...are conspiring to irritate the living bejeebers out of me.
Since the mailbox was empty once again, I decided (for budget reasons) to replace the malfunctioning CD/DVD drive in my computer with a nice low-mileage part I installed in my previous comp. not long before it died an ugly death.
Did all the usual: after lugging the old box out of the garage and whipping out the good drive, I disconnected my working computer, set it on the dining table and prepared to do the transplant surgery.
Nope. Not happening. Not only are the various mechanisms "protected" by a plastic piece that has to be broken -- thus voiding the warranty -- to get access to cables and fasteners, but the connections appear to be much different, and not interchangeable. I couldn't be sure unless I took the drive out, which I can't.
IS-THIS-MAN-THAT-STUPID? THOUGHT: I know you're wondering why, if the stupid thing is still under warranty (an extended warranty I paid extra for at Fry's), why don't I just haul it over there and let them fix it? Simple answer: they will want to keep it for a minimum of two days, maybe longer.
So here I sit, unable to finish burning the CDs I want to send to a couple of friends, unable to so much as listen to music in here. And, oh yeah, I can't look at any press material for work that came on CDs, either.
Looks as if I have three choices (after the holidays, of course): I can call one of those they-come-to-you technogeeks and spend $100 or more getting the thing straightened out, or I can cart it back to Fry's and sit around with my thumb up my (deleted) for however long it takes 'em to decide to fix it. Or I can pull out the ol' 12-gauge, ventilate that ugly black box thoroughly, and be done with the whole damn mess.
Option Three looks real good right now....
Just another little dose of Christmas Cheer around here....
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