Something is rotten in the house that Thief built. My Laptop, my $1 Laptop, has crashed out. It will not boot. It will not load. It does not dream.
I have The Fear.
I know that the hard drive is okay. The system almost boots when I tell it to start in DOS mode. It shows me the drivers it’s trying to load from the hard drive and I can hear it spinning. The heart beats still. The processor works. The motherboard is okay. I can load BIOS and it stays working. It does not fail there. XP will not boot though. It just restarts after a quick flash of, “We are shutting down the system to protect your crap.”
This weekend, I have to do surgery on my computer. I’ve taken them apart before. Built them. Destroyed them without thought to their components and their innards. But never a laptop and now, it matters. My work of the last 2 Years is in that system, trapped within it’s ill electronic guts. If I fail. If I cannot raise the dead, then I’m screwed. There is no polite way to say it. I do have an archive from a month ago, so all would not be lost. But I do not know how I would continue working.
I’ve done research and it seems my system has faulty RAM chips. If I pull them out and put them back, they should reset. If that does it, then well, dancing happens. Then, since my Laptop will be in a dozen pieces on my coffee table, I’ll install new, bigger RAM. Transfer my data my flash drives and stick in a new hard drive. Then, I shouldn’t have to worry about anything like this happening again. I hope that my patient doesn’t die on the table.