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A wonderful computer-related problem

Posted 11-04-2011 at 07:12 AM by Oddey
Unfortunately, my old computer has kind of been on life support a while now. It's an HP from 2010 or 2009, not sure which, Pavillion DV7, and is a great computer in every way imagineable, along with being a laptop, except for one slight, small and unimaginebly frustrating problem. If you unplug it, then plug it back in, it doesn't seem to register it is plugged in at all, and so doesn't start up. However, I had somehow managed to get it to be plugged in and working for quite a while, but of course, I did something stupid to try and screw it up.

I decided to try and put the battery in. I had taken it out, because while it was plugged in, the battery had been taken out. I figured nothing bad could happen from it, and that if it worked, I would have some time to backup files and the like if the plug went. This was a big mistake. Because upon putting the battery in, my computer decided to shut down, and pretend the plug wasn't in. And now, even after removing the battery and replugging the computer, and doing just about everything I could find on google about this problem, it does not turn on, due to there being no power.

Now, this is annoying, because the computer I got to replace it has little power for even the lightest gaming, and all my documents that I had on my older computer, in particular a 50 000 word novel in progress, which I was about 5000 words into, is stuck on the hard drive, which I cannot acess, as far as I know.

I doubt it is possible to fix, but that doesn't stop me from being quite angry about it. The last time my computer was unplugged it took at least a week or two before the computer registered it was plugged in.

So now, I am stuck with a computer I don't much like, with Windows 7, which I do not care for, without the documents I do care for.

Aren't computers wonderful?
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DarkHoodness's Avatar
Take the hard drive out of the laptop - It should still be working. Then find an adapter or borrow a HD caddy off of someone. Then you can copy the files across.
Posted 11-04-2011 at 07:44 AM by DarkHoodness DarkHoodness is offline

JennyGenesis's Avatar
I know I'm goona get burned for this one, but I really have had this opinion for years,

Laptops are shite unless it's a Mac, simply because in my experiences with all other laptops, the build quality is awful, they always have a load of software you don't need and anoying shortcut keys on the keyboard!

oh, and they always break down at random moments, Before I got my Macbook, I was using a desktop for 7 years and only ever had a problem with it once...
Posted 11-04-2011 at 09:21 AM by JennyGenesis JennyGenesis is offline

Oddey's Avatar
Hm... I somewhat disagree. In all the time I had my laptop, I hardly had a single problem with it, besides the one mentioned.
Posted 11-04-2011 at 10:19 AM by Oddey Oddey is offline

Ridg3's Avatar
That last paragraph was not a convincing argument against PC's, JG.
Posted 11-04-2011 at 11:42 AM by Ridg3 Ridg3 is offline

Manco's Avatar
Alright, I’ll bite.
simply because in my experiences with all other laptops
How many have you owned? How long did you own them?

the build quality is awful
That’s a large generalisation. Build quality is largely dependant on price point—if you buy a cheap-as-shit laptop off eBay or whatever, yeah it’s gonna break. But buying from a reliable manufacturer, and spending a little more on a better model, will mitigate that.

they always have a load of software you don't need
Depends on your vendor, and you can also usually uninstall bundled software. It’s hardly a deal-breaker, and some people may find such software useful.

and anoying shortcut keys on the keyboard!
How’s Cmd+Shift+4 working out for ya?

oh, and they always break down at random moments, Before I got my Macbook, I was using a desktop for 7 years and only ever had a problem with it once...
First, your own anecdote contradicts your point.
Second, anything will break down over a long enough period of time.
Third, there is a massive range of laptops out there, and a far larger market share than MacBooks. This simply means there is going to be far more data and anecdotal evidence of broken laptops, and it also means a wider variation in build quality—if all Windows PCs were manufactured by Microsoft, there would be one standard of hardware quality just the same as Macs.
Posted 11-04-2011 at 04:13 PM by Manco Manco is offline

Nate's Avatar
Originally Posted by Ridg3
That last paragraph was not a convincing argument against PC's, JG.
Read it again. It wasn't an argument against PCs, it was an argument against laptops.
Posted 11-04-2011 at 06:01 PM by Nate Nate is offline

enchilado's Avatar
My three-year-old Toshiba laptop that I've travelled with and treated rather roughly has almost nothing physically wrong with it.
Posted 11-04-2011 at 08:02 PM by enchilado enchilado is offline

moxco's Avatar
I've found Asus, Toshiba and HP to manufacture quality laptops. However I'm never touching a Dell again.

Now you guys can help with my computer problem. I tried to install a distro of Linux on my laptop: it corrupted itself. So I still got all my files and shit on my intact (I think) windows partition. Problem is I'm stuck with a fucked up GRUB boot loader and I can't do a system repair because Dell didn't care to give my a Windows 7 OS disk. Also I have another identical (and functional) Dell laptop.
Posted 11-04-2011 at 09:51 PM by moxco moxco is offline
Updated 11-04-2011 at 09:55 PM by moxco

Nate's Avatar
You're probably best running Ubuntu off a CD and using it to repair GRUB. Just google 'ubuntu repair grub' for instructions.
Posted 11-05-2011 at 12:06 AM by Nate Nate is offline

Dynamithix's Avatar
Originally Posted by JennyGenesis
Laptops are shite unless it's a Mac
Posted 11-05-2011 at 07:11 AM by Dynamithix Dynamithix is offline

MA's Avatar
i fucking hate my laptop. it's always doing some shit it doesn't need to do.
Posted 11-06-2011 at 06:34 AM by MA MA is offline


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