Hello, Dear Reader. Today’s blog post will be brief, partly because I am writing on my laptop instead of my desktop PC, and partly because I am tired, headachy, and therefore not amenable to sitting out in the kitchenette and writing a long epistle.
Why am I not writing at my desk on my PC? Well, that’s easy to answer – it is not working. As in, “It isn’t able to be used because it can’t even be turned on.” My Lenovo C560 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop, which I bought in August of 2014 – when I still lived in Miami – because writing on a laptop for long periods of time is tiring and I couldn’t use my desktop PC in my old bedroom cos my mom was sick and I had to be close to her bedroom downstairs in case I was needed.
I am not sure what happened. The Lenovo C560 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop worked just fine when I turned it on early yesterday morning; it didn’t give me any issues while I worked on my blog post, nor did it behave oddly before I switched it off around 2 PM so I could watch an episode of HBO’s 2019 miniseries Chernobyl. No hiccups with Microsoft Word, no strange noises or locked screens. Not even the dreaded “blue screen of death” that has preceded the demise of other PCs I’ve owned since 1987.
When I hit the Power Off command yesterday for the last time, the computer that was one of my last connections to my former life switched off normally.
Three hours later, when I wanted to putter around on social media and maybe play a game for a little while, I hit the power switch on the right side of the computer.
I checked the power strip to which the Lenovo C560 is connected by turning on the TV, which is plugged in to the same power source. It obligingly powered up, just as it had when I decided to watch Chernobyl on my Blu-ray player.
One probable cause thus having been eliminated, I was at a loss. The PC does not run on a backup external battery, nor had there been any lightning strikes yesterday afternoon.
After a half-hour of nervous fretting, I came to this conclusion: The Lenovo C560 was almost eight years old. It had been discontinued, and even though the last diagnostic I’d run two weeks before showed no signs of ill health, sometimes a computer will die for no apparent reason.
To make a long story short, today I ordered a new computer from Amazon: a Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 3 AMD All-in-One Computer. It will run on Windows 11 – its predecessor originally ran on Windows 8, but within a few months it automatically updated itself to the Windows 10 operating system – and comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse. The screen on the monitor is one inch larger than the one on the PC it is replacing, and to my relief, it also has a DVD-RW drive.
It’s an expensive computer; with Florida sales taxes added, it costs $752.49. And that’s considering that its regular price (before taxes) is $799.99.
No wonder I have a headache.