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June 10, 2006

He's also dead, Jim.

Filed under: — brendan @ 12:59 GMT

Last year my favorite laptop suffered a horrible death at the hands of hardware failure.

Now my Sony Vaio TX1XP laptop, only about 7 months old, has also failed. The power plug on the back was a bit loose, and has become looser over the last few weeks. With it came the too-familiar problem of getting it to realize it’s been plugged in. Today, it finally wouldn’t see the power no mater what angle I tried to twist it. I used the last 2-1/2 hours of battery life to back stuff up and restore the factory image back onto it. (As opposed to sending it off for repair with all of my stuff still there. At least I use unique SSH keys for each lifetime of the machine.)

I’ll call the Sony Vaio customer support line, walk thru the troubleshooting steps, and get them to send me the box used to get it repaired. Can’t do that til late next week, though, so fingers crossed.  A few days ago I found a forum online where people described the same exact problem, but of course I can’t seem to find it now.  (And didn’t bookmark it, shame shame.)
At least this all happened today, a Saturday, as opposed to any time earlier this week when I was hammering on some time-critical work with it. (And had to do the work under XP.)

I wonder if I’ve got bad laptop karma.

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