25.7.07

I'm going slightly mad

After all, I've spent the last three days staring obsessively at the top right-hand corner of my laptop screen, pondering the mysteries of why the battery/power icon keeps changing whimsically from one to the other --- charging, not charging, charging, not charging --- even though I didn't touch the charger cable. This, even after I gave in and coughed up $144.40 to buy a new charger.

Needless to say, it has been impossible to do any real work. All I do is jiggle the point where the charger connects to the laptop and swear a lot. And yell at the cat when he decides that's the best time to start doing mad dashes under the table. And pray fervently to some unnamed deity when the icon switches to a "charging" symbol that it will stay that way. And swear more when it doesn't.

Fortunately, Wahj is coming to the rescue by loaning me his spare iBook, so that I can still keep up with work when I send this one to the shop. I was hoping to wait till I was on vacation to send it in, but it looks like I'll have to make that trek up to Yio Chu Kang this week. The bloody thing has refused to charge this morning, except for a few tantalizing seconds when it flickers to the "Calculating..." symbol, and now I am down to my last two hours of battery.

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3 Comments:

At 7/25/2007 6:37 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, was your battery under recall? apparently, this is a known issue with some ibook/powerbook batteries. who knows, you might even get a free battery. :-)

wes

 
At 7/25/2007 10:27 pm , Blogger Tym said...

I already exchanged my battery last year. Fairly certain it's a connection problem, but we'll see what the Apple repair centre says.

 
At 7/26/2007 9:39 am , Blogger ampulets said...

when J told me about your laptop, i first thought to lend you my ibook, then i thought I better go back up my files since we bought our ibooks about the same time. But you know what - my laptop also kena some problem! It goes on safe boot after a v long start-up time, then starts behaving all weird! Have to also call applecare today and send it in for a check now.
Chun Chun jia bee hoon.

 

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