I love you, Dale Keller.

I love you, Dale Keller.

August 25, 2010

Gadget

Late last week my adorable little laptop decided to die. I would turn it on and it would go through the motions, but right before I could log in it would shut off. This was frustrating because Lloyd has been so swamped with working on his school’s website, I didn’t want to trouble him to do his voodoo and make it all better.

Last night, though, I interrupted him for a moment to just look at it – so he could percolate on what might be the trouble and maybe work on it next week. He did some voodoo and said, “It’s a hardware problem, not a software problem. It might be time for a new computer.”

Now ordinarily I’d enjoy spending money on a gadget, but I do not enjoy spending money to replace a gadget that I already have just because it’s broken. Plus, it would take forever to get, because he’d have to order it from his technical people so he could get a great deal.

Then he said, “Wait,” and stuck it in the freezer – right next to my t.v. dinner and freezer-burnt ice cream.

Huh. It was fine. Apparently it has been overheating. I did a little googling and someone suggested the fan might be broken or gunky. Lloyd was still busy doing website stuff, so I opened it up to check.

Let me repeat that: I opened it up.

That was the scariest thing I’ve ever done. I took a piano apart once, but that was a crummy thrift store one and I didn’t care if it ever worked again when it was back together. This was my baby – my sweet little laptop. What if I killed it?

Well, God bless Dale Keller. He has a website with extremely detailed instructions and diagrams for how to take apart an Acer Apire One. Diagrams, people!!

I started way too late – 10:30 p.m. – and was tired and shaky while working, but luckily Lloyd was right there for when I had questions about pulling cable connectors and such.

Reading very carefully before making the next incision.

Who are we kidding? I was essentially Lloyd’s hands for this project, much like I am when he is hungry. Hey….that’s probably why his nickname for me is ‘Hands’ – as in “Hands, make me a sandwich”.

Anyway, yes, the fan was super gunky, and there was a wad of lint underneath it that was preventing it from spinning and cooling the innards. I cleaned it out, and viola’! It works!!

You can't vacuum stuff when it's in a computer.  That will kill it.

Again, I love you, Dale Keller. You the man.

About Lauren

Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

View all posts by Lauren

10 Responses to “I love you, Dale Keller.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    How did you get the lint out of the fan if you couldn’t vacuum? Did you suck it out with a straw?

    Reply

    • Lauren Said on:

      The fan had to be removed (and presumably taken into another building) so I could vacuum it without electro-shocking all those green doohickies.

      Reply

  2. Kristi Said on:

    You never cease to amaze me, Lauren. Does Lloyd realize what a gem you are? Does he?

    Reply

  3. Gretchen Said on:

    A simple solution to a potentially expensive problem. That makes me happy -- even if it is not my computer. Congrats!

    Reply

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. In syndication | LloydAndLauren.com - August 14, 2011

    […] in my classroom this weekend and my laptop died on Saturday. It’s doing the same thing it did the last time, so that means opening it up and cleaning it out, but there’s no time for […]

Leave a Reply