Thursday, January 8, 2009

Not Again!!!!

Right around Christmas I started having problems with the keyboard on this evil machine. I would be typing along nice as could be when all of a sudden I would see something like this …wago ot cntfge wng kop... Whaaaat?? The keyboard evidently was tired and would only work when it wanted to, not when I wanted it to. Not liking where this was heading I immediately e-mailed FD#4, aka Computer Whiz, looking for a little help. Actually a lot of help. That message looked something like this. “Hlp. Keboad nt wkg”.

Being the astute, caring daughter that she is, she immediately called me (when she got around to reading her messages) thinking that dear old mom was having a stroke. When I explained that I wasn’t the one having the stroke, the computer was, she gave a huge sigh of relief. Or maybe it was a huge sigh of exasperation that I was needing help with the stupid thing again. The jury’s still out on that one.

So anyway, here’s me in Ohio expecting a one click fix, (she is the Whiz after all) and there’s her in Arizona not being able to see what I’m trying to tell her. After going through the obvious fixes (obvious for her of course but not obvious for me, since obviously I would had tried those first before bothering her) and nothing is working. After much clicking and turning off and starting and offing and a lot of this, that, and the other thing she finally said she would have to do some research and call me back.

While waiting over on this side, I checked through the manual and could find nothing even remotely close to “when keyboard is acting like a pain in the butt, try this”. Throwing down the manual, I decided to clean the keyboard instead. Vacuum, wipe, brush, vacuum, compressed air, vacuum……….finally giving up and turning the darn thing off completely.

A short while later, not content to just sit it out and wait, (although I have many virtues, patience is not one of them) I turned the THING back on again and the keyboard was now working. Typing very slowly, I tried all the keys and they all worked. Not really believing it, I kept typing and typing. Still working. I then sent the Whiz? another e-mail telling her the good news. She could stop researching, everything was working fine now, no more problems, and although I couldn’t hear the sigh this time, I’m pretty sure there was one.

This morning…sdg giou thnt cpue dnko donwk stdp….

So if you don’t hear anything from me for a while, or I post comments on your blogs that don’t make any sense, you’ll know why.
#%$$#^@## COMPUTER (that one was me, not the keyboard)


Not Very Anonymous Mom said...



Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I ounrstnd u r having prublm,s.



Roses and Lilacs said...

When I get stuff like that it's always operator error--or as the geeks say the problem exists between the chair and the keyboard;) Of course I'm not suggesting this is your problem;)

Anonymous said...

Tooooooooo many beers?????
You know, keyboards are cheap!!!!
FL Brat

Rudee said...

Very annoying. I've been having trouble late at night when my macbook tells me I'm not connected to the internet. What? The Dell is, why isn't mine? It's maddening and only seems to happen at night or when both laptops are being used at the same time. When my daughter brings her mac over and 3 are in use, I can't be online at all.

By the way, it could be that you need a new keyboard. If you have a laptop, you could buy a keyboard and plug it in on one of the side ports.

Anonymous said...

I have similar problems so I'm no help to you. When I do get every thing working properly, I won't have excuses for my poor typing any longer! xmkllsiiieihy

Dog_geek said...

Perhaps you just haven't had enough coffee. Or maybe the computer hasn't had enough coffee. I know I don't use all my letters well if I haven't had enough. But anyway, new keyboards are cheap, you know!

Susie said...

What's that? I didn't understand you!!!

Girl, you crack me up!!!

flydragon said...

Hey, that's just what I said, too.

No, no problems at all. Why would you think that? I think you might have one though.

I think maybe that's exactly what you're suggesting. And I wish that was the problem, cause at least that sounds fixable.

fla brat,
Not enough beers!!

No laptop here. One time my computer told me I didn't even exist so no way was I getting on the internet. I had to pinch myself really hard to make sure I did indeed exist. Still have the black and blue mark.

I totally agree. wifhifgg;o

Believe me, today I had plenty of coffee. Way more than was necessary so I can't blame it on that, this time. I'll have to look around for something/someone else to pin the blame on.

I'm feeling a bit cracked up myself about now, and not in a good way:)

T said...

Hmmm, and here I have been blaming my poor typing on my eye sight, thinking I might need glasses. Now I know it is just this darn keyboard. I feel better already!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Go to Wal Mart..purchase a new keyboard..I got a new one for Far Guy 14.99 works like a charm! :)

Betty said...

I came over from Dog_Geek and I'm so glad I did! You are just too, too funny and I'm always up for a good laugh!

flydragon said...

Hey T, I'm glad my problem solved one of yours. Always happy to be of help:)

I actually did buy one today so it's on it's way. Well, not quite on it's way yet, but soon. Hopefully that will take care of the pesky problem.

Hi Betty,
Glad you stopped by for a few laughs at my expense. Hope you come back again.

Di said...

Hope your new keyboard is as funny as your old one. Many virtues huh? Okkaaaaay...

flydragon said...

I never considered that the keyboard is the one with the humor and not me. Oh oh.
And you're right. I should have said "many, many" virtues.

