Our Latest Computer Disaster

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Our computer hutch last week began to fall apart. I have it propped up temporarily with books, but there’s no escaping the fact that we’ll have to get a new one.

I’m afraid the whole thing will simply collapse in ruin if I try to move it. And behind the hutch is a Gordian tangle of wires–computer tower, monitor, speakers, mouse, printer, and God knows what else. No one has ever accused me of being a handyman, and this job looks utterly impossible.

I never dreamed there could be so many obstacles to simply writing a book.

Please pray for us. These little problems pile up into big ones.

7 comments on “Our Latest Computer Disaster

  1. Speaking as someone who spent a half-hour under her desk the other day fighting a tangle of wires and cables, I deeply sympathize. Try taking a cable at its source and labeling it like the pipes in a basement so you’ll know which cable is which. Then follow each cable to its other end and put the same color tape (or initialed tape) where it needs to be connected. Then go lie down for a while until the hyperventilation stops. (Just joking about that one.) The hard part isn’t taking all the wiring apart; it’s putting it back together that gets you. Using color-coded labels can help. So can calling a computer specialist who makes house calls.

    By the way, I didn’t follow my own advice about the labeling. But I didn’t have to pull all the cables out in the first place. Fortunately, while checking all the plugs I noticed one lying on the floor disconnected. So I just had to follow it back to where it came from and then figure out where the disconnected end should go. Also fortunately, there were only three possible ports where the cable might belong, and they all looked like similar USB ports anyway. It was all trial and error. Then I just had to give every other plug some mighty shoves to make sure everything else was firmly connected — only to discover that the printer wouldn’t work if its plug was firmly in the power strip. (It had to be slightly out and a bit tilted.) I’m proud to say that I did not utter a single profanity or obscenity during all of this — maybe because I was too busy trying to breathe.

    I wish you Godspeed in the project.

  2. And here I thought I was the only one who had problems like this. These days, I wouldn’t even try to tackle that wire mess, except the one that connects the printer. It gives me a headache just looking at all that. Good luck with the problem, may the Lord show you how to do it.

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