Saturday, November 24, 2012

My Humiliation Has Some Limits

      I have had a computer in my house since 1997. I did not have the Internet at my house until 2009.  For the Internet I went to my daughter's house. This arrangement worked well as I could go to her house when she was at work and search the Internet or do my email. 
The messy desk is for a later post with more humiliation.

     This arrangement worked fine for me except that I did not learn much about looking after a computer or learn what possibilities were available. Since it was her computer I left the management to her. 

     According to my daughter the computer crashed and since she was in a hurry she bought another computer right away. There was warranty on the old computer. The agreement she made for settlement was to take a reconditioned computer and since she didn't need it she gave it to Dad. I guess she thought that Dad had done enough dog sitting and renovation assistance that he deserved a computer.She left a few months later so I had to get the Internet at my house.

   Now I could really explore things since I had my own computer that was connected to the Internet. It took a while until I discovered that there were things I could listen to on the Internet but I found that the sound was way off. I could only get some garbled sound. I learned an awful lot about computers but I couldn't get my sound to work. I asked people and was about to replace the sound card. Now I had lots to do so I never got around to replacing the sound card. 

     I wonder if somebody has figured out what my problem is by now?

    The other day I posted about my ipod problems and how my neighbor told me to push the jack in until I heard a distinct click. A few days later it clicked in my head that maybe the same solution applied to my computer sound. You guessed . I pushed the jack in until there was a click and tried the sound and there it was! So after three years I have sound on my computer. 

    Now this is embarrassing and humiliating. Two of the same problems and the solutions were extremely low tech. Since I bragged about some of my technical skills I am humiliated to admit that I was stumped by such a simple problem.

     Please don't laugh too hard!

27 comments:

  1. oh, another confession from you. thanks for the chuckle, but so sorry you had 3 soundless years!

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    1. You don't miss what you don't have.

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  2. Hillarious! I am glad I am not the only one.
    We can't all be perfect in this technical age!
    However, we can still learn.

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    1. Yes we can learn but sometimes it's pretty slow ...more like a plateau.

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  3. It happens to me. I use a laptop and have a couple of external drives...spent ages trying to find one the other day. I hadn't even plugged the USB in.

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    1. You just get ahead of yourself. I wasn't even in the game.

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  4. I'd be the last one to laugh at you. The very last.

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  5. Red, it's so brave of you to come out with this confession. It's such relief to see that I'm not the only one who sometimes don't see solution even when it's right in front of my eyes. :)

    The good part is that you have the sound now and that's important.

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    1. I don't find things like this threatening. It used to bother me but not any more.

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  6. It gets worse here. I had to print a couple of pictures. After ten minutes I realised i was plugged into the wrong laptop. No drivers for the printer on this one. Yet another senior moment.

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    1. The senior moments are another thing. They're a bit frustrating but I can handle them.

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  7. I am not laughing but groaning that for three years you didn't have sound! Oh, Red, your humiliations are certainly entertaining. :-)

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  8. I am not laughing tooooo hard - just having a good morning giggle. I have discovered over the years Red, that the most irritable problems I/ve encountered have a simple answer most of the time. I do have books to refer to as I love reading technical solutions, however, quick n easy, ask the internet- and as you said, it was a simple solution. You going for 3 outta 3. he,he - sorry, couldn't resist that. Thanks for a most giggly, good feeling, honest post. Take care.

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    1. With me it wouldn't be hard to go three out o three. Don't get me started.

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  9. No laughing here. WE have all been there and done that. I do tend to be the techie in my house...but my techiness is limited.

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    1. Funny how the simplest things can cause the most trouble.

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  10. Red you put a smile on my face this morning, I've done similar but my impatience wouldn't allow me to leave it for 3 years! That and I love my music too much, I bought the Bose speakers for my computer and I love the quality of sound!

    Thank you for sharing your story with us, whenever I have something 'wrong' with my computer I try my darndest to get it working before I call in the pros, my sons who would laugh if I didn't pick up on something simple. They've taught their mamma well! lol

    Enjoy your day Red, cheers.

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    1. You're welcome to the smile. I check with my son but he's on the coast. My son does my header.

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  11. you are missing the benefit of teenagers in the house...they are so remarkably techie these days they can figure a solution out in minutes....any electronic issues....the teens are the ones in the know!!

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    1. Yes I understand the ability of teenagers. I was with them for 37 years and miss them . I've gotten obstinate in my old age and want to be more independent.

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  12. My desk is messy sometimes also...then I sort it and it stays on the floor in piles as I work my way through the piles!

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  13. THere there, it all makes for an excellent and amusing blog post!!

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  14. Honestly.. it was no more than a a brief chuckle. I wouldn't laugh outright.. for long. ;)

    It's funny how we figure our technical problems must be more complicated than a simple mechanical plug in. The fact is that there are so many other things that could go wrong, we assume it has to be one of them.

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  15. :) Thanks for sharing..you are now a real computer repair person:)

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  16. The Technology Dir. for our school system says that the first thing to always check is to make sure everything is plugged in. I've had many frustrating and embarassing moments just to discover I'm not plugged in...pun intended...

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