Rose said...

Don't even get me started on computer problems! You've lucky to have a computer whiz in the family; I have to call a tech or use the online help who always ask first, "Is the computer plugged in? Is the computer turned on?" I may be computer illiterate, but I'm not that dumb!
I had some keyboard problems after I knocked over a cup of tea on it. Is there something sticky in the keys?

flydragon said...

You're right. A computer whiz in the family is great, better when she lived in the same house though. And she is too polite to ask if it's plugged in, so I volunteer that information right at the beginning, just in case she's thinking it:)
I've never spilled anything on it so I don't think it's that, but doesn't matter now, because the new one arrived this morning. Now to connect it...guess I'll be e-mailing what's her name again.

Brenda said...

Followed over here from Rudee's blog. Many of us are having computer problems lately. Our printers go on when no one is even near the computer. ???? Can't figure them out sometimes.

TC said...

Sounds like it might be time for some new keys for your keyboard. Oh, wait a can't just buy the keys, you have to buy the entire board. What a rip-off! ;~P

flydragon said...

Hi Brenda,
Glad you stopped by. (Rudee's one of my favorites)
Printers going on by themselves?? Now that's weird!! Maybe that's why my keyboard is so tired. Typing away in the middle of the night??

Not like just changing one guitar string when it breaks is it. Darn.

Not Very Anonymous Mom said...

sniff, sob. guess you don't need me as much as i thought!

now. about arizona....

flydragon said...

Dry your eyes twinkle toes, I'm saving you for bigger stuff.

spookydragonfly said...

I don't think I've ever laughed so hard at 6:20 a.m.!! You sound just like me...and I call my son the whiz, three counties away always asking for help! By the way, I love the comment from anonymous! That would be something my kids or brother would say to me!! You just made my day! Great post!

flydragon said...

Hey Spooky,
Nothing beats starting a day off with a hearty laugh, especially when it's on someone else. Glad I could help you out with that.
And that anonymous comment was from one of my kids:)

The Crusty Crone said...

"Hi Betty,
Glad you stopped by for a few laughs at my expense. Hope you come back again."

BWAH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! ohgawd, that felt good.

Oh... Hi. Rudee sent me over to check you out. I guess she wanted confirmation that you were for real.

Glad to hear you've got a new keyboard coming...I've never heard of the problem you described but then again I barely know where the 'on' button is.

I'm off to read some more of your blog. Hope you don't mind.

flydragon said...

Hi Crusty,
I'm glad Rudee sent you over, and you're welcome to read as much as you can stand.
Keyboard's here and hooked up. Now if this one starts to type like this... dhgh dkjagh slyko stpdu...then we know something worse is going on.

kathi dunphy said...

What would we do without our computer whiz kids? My boys were born with a computer understanding gene that I dont have. However I did fix my keyboard by turning it upside down and banging the cookie crumbs out of it.

flydragon said...

lol, I did turn mine upside down too and gave it a few thumps. I was surprised at the little goodies that fell out, but alas, it did't solve the problem:)

Anonymous said...

Just checking in to see if you are still having problems with the computer/keyboard. We miss our daily smile when you are away!

flydragon said...

What a sweetie you are, and evidently a night owl too, judging from the time on your comment:) I did hook the new keyboard up yesterday and that seems to be working just fine. Now if I could only have such an easy fix for my brain, I'd be posting away. But I'm working on fixing that too, so hopefully I'll think of a new post soon:)

troutbirder said...

What a wry sense of humor. Enjoyed immensely.

flydragon said...

Hi troutbirder,
Thanks for stopping over. And I see from your blog, your sense of humor is pretty much the same as mine. Great minds think alike, don't we:)

Kylee said...

Next time it starts doing that, check to see if it's typing backwards. Recently, I had mine start doing that (sort of backwards), out of the blue and the only way to stop it was to restart the computer.

I suspect it has something to do with the control or function key and that I accidentally hit it while hitting another key, but I type so fast, I have no idea what that other key might be.

Here is a recent sample I posted on a message board:

Can n eplinhi o me?tst axeoyna

What I typed was: Can anyone explain this to me?

It looks like I hit whatever it was after I typed the first word. My son-in-law is on the Geek Squad at Best Buy and he said he's never heard of this. He's managed to fix anything else I've ever had a problem with though.

I think our computers are haunted. Remember "Little Computer People"? I loved that software!

Kylee said...

Oh, by the way, I've added a link to your blog on my "Ohio Gardening Blogs" list! :-)

KALI said...

funny blog, flydragon!

better go to the nearest computer shop and buy a new keyboard before the 'disease' attacks!!!

better be ready... a lot of people will miss your blog!


flydragon said...

lol, typing backwards. Now that's really strange. At first I did think that I hit some combination of keys that was causing it but even after restarting it didn't work. I agree about the haunting...definitely little gremlins in there, getting bored, and deciding to cause havoc.
And thanks for adding me to your list!!

All fixed now, so no more #$@%&&