A troubling weekend

Last weekend my laptop passed away rather violently.
It actually made a loud noise when it died (as if something snapped inside), which scared the hell out of me.
It’s been dead ever since, no response to the charger, and I don’t trust the insides of the device anymore.
It really upset me, I was in tears, because I fear I’ve lost a lot of data yet again.
I had bought an external hard drive to put backups on, and I had planned to do that this weekend, but before I could start on making the backups the laptop just died on me.

It’s been a hell of a weekend anyway. On Friday I had huge issues installing a piece of software, that should’ve been click and done.
On Saturday my digital tv decoder broke, and on Sunday my laptop died.

The digital tv thing has been sorted with a new-ish decoder.
The software issue is still lingering, but without a laptop, it’s no use installing it.
And a new laptop is due to arrive today.
So lets hope that my bad tech-karma has righted itself. I’m still not sure what I did to have deserved this much pain in one weekend.

Digital tv decoder broken

A broken tv decoder isn’t funny.

This evening, I turned on the tv, initially actually to play some Wii games, but immediately I noticed something weird. The tv showed that I had no tv-signal. So I grabbed the remote of my decoder and tried flipping channels, but that didn’t work.
I figured that maybe the batteries had drained, so I fetched some new ones. put them in the remote, only to find that it clearly wasn’t the remote.

Then I unplugged the decoder, figuring that maybe it had crashed for some reason (not a rare occurence), upon plugging it back in, it still showed the same “No Signal” error, but worse still, it still wouldn’t recognize the remote.

I called the helldesk, and they had me go through a similar set of instructions, with the only addition to also disconnect the antenna cable and leave it disconnected.
On their instruction is plugged it back into the power socket, with the antenna disconnected, but that still had the same result.

The decoder is too old for service, so I’ll have to buy a new one. (I don’t think that repairing it would’ve made much sense anyway.) So tomorrow I’ll be trolling the Mediamarkt for a new decoder. 🙂