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Post by veryolfart on Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:20 pm

Okay folks, I really need some help here. It seems as though I spilled some coffee into my CD/DVD drive. That little slide out cup holder won't come out now. I tried to take it apart but haven't had much luck.. The wife took it to a computer geek and he wanted to charge her $200 to "see if I can fix it." That's $200 just to "See"? If he finds something, it could be another $200 to "Fix" it. Heck, for that amount of money, I'll just go buy a new one. Unless one of you computer whizzes out there can give me some helpful advice. I was thinking of just spraying some WD40 in there and see what would happen. confused
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Post by Jj-B Owner on Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:20 pm

veryolfart wrote:Okay folks, I really need some help here. It seems as though I spilled some coffee into my CD/DVD drive. That little slide out cup holder won't come out now. I tried to take it apart but haven't had much luck.. The wife took it to a computer geek and he wanted to charge her $200 to "see if I can fix it." That's $200 just to "See"? If he finds something, it could be another $200 to "Fix" it. Heck, for that amount of money, I'll just go buy a new one. Unless one of you computer whizzes out there can give me some helpful advice. I was thinking of just spraying some WD40 in there and see what would happen. confused

Wait, what? $200 just 'to see'? affraid

Wow, I'm in the wrong business!!!! If it's a laptop, it would have been cheaper to just go on Amazon or to Best Buy and get a new one and a whole lot cheaper. Wow ... I do not even have the integrity to charge to look at simple problems. Now, yes more complicated ones I do charge a set $50.00, but that is not just to see if a CD is working or not. I would have just told you. "Sir this is not a coffee cup holder. You need to go buy a new one and use it for only CD & DVD's and not your coffee cup!" Shocked

What is the Make and Model of the LAPTOP?
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Post by veryolfart on Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:14 pm

The lap-top is a Toshibi Satellite. My wife did not have the guy look at it. She just picked it back up off the counter and came home. You are right about just buying a new one. Both my daughters and their husbands are tech people and just shake their heads over someof the dumb stuff I do. One daughter asked me if I still had the box the lap top came in. I asked her why. She told me to p;ut it back in the box and take it to the store where I got it and tell the salesman that he had no right to sell a computer to someone a dumb as you. Now, that really cuts to the heart. Heck, I've got two Master's degrees and can even use a slide rule.
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Post by mrsd1963 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:10 pm

Not gonna offer any advice. I screwed up a tv trying to solder the antenna (that stuff drips and went onto thingys it shouldn't have), did fix a vcr when the tape wouldn't come out.............well sort of fixed it.........then it just ate the tapes, and messed up a sterio that a cd got stuck in. And my knowledge of computers is even worse. Shocked
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Post by Jj-B Owner on Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:05 pm

veryolfart wrote:The lap-top is a Toshibi Satellite. My wife did not have the guy look at it. She just picked it back up off the counter and came home. You are right about just buying a new one. Both my daughters and their husbands are tech people and just shake their heads over someof the dumb stuff I do. One daughter asked me if I still had the box the lap top came in. I asked her why. She told me to p;ut it back in the box and take it to the store where I got it and tell the salesman that he had no right to sell a computer to someone a dumb as you. Now, that really cuts to the heart. Heck, I've got two Master's degrees and can even use a slide rule.

That's okay - I have a couple of degrees too and Slide Rules never made any sense to me and still don't. I had one client pull his out, to 'calculate' and by the time he had it out of the desk I had the answer w/a pad and pencil. He was NOT happy. Oh well ....
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Post by veryolfart on Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:35 pm

I just thought of a solution. Is it possible to get a CD/DVD drive that plugs into a ASB port and just bypass the old one? Kinda like a travel-drive set-up, I would think. Just leave the old one stuck shut. It sure beats spending good money, IMHO. It pays to be cheap.
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Post by mrsd1963 on Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:45 pm

Gee, I don't know? I have a 2nd computer that the cd/dvd doesn't work but use a usb to get some things onto it that I don't want to lose so let us know. Being portable would be good cause I've had other computers that had them go out.
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Post by veryolfart on Wed Jul 25, 2012 1:12 pm

My daughter came over and took apart the lap top. She removed the drive unit and is buying me a new one. I asked about the USB port idea and she said that it could work. She said something about changing something in the program to to let it know and accept the new one you would plug in. She used words that I don't understand to describe the process, (not me). It sounds simple enough, I guess. When she was working on the thing, she told me that the coffee had gotten within an eighth inch from "The main Brains" of the system and that if that had happened, "It's fried" affraid
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Post by mrsd1963 on Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:07 pm

Uh oh, sounds like you spilled more than a few drops. Glad it didn't get to the "brains".
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Post by veryolfart on Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:02 pm

it was a whole cup of fresh ground Columbian French Roast (espresso)with Irish Cream. Crying or Very sad
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Post by Jj-B Owner on Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:00 pm

veryolfart wrote:My daughter came over and took apart the lap top. She removed the drive unit and is buying me a new one. I asked about the USB port idea and she said that it could work. She said something about changing something in the program to to let it know and accept the new one you would plug in. She used words that I don't understand to describe the process, (not me). It sounds simple enough, I guess. When she was working on the thing, she told me that the coffee had gotten within an eighth inch from "The main Brains" of the system and that if that had happened, "It's fried" affraid

Gosh, and I want the results of the coffee in my brain, because it is well ... not working (fried) first thing in the AM Sleep ... I think we need a computer that understands the GOOD in COFFEE.

