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I Feel Something Brewing

So, I came home from a long, busy night at work tonight, and laid down to relax straight away. At about quarter after 5, I decided that it was about time I got on with trying to figure out what was wrong with my laptop, so I gathered everything together once again, and set about disassembly for the second time in as many days. Along the way, I happened to notice a bit of fuzz stuck in the RAM slot, but pulling it out didn't yield any different results, so I continued on, to the same end as before - took the heatsink off, and cleaned off the old thermal paste off both it and the CPU - but unlike last time, also gently went over what I assumed was the graphics chip with a Q-Tip dipped in rubbing alcohol. Following that was reassembly, because I couldn't find anything else out of place, and didn't want to detach the whole motherboard to see if something had come loose on the underside, and decided to test something before reinserting the hard drive. The connectors looked the same as the ones on that other 1TB drive I have that I now need an enclosure for - like SATA connectors (or so I assume), so I tried plugging it into my newest external drive's base, and connecting that to the laptop I was using at the time. It worked. All partitions and data on them was / were intact, as suspected, so it's good to know I have an option aside from hoping to be able to connect my laptop to Adam's TV, and copy files over that way. Following that was the rest of reassembly though, and then, the moment of truth - turning the entire laptop over, opening it up, and pressing the power button. It worked, to my continued surprise, and I'm writing this on it now. I shut it down again after finding out it was working once more to finish putting the screws back though, and then left it to boot a second time while I went to the bathroom. When I came back in here, several startup programs were open as normal, one of which was Instantbird. Lo and behold, what did I see in Instantbird but both Dan and Xion online. Well, technically Dan was away, but considering they seemingly went away (physically away) at the same time, I assumed they had gone to a furry convention, as I think there's at least one being held around this time of year. No though, or at least no, apparently. I couldn't resist the urge to send Dan a message, of course, but that's where the title of this entry comes in.

All I said was "It's probably going to bother me more if I don't say anything, so are you home already?" Just that, and now I'm back to feeling such thorough distaste for all things concerning August that I feel like calling it off. No hesitation this time either. Just cancel everything, because I can't continue this. I don't even want to continue writing about it because... I can't even put that into words. I feel so utterly conflicted about the whole fiasco that I just want to walk away from it and be done. Still, it's only fair that I wait until Monday. That's when Dan said he would be home again, so if I don't hear from him then or on Tuesday (by email, for the moment), I'll be more justified in having reason to feel sullen, but only for as long as it takes me to get over that and have a serious discussion with him about how we should proceed.

At any rate, that's all I can muster for tonight. It's almost 7am, making this clearly the latest I've been up in quite a while. I don't expect anything significant of tomorrow just yet, but the first step will be to wake up with a still-working laptop. So long as that comes true, there will be more time for whatever else catches my interest~

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