There are many blessings in our lives and one of them is opportunity. We are always having new opportunities. It’s fine that we don’t follow through on most, because there’s only so much we need or can do. But it’s important to keep ourselves open at all times.
In my post on “making it do,” I showed a picture of my poor computer, whose case was breaking. The screen wouldn’t stand up, so I’d been getting by with some bandaging for months:
Because it still functioned and the fix worked, I really didn’t want to replace it. That would have also cost a lot more than we want to spend right now. So I was making do and dealing.
But, when we were helping a good friend move, I noticed that she had precisely the same laptop (Gateway 400VTX). She mentioned that her hard drive had spazzed, so she’d replaced it a couple years ago. Just hung onto the old one in case the hard drive could ever be restored. She offered me the cooling unit and I accepted (I had a makeshift one, but this was much better).
After we got home that evening, I sat down with my sick laptop and was suddenly hit by a possibility. What if I were to transfer my hard drive into her case? Would it work? Could I magically have a healthy computer?
I asked her what she thought and she agreed, provided she got to keep her own hard drive in case it might someday yield up its data.
So last weekend, we had dinner with her and she handed it off. On Monday, between jobs, I finished backing up my computer onto Micah’s monster computer and then and just swapped the drives.
That part was a complete success and took all of 10 minutes (it involved a few screws). All my files, programs, everything was the same. I even switched the keyboard, so everything felt the same too. Now my computer looks something like this:
Not that it was without hitches, getting the internet set up took a few hours of poking around. I still don’t know exactly what happened, but we didn’t have to resort to plan B, which involved finding the ethernet card and switching it to see what happens.
I will be keeping my old computer around for components. Except for the joint between the screen and body, everything about it is a-ok. So if I ever need a new battery, CD-ROM drive (I’ve taken it out and reinstalled it before, actually), or anything else I can safely transplant, I’ve got one on hand.
If you’ve been having a similar problem, consider looking into this type of solution. Maybe you can find someone who’s getting rid of (or selling) the same model. If the parts are salvageable, it’s probably a better deal than getting a new one.
Stay open to opportunities. You never know who’ll have the perfect fix for your problems. And you never know when you’ll randomly run across it.