Thursday, June 27, 2013

I didn't think I could do it but I did!!!

Ok, a few months ago I dropped my laptop and smashed the screen. I have been using it as a desktop hooked to a monitor and such since then but missed the portability of my laptop. Especially being to able to work on projects and watch my son as he plays. I looked into replacing the LCD screen panel and it was reasonably priced but happened upon an Ebay auction for the whole screen unit at an incredible price so I went for it. Arrived so fast and I looked it and said, I CAN DO THIS! Well after unscrewing 20 screws, disconnecting tiny ( I mean tiny! ) connections, removing the hard drive, prying up the keyboard (ahhh) I looked at the shell of my laptop and gasped...what have I gotten myself into! Well I took lots of pictures while disassembling and that came in handy when adding the new screen. Knocked over my cup of screws and searched high and low for them all. Had to slightly bend the motherboard in order to detach a clip, O MY was that scary. I felt like a surgeon. I didn't think I would get my computer running again. Of course I made a backup but still, I would be lost. I reinstalled all the connections, screws etc and took a deep breath....pressed the power button.....Ta Da, the windows start screen appeared on my display! I cried, tears of joy that someone who really doesn't have a solid computer "hardware" background actually got it to work! Now mind you it has only been a few hours and I am still testing out the screen but come on, this is awesome! I am so energized right now. I know that just this small victory and now reclaimed portability will help me move forward not just with my artwork but in life. Now just not to ever, ever drop my laptop again (or spill hot tea in it like I did a year ago!). Enjoy your Thursday and take pride in the small victories you accomplish today!

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