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Last Thursday, when my blog went live and I really needed internet access, I didin’t have it. I’d had it on Wednesday evening, but nothing Thursday morning. GRRR!
So I did the things I know to fix it.
Shut off the computer and restarted. (Doesn’t that always fix everything?) Not this time.
I fiddled around with the internet icon and clicked on a few things. Nothing.
Finally, at 9 am I gave in and tried to call AT & T. After a couple of aborted tries—including getting every offer known to man and womankind—I got through to one of those not real people things—though he sounded really real, you know.
Now, you need to know that if I leave my screen alone too long, the whole computer goes to sleep and I have to shut it off at the box (because I can’t find the “power” button in the stream of new stuff Windows 10 has given me.), which I know is not recommended, but if you’ve got to shut it off….
So I’m on the phone and started making notes to keep the computer live. Mostly typing with one hand. This is frustrating to me because I’m a fast typist with both hands. So here are my notes:
(Started working on this at 9:00 notes started at 9:30.)
M o m is not happy!!!
The internet is down
I’m talking with someone perhaps from India. Accent, but her English is pretty good.
Charley is barking. Makes it hard to hear.
Just got disconnected!!!!
Can’t get to live person
New person, not as good with his English. And very hard to hear her. Soft voice.
New no. (Not sure what this means. ????)
Talking to computer again
Now another person. I explain problem for the umpteenth time
Wait time 3 min. lots of adds
Typing to keep computer working. It dies with inactivity.
Got a real person. Desmond easy to understand…hopeful….
10:27 I’m connected! WhooHoo!
Okay, are you ready to know what worked? I turned off the hot spot by removing the battery. Early on, I’d tried to turn it off. I unplugged it, but I keep it plugged in all the time, so it’s fully charged. I searched for a shut off button for some time, before I began the agony of phone calls. I seriously never thought to take the battery out!
Not the best 1/1/2 hours of my life. Sure it wasn’t good for my blood pressure.
The good thing is, should this happen again, I will remember to take out the battery!
Incidentally, we are getting a new computer. The one I’m using is a 2011 variety. Terrified I’ll lose stuff, but this shutting off business is nuts!
So what’s your worst story with technology? As you know, I have many. A friend commented that she didn’t know anyone who’d had as many incidents with technology as I have. LOL The good thing is most times, I’ll get on FB and ask and someone has an answer. Not sure why I didn’t do that this time. 😦
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