Saturday, October 4, 2008
Coffee + Laptop = Disaster
Yes....I managed to spill coffee on my laptop. It's funny how these things happen. I always sit at my laptop and sip coffee, knowing in the back of my mind I am taking a risk. It's a risk worth taking, or so I tell myself. At least until the morning, when I send my cup flying into the air and back down on me and my laptop. I really am not quite sure how the cup slipped, or how it got so much air. Literally, it was above my head and I saw it coming back down. It spilled all over the laptop. I immediately turned the laptop upside down and grabbed a blanket I had been covering up with and started drying it off. The laptop shut off. I felt this dread in the pit of my stomach. I dried it as good as I could and kept it upside down, thinking perhaps I could keep the coffee from hitting the main components inside. Finally I turned it back up and let it sit....battery out..unplugged. It sat. For about 15 hours. I then checked for damage. I looked for spilled coffee under the keys...and wiped up any spots I saw. It wasn't all that bad. I didn't see any coffee in the battery compartment. I plugged it in...and nothing. It had an orange battery light. I decided to wait until morning. I got up in the morning and with a nervous hand, turned my laptop on. It started booting up. I was biting my nails as the screen saying "Windows didn't shut down properly" or something of that nature popped up. It came to a dark screen and it started to beep. It was an ear piercing loud beeeeeep beeeeeeeep beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep. I didn't know what it meant and I couldnt' stop it. After about 30 seconds of this hideously loud beeping...it went to my login screen. I entered my password and it worked. My keys are sticking slightly...and I don't think the down arrow works at all. I will count my blessings though because quite honestly I didn't expect it to work at all. Just having a laptop is a wonderful treat for me. I can't believe I did this! I am really disgusted with myself and now my coffee is located a safe distance away from my laptop. For now, I am forced to live with sticky keys and a broken down arrow. I rebooted once and it still does the beeping thing on startup. That's a truly bad thing when there is a sleeping baby in the house. Regardless, I am still thankful and in complete shock that it works at all!!