Maybe, just maybe it would have been 'fried' because it was such a good roast of coffee???? Question
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Post by remarKEd on Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:22 pm

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veryolfart wrote:The lap-top is a Toshibi Satellite. My wife did not have the guy look at it. She just picked it back up off the counter and came home. You are right about just buying a new one. Both my daughters and their husbands are tech people and just shake their heads over someof the dumb stuff I do. One daughter asked me if I still had the box the lap top came in. I asked her why. She told me to p;ut it back in the box and take it to the store where I got it and tell the salesman that he had no right to sell a computer to someone a dumb as you. Now, that really cuts to the heart. Heck, I've got two Master's degrees and can even use a slide rule.

That's okay - I have a couple of degrees too and Slide Rules never made any sense to me and still don't. I had one client pull his out, to 'calculate' and by the time he had it out of the desk I had the answer w/a pad and pencil. He was NOT happy. Oh well ....



Ahhhh, yes, a slide ruler, I had to use them. I don't remember how now.

This reminds me of the constipated mathematian, he tried to work it out with a slide rule.
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Post by veryolfart on Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:16 pm

remarKEd wrote:
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veryolfart wrote:The lap-top is a Toshibi Satellite. My wife did not have the guy look at it. She just picked it back up off the counter and came home. You are right about just buying a new one. Both my daughters and their husbands are tech people and just shake their heads over someof the dumb stuff I do. One daughter asked me if I still had the box the lap top came in. I asked her why. She told me to p;ut it back in the box and take it to the store where I got it and tell the salesman that he had no right to sell a computer to someone a dumb as you. Now, that really cuts to the heart. Heck, I've got two Master's degrees and can even use a slide rule.

That's okay - I have a couple of degrees too and Slide Rules never made any sense to me and still don't. I had one client pull his out, to 'calculate' and by the time he had it out of the desk I had the answer w/a pad and pencil. He was NOT happy. Oh well ....



Ahhhh, yes, a slide ruler, I had to use them. I don't remember how now.

This reminds me of the constipated mathematian, he tried to work it out with a slide rule.



Ya remember that triangled shaped archetect ruler we use to draw to scale? I remember a girl in one of my classes who got frustrated and stood up and yelled "Has anyone seen my French Curve." Half the guys in the class lost control of themselves in hopes that they would see a strip tease act. Man, it took me about 10 minutes to get control of the class. The poor girl thought about what see had said and quietly left the classroom that day. Embarassed
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Post by remarKEd on Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:50 pm

veryolfart wrote:
remarKEd wrote:
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veryolfart wrote:The lap-top is a Toshibi Satellite. My wife did not have the guy look at it. She just picked it back up off the counter and came home. You are right about just buying a new one. Both my daughters and their husbands are tech people and just shake their heads over someof the dumb stuff I do. One daughter asked me if I still had the box the lap top came in. I asked her why. She told me to p;ut it back in the box and take it to the store where I got it and tell the salesman that he had no right to sell a computer to someone a dumb as you. Now, that really cuts to the heart. Heck, I've got two Master's degrees and can even use a slide rule.

That's okay - I have a couple of degrees too and Slide Rules never made any sense to me and still don't. I had one client pull his out, to 'calculate' and by the time he had it out of the desk I had the answer w/a pad and pencil. He was NOT happy. Oh well ....



Ahhhh, yes, a slide ruler, I had to use them. I don't remember how now.

This reminds me of the constipated mathematian, he tried to work it out with a slide rule.



Ya remember that triangled shaped archetect ruler we use to draw to scale? I remember a girl in one of my classes who got frustrated and stood up and yelled "Has anyone seen my French Curve." Half the guys in the class lost control of themselves in hopes that they would see a strip tease act. Man, it took me about 10 minutes to get control of the class. The poor girl thought about what see had said and quietly left the classroom that day. Embarassed



We had a girl who had made a cake in Foods 2 and brought it to homeroom.

