crud off perhaps says a bit about our workplace hygene in college.

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    You can always rename the computer 'Post-it'...you know, it's a little sticky thing
    Hope it's just a minor set back and that you'll be having Tea with it once again very soon
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    Is it a lap top? I have a desktop and I have taken my keyboard apart more than once and washed the circuit board and put the top of the keyboard with keys in it under the faucet a few times to wash some spilled, ah, beverage out. Blowed it dry with a compressor Never had a problem. Guess you can't do that with a laptop.
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    $60 to clean up my MacBook from a very minor splash of root beer. One pays for one's foolishness.
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    I keep a computer as log as I possible can.

    I just replaced my desk computer this year - but the old one is still OK - and it is in my shop. Yes I have a computer in the shop.

    My new desktop is an i7 with 16 gigs or RAM - paid near a grand - no keyboard, monitor, speakers. I only replaced it because I needed more power. I do a lot of high power graphics using Solidworks and CNC programming software, video editing.

    Most computers today - can be had for $200-$500. I bought Best Buy computers "refurbished" for significantly less than new, but in new condition.

    Old computers are really not worth the effort to repair and not of a value to spent repair money on them.

    I don't know what you do with a computer. MOST people do email, internet - and not much else. You do NOT need a high power computer fro that. A $200-$300 refurbished computer from Best Buy would be MORE than adequate. That also upgrade you a bit. Currently I am using windows 8.1 (not 8.0) - it is not the bad animal that soo many people say it is and scare you away. Windows 7 is also good.

    Keyboards are very inexpensive - Amazon or something.

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    I have 8.1 and see nothing wrong with it. Have to play around some with my curser to get the side bar on the right of the screen to pop out and don't know why, but I don't need it often so I don't worry about it. One thing I did when I had 8.0 was set up icons on my desktop to click to shut the computer down and to restart. I liked it so well I did the same when I upgraded to 8.1. Sorry for varying away from the original topic.
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    With the cost and fact I make a living punching keys, I've started replacing my laptop about every 2 years. For what it cost you for the repairs you can buy a low end laptop that is faster than the one you're fixing. Key is to get where your data is backed up and easily moved from pc to pc and protected from failures. Nothing like losing years worth of work/memories in a split second when the thing doesn't spin up.
    Darren

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