An Ill-fitting Task
My first experience with computer hardware problems nearly cost me my high school sweetheart when I almost proved incompetent in repairing her computer. I almost lost my high school girlfriend because I could not repair her computer despite asserting that I could. I was not proficient in the use of computers leave alone repairing them. I always considered computers a bit geeky and did not harbor any interest or find any incentive to unravel their technical details.
Then one day, my girlfriend’s computer crashed. It just displayed a blue screen with many numbers and letters. Being the man in the relationship, naturally, the girl expected me to fix the problem. I had never handled a more perplexing technical anomaly in my life. I did not even know what to do and when I tried an online solution, the explanations seemed too many and too obscure for my mind.
However, one thing seemed consistent in all the explanations, the blue screen was mainly caused by hard disk failure or crash. In a bid to impress my girlfriend, I quickly related ‘my’ diagnosis to her when we were having ice cream at the mall and she suggested that we should buy a new hard disk immediately.
Although I was not sure of the diagnosis, I did not want to appear unsure to my girlfriend. We rushed to a computer shop and she quickly paid for a new hard disk. As I connected the new hard disk, I prayed that the machine would work and all my problems would vanish. However, the new hard disk did not even load the operating system; I was dumbfounded.
After struggling with the machine for about a week, my girlfriend started getting anxious and I became desperate. This was when I referred the matter to one of my best friends Joe and we decided to tackle the problem as a team. By this time, I had started dodging my girlfriend and she was shooting very uncomplimentary glances at me.
An Amazing Solution
After probing countless online resources, we stumbled across a very useful website called Suggest-A-Fix. The website was all about what its name suggests, it offered suggestions to fix computer problems. My friend suggested we post the problem on the website’s PC discussion support forums and await replies. After one day, we were flooded with suggestions regarding our problem. The most useful suggestion was that the two hard disks were faulty, the old one and the new one. We were instructed on how to test a hard disk using the computer’s BIOS system.
Upon testing both hard disks, the computer posted FAIL. I have never been so annoyed and disappointed in my life. I mean, I could not believe that me and my girlfriend had been duped into buying a faulty hard disk. I quickly returned to the computer shop and the owner got a real talk down. Any way, he replaced the hard disk and I left after testing the new hard disk in the store.
After inserting the hard disk into the machine and getting it to work again, I quickly returned it to my girlfriend and enjoyed a well earned thank you. As my girlfriend rambled on about my mechanical genius, I quietly thanked the discussion forum on the Suggest-A-Fix website.