As she carried it down the aisle, she was asking if anyone wanted a piece.cheers lol!
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Post by veryolfart on Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:11 pm

Well folks, the lap top coffee holder has not been replaced yet. My daughter has been too busy. I ran out of ink for the printer and went to Office Depot to get new ones. I usually refill them at least two times, but now I needed new ones. The Canon take #40 & #41 cartriges. The Canon ones were really expensive, so I bougth the Office Depot ones. When I put them into the printer and ran it through its paces to clean and reset, I then tried to print out a document. The paper shot through but no ink. So, I scanned a copy and the printer did just fine: scanned and printed the thing just great. But it won't take anything from the computer. Any Ideas out there you geeks can help with. In my opinion I'm just going to buy a new printer. It's kinda like one of my daughters who thinks she needs a new car whenever the oil needs changed; I kid you not!!!
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Post by Jj-B Owner on Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:23 pm

veryolfart wrote:Well folks, the lap top coffee holder has not been replaced yet. My daughter has been too busy. I ran out of ink for the printer and went to Office Depot to get new ones. I usually refill them at least two times, but now I needed new ones. The Canon take #40 & #41 cartriges. The Canon ones were really expensive, so I bougth the Office Depot ones. When I put them into the printer and ran it through its paces to clean and reset, I then tried to print out a document. The paper shot through but no ink. So, I scanned a copy and the printer did just fine: scanned and printed the thing just great. But it won't take anything from the computer. Any Ideas out there you geeks can help with. In my opinion I'm just going to buy a new printer. It's kinda like one of my daughters who thinks she needs a new car whenever the oil needs changed; I kid you not!!!

It sounds like a driver issue and/or ... and I actually had this happen. The person had the font color set to "WHITE" w/out knowing it. The font showed "BLACK", but the default print color was "WHITE" ... it actually took me some time to figure this one out .... I laughed once I figured it out. Who would have thought??
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Post by mrsd1963 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:58 pm

Maybe reinstall the printer with the CD that came with it.........Uhoh; I forgot the coffee holder isn't replaced yet. (laughing) Razz
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Post by veryolfart on Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:26 pm

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veryolfart wrote:Well folks, the lap top coffee holder has not been replaced yet. My daughter has been too busy. I ran out of ink for the printer and went to Office Depot to get new ones. I usually refill them at least two times, but now I needed new ones. The Canon take #40 & #41 cartriges. The Canon ones were really expensive, so I bougth the Office Depot ones. When I put them into the printer and ran it through its paces to clean and reset, I then tried to print out a document. The paper shot through but no ink. So, I scanned a copy and the printer did just fine: scanned and printed the thing just great. But it won't take anything from the computer. Any Ideas out there you geeks can help with. In my opinion I'm just going to buy a new printer. It's kinda like one of my daughters who thinks she needs a new car whenever the oil needs changed; I kid you not!!!

It sounds like a driver issue and/or ... and I actually had this happen. The person had the font color set to "WHITE" w/out knowing it. The font showed "BLACK", but the default print color was "WHITE" ... it actually took me some time to figure this one out .... I laughed once I figured it out. Who would have thought??



Isn't "White" ink called "White out"? Maybe that's what I bought by mistake. I'll go back and check my default setting for font color anyway. So, how come it would scan and print a doc without being "white"?
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veryolfart wrote:
Jj-B Owner wrote:
veryolfart wrote:Well folks, the lap top coffee holder has not been replaced yet. My daughter has been too busy. I ran out of ink for the printer and went to Office Depot to get new ones. I usually refill them at least two times, but now I needed new ones. The Canon take #40 & #41 cartriges. The Canon ones were really expensive, so I bougth the Office Depot ones. When I put them into the printer and ran it through its paces to clean and reset, I then tried to print out a document. The paper shot through but no ink. So, I scanned a copy and the printer did just fine: scanned and printed the thing just great. But it won't take anything from the computer. Any Ideas out there you geeks can help with. In my opinion I'm just going to buy a new printer. It's kinda like one of my daughters who thinks she needs a new car whenever the oil needs changed; I kid you not!!!

It sounds like a driver issue and/or ... and I actually had this happen. The person had the font color set to "WHITE" w/out knowing it. The font showed "BLACK", but the default print color was "WHITE" ... it actually took me some time to figure this one out .... I laughed once I figured it out. Who would have thought??



Isn't "White" ink called "White out"? Maybe that's what I bought by mistake. I'll go back and check my default setting for font color anyway. So, how come it would scan and print a doc without being "white"?

Also check the default settings for the software that you were printing w/that came out "blank" ... the scanned document may have easily over ruled the default settings. Understand I'm throwing out possibilities here ... based on prior experiences. I could easily be OTL ....
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Post by veryolfart on Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:05 pm

It's so nice to have a highly skilled techie as a daughter. She put the coffee holder back in last night. I told her about the printer problem. Here's how she explained it to my. "Dad, when I took out the CD/DVD unit, it cause a 'hole' to appear in the start-up process. When you turned on the computer, it goes through a check list and when it came to looking for the 'coffee holder', it blocked the part of the code that included activating the ink jets. (Early stages of Dimentia). When I put the CD/DVD drive back in, the computer said ' okay now I see it' and everything now works just fine. I asked about why it would scan and print and she told me my printer is a "Stand alone" unit" for doing this kind of stuff and doesn't need the CPU (????). I didn't ask what that was. Information over load. I made it through college with just a pencil and a Bic pen. Embarassed
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Post by mrsd1963 on Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:04 pm

Glad you (she) got it up and running. cheers
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