NICE TRIP TO MEXICO
I just got back from a super nice trip to Cancun, Yucatan, Mexico. The trip was about a week long. I really enjoyed the warm weather, much warmer than LA, and warmer Caribbean sea. I didn't take my laptop with me, I decided to travel even lighter than usual. The place where we stayed was pretty touristy, there were 3 Starbucks within walking distance, gosh! So maybe next time I will take the computer along. I wonder how high humidity would affect the laptop if the laptop was in Cancun?
BACK IN LA: LAPTOP AWAITS WITH A SHOW: TURNS ITSELF ON THEN OFF REPEATEDLY
As I landed back home in LA, I was in for a light show and an unpleasant surprise from my laptop. The laptop computer was in a very bad shape. As I pressed the "on" button, the "caps lock" the "numeric lock" and the "hard drive" lights, as well as the "on" light would come up, the hard drive would spin, and there would be a clicking noise from the hard drive. Then, suddenly, after about 5-10 seconds, the hard drive would spin and click for the very last time, and the computer would turn itself off. The screen never even came up. Then after a few seconds, the laptop computer would turn itself on again, and go through the same motions, again. And again! My laptop computer keeps turning itself on and off! There was no end in sight of this light show and the disk spinning and clicking show!
WHAT I TRIED, WHAT SEEMED TO WORK
I tried pressing F2, F12, and finally F8. Yeah! The F8 seemed to help and the laptop remained turned on but with a blank screen. I waited five minutes and the "Resuming Windows" sign pops up! Great! Not quite there yet! The computer won't boot up, it got stuck again! I turn it off again and back on. Now it comes up all the way. Started some programs, yeah! It works fine now! It was late, so I set it to hibernate and went to bed. Was that a mistake? Should I have run disk checks?
BUT WAS THIS A PERMANENT SOLUTION?
The next day: The saga continues...
P.S.: I keep wondering what could it be to cause this problem with my laptop just sitting on my desk for a week. There were some very strong winds in the area, probably low pressure... indeed on my way back to LAX there was some extremely strong turbulence in the air due to strong winds..quite scary. Was laptop feeling alone and abandoned? Did the temperature drop? Was there internal condensation? Who knows?
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