When the computer dies…and why I’d recommend Staples

I have a Dell computer, probably around 7-10 years old. It’s been acting very slowly lately and often going to Save Power Mode and getting hard to ‘wake up’.   I started to have a sinking feeling about a week or so ago that maybe it was on its last legs.

On Saturday, a day that I’d planned on spending indoors finishing up the baby quilt that I was working on and not going out at ALL….I made four trips to Staples ( and one because I was an idiot, lol ! )

The computer was acting slow and then the mouse died at the same time. I ran to Staples for a new mouse. GREAT! Nice sales! A 24.99 mouse for 9.99!  Came home and there was no USB in the package. Returned the mouse only to be told that now the USBs are stored INSIDE the mouse.

Slunked off feeling like an idiot even though the nice young man assured me that this happens often.   ( So they lie to you to make you feel better :)

Return home to find that the computer is just dying / it’s not the mouse…the computer just won’t do anything that I want it to ( kind of like my boys when they were young :)

Take the computer to Staples. I had to buy a new one and they’d transfer the old hard drives ( Dell computer had two ) to the new Dell. BUT! While the Dell that I wanted was on sale ( a good $200.00 off of the asking price ) they talked me down to a cheaper computer.  They explained that the Dell that I knew in the old days was not the same. They are no longer made in America and Staples sees more Dells needing repairs now than any other brand.

When you go to purchase something and people urge you to save 50.00 or more on a different brand, I think that they are trustworthy.

They transfer the data from your old computer to the new one there.

BUT! I have to learn Windows 10…I had 7.   And everything online is lost. No You Tube history, no automatic fill-ins when I visit somewhere….for instance if I typed in www. super I’d go right to So Srappy’s site for the RSC link-up. No more, and that is just one example out of a hundred or more.

I had to re-set passwords for Facebook, my email, and much more and I am probably just starting on a long line of that.

LESSON LEARNED and starting NOW : write down my passwords in a notebook. And if any of you haven’t done that I’d recommend it to save a lot of grief :)  STILL going beserk here…my Amazon Prime / Netflix etc….everything needs a re-set


Signing off here,

Ms. NOT Technological Genius :)

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15 Responses to When the computer dies…and why I’d recommend Staples

  1. Karen Beigh says:

    I keep a little notebook of passwords and other needed info for the computer. I need to get a new one and transfer info over as many sites listed in the notebook are ones that are outdated for my current viewing pleasures or needs. I have thought that a Roladex might be a good solution as you could keep things in alphabetical order.

  2. Karen says:

    I keep a little notebook but it is such a total mess from all the times I have had to rechange passwords that I need to make a new one – thanks for reminding me – I am so sorry you have to learn 10 – I did that last year and at times it is still causing me grief – have had such a hard time with photos hope you don’t. I can just about still slam the computer up against the wall at times before I yell to Mike to please fix my computer again when we all know it is me messing it up. I feel for you I do!

  3. Pat in WNY says:

    So sorry. And I know this is probably in my immediate future too, as my computer is about the same age and exhibiting similar symptoms. And I hate Windows 10, don’t know why they will never leave ‘well-enough’ alone. “New-and-improved” seldom is.

  4. Chris Forster says:

    I feel your pain. My Toshiba crashed 2 weeks before the warranty expired and they put in a new hard drive which means everything not backed up was gone. Fortunately, I had backed up 3 months earlier and only lost all the EQ patterns for the Farmer’s Wife, but I had printed them all off so I was ok. Then I decided to buy a really big touch screen desk top and upgrade to windows 10. I am getting used to it now. I too keep a notebook with all my passwords. It works until it falls behind the desk and I cannot find t when I want.

  5. Margie Miller says:

    I have my passwords printed off on a small index card, I print it off on that card and then do not “save” the information. I keep the index card right with the notebook computer. As I make changes, I simply make up another card and replace the old one.

    I use an index card for my budget too and do save that on the computer. That gives me a “card” on the computer to also use for upgrading my passwords.

    I put the budget card in my checkbook. It fits there nicely.

  6. Eileen says:

    Hello, I do keep my computer backed up to an external hard drive and I have notebook with all my passwords. I thought windows keep a record of your favorites, they maybe still a way to transfer the favorites to your new computer. Somehow I found hubby’s favorite list somehow while I was playing around with it. I am not really happy with Windows 10, I thought 7 was better.

  7. I do keep a list of passwords, as I have about 30. I have no problem with Windows 10. I have to buy a laptop every few years because I literally wear them out.

  8. val says:

    Arg!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah I have a password notebook too….oh man, hang in there Deb.

  9. Joyce says:

    Okay – what a headache! But it’s mostly over and you’ve got some good, trouble free years ahead now! I learned a trick from Lisa at Grandma’s Briefs a few years back. Use a tabbed address book to keep your passwords in order. I still fear having a computer problem because stuff changes so fast (like the mouse issues!) and I don’t!

  10. Joanna says:

    Oh no! I have a Dell that is on its last leg too.

  11. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    Hope your computer woes are over soon–such a drag to do all that stuff! I use and old-school address book for my passwords–keeps them in alphabetical order so they are easy to find.

  12. Kyle says:

    Sorry about all the computer issues, but slowly, I’m sure, you’ll be back up to speed.

  13. I use an address book for my logins and passwords too.

  14. Kim says:

    I need to update that password notebook!!

  15. Against all recommendation but to meet needs, we have always written down passwords. We actually have one book for family sites, and one for blogging sites. Although, the last time I talked to cell a phone rep about passwords, he said he used the same one for everything. Hmm.

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