It’s Not All Mary Poppins

I May be Out of Commission…

For a few days. Or I might not. It all depends.

For some while, the battery on my laptop – never a powerful beast – has been slowly and steadily fading away. Gradually it has faded from fully charged, to 87%, then 73, then 64, the maximum charge dropping away inexorably. This didn’t particularly bother me; even at its most powerful, I got maybe two hours time on the battery. Mostly, this has been a very small, portable desktop.

However, this week the cable has become really persnickety. If the laptop is shifted by a couple of centimetres, the computer moves from AC to battery. Not good. So very Not Good. When your battery is 11 minutes from dead, you don’t want to be relying on it…

On Monday, I spoke with a nice young man in Texas, and a new battery and cable are presently making their way northward.

This morning, when the table was jostled by passing toddlers, we reached a new low: 2% battery. This translates, in present battery currency, to about 87 seconds of computer life should the cable decide to cut off life support.

I’m hoping that the transplant arrives before the patient dies…

May 10, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Oh my, have I ever been there! 2% is scary. It’s especially scary when you have term paper to write. Here’s hoping that the new cable/battery helps. It may actually be inside where the cord connects to the laptop. In which case, you can cry and send away your computer for 3-5 (or more) days.

    Good luck!

    Comment by Angela | May 10, 2007 | Reply

  2. We’ll all think happy healthy computer thoughts for you. My laptop is slowly fading towards death and I despair for the day when I have to (gasp!) pay for a new one. Good luck to you!

    Comment by Dani | May 10, 2007 | Reply

  3. You spoke to a nice young man in Texas? So that’s the secret to reaching a computer company in the United States…you have to call from Canada.

    Comment by Darren a/k/a Clare's Dad | May 10, 2007 | Reply

  4. Angela: Agh! I sincerely hope you are WRONG, wrong, wrong about the trouble possibly being internal. Ugh.

    Dani: I’ve seen the battery slowly fading, but since I essentially never use it on battery (except to discharge the battery at intervals so as to maintain its charge), I didn’t really care. The combination of no battery and unreliable cord, though? Deadly!

    Darren: I did, indeed, and got almost as much fun out of hearing myself called “ma’am” in that charming southern way as I do hearing myself called “madam” in that lovely French way by the francophones in this city.

    The email I received which gave me the number to call warned me that ‘due to high call volume’ there’d be a longish wait. In fact, he picked up the phone on the second ring, just as I was settling in with the book I had ready to while away the time.

    Comment by MaryP | May 11, 2007 | Reply

  5. I sincerely hope that’s not the case as well. I was in denial through three (yes, 3!) power cords before I finally gave in…

    Comment by Angela | May 12, 2007 | Reply

  6. Wow! I’m with Darren–I get connected to India everytime–I’m convinced.
    Of course, I’ve mentioned before how technologically challenged I am so they’re always laughing (politely, of course) as they solve my crisis! I’m glad I can make someone smile a million miles away…

    Comment by LoryKC | May 12, 2007 | Reply

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