I was not able to blog last June primarily because ….
- I had a ton of work
- My laptop charger broke
Let me tell you a bit of both in this post.
New Part-Time Work – Yay!
Last June 1, I started a new part-time work. I was actually surprised to be contacted via LinkedIn by a local company about two months ago. They were looking for writers and they found my profile on LinkedIn. I never really thought that it was gonna be a real deal.
After a face-to-face meeting, I was hired as a writer. It’s still a work I get to do at home with just 2 or 3 face-to-face meetings per month. This is a good set-up for me as I do not want to commute to work everyday.
Aside from that gig, I still have some online work to do. So, I had my plate full last month. The kids were still on vacation until mid-June, so I still needed to look after them a bit. Ate Kristel was a big help to me. I’m so glad she was able to cover their books and notebooks and prepare the materials they needed for school.
My Laptop Charger Broke – Hu Hu
With the volume of work I had to deal with, it was very untimely that my Acer Aspire 4752 laptop charger broke. I was hoping to find a replacement on Lazada, but I was hesitant to buy because of compatibility issues. I went to an Acer service center near our place, but they had no available unit at the time. Later, I was informed that the replacement charger would cost P2,500 and I had to wait 2 or 3 weeks to get it. I did not order the battery charger from them because I thought it was very expensive.
|I used my husband's Macbook for the meantime. Image from Flickr, CC BY 2.0|
For the meantime, I used by husband’s Macbook to write the articles. But, unfortunately, his charger or his unit failed to charge also. My last resort was to use my kids’ notebook. My only problem with the unit is it was very slow.
I can’t believe that all our computers are so unreliable at this very desperate time. My husband and I decided that we will now buy a new desktop. We had one but it broke in 2012 because of a power surge during a thunderstorm. We were not able to get it fixed.
Gilmore – the Go-to Shopping area for anything Computer-relatedMy husband asked around where is the best place to buy a new desktop – somewhere that offers many options at an affordable price. A friend at church suggested going to Gilmore Street (intersecting Aurora Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City). He says that there are many shops selling computer and accessories there.
My husband asked an I.T. friend to go with him to Gilmore to find a good desktop. He also brought my laptop and charger to look for a battery charger as well. They were out for maybe 4 or 5 hours. Maybe it’s because of the traffic.
I, including my children, were looking forward to having a new desktop. But when hubby came home, there was no desktop. All he showed me was a paper with the details of a computer desktop unit with good specifications. I think he liked the P25,000 desktop unit.
But the good news is he found my Acer laptop a new battery charger. It only costs P700. He also had my laptop cleaned for P500. He said it was really dusty inside and the built-in fan is not working. That may be the reason why sometimes my computer suddenly shuts down. Anyway, now the fan is working. Below is a video on how to clean a laptop to remind and teach me how to clean my laptop properly.
Another bonus is he bought my laptop a new keypad. You see, the letter O has been missing for more than a year now. I just used the copy-paste function and the virtual keyboard whenever I wrote articles. I wanted to have the keyboard replaced before at SM Megamall Cyberzone, but I backed out because the computer shop there is charging me P2,500 for it. I was thinking of just buying the replacement keyboard on Lazada for P1000+ and installing it on my own, but did not have a chance to do it. It’s a good thing I did not get it fixed yet because the computer shop at Gilmore replaced my keyboard for just P900.
Got the Windows 10 Upgrade for Free – Finally!So, now I have an Acer Aspire laptop that looks like new. To top that, I finally got the free Windows 10 upgrade from Windows 7 to work. I’ve been trying to upgrade since last year but the process always fails. Last week, I was reminded to try it again and it worked.
After the upgrade, I thought that I lost all my files. I almost panicked. The Windows Upgrade Assistant said that all my files will be where they are after the upgrade, but then they were all gone when I opened my computer.
I browsed through all the files and later on found them. Then, when I shut down my computer, there was a final update and when I opened my computer, lo and behold, all my files are back where they are supposed to be.
Great! Now, I can continue doing my thing more efficiently.
Do you know any other place where to buy computer replacement parts, like battery chargers, keyboards, LCD screens, etc? Please share your information in the comments below to help fellow readers shop for affordable computer/laptop replacement parts.