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Was I on Vacation? Or Was I Somewhere Else?

Updated on May 23, 2016

What actually happened and what I did.

One day - back in October, 2015 - I suddenly received a black screen on my monitor and did not know what had happened or what I should do about it.

Not being a computer buff - nor having a computer to use at the present - I got out the PC books that I do have and began reading. After days, or should I say weeks, of reading, writing and testing, I narrowed it down {as far as I thought} to the monitor and/or cables. It/they were shot and I needed replacement(s), but was unable to afford any at the time.

Problem #1, solved - problem #2 pops up

I could not view an email and the message said to check my proxy and/or firewall - which I did. The solution that came up mentioned something about refreshing the PC which I was unsure what it was but I did it. It turned out that many files and programs were 'removed' because of it.

I still have access to them but I have to reinstall them all. It will take some time and I have to decide which ones should actually be deleted in the process.

Here is what I looked at each day

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How I handled it for months

At first for a couple of months I was not using the PC. Then for several months I was doing what I believe was called "manually degaussing" with the monitor until it was so shot it was only staying lit for about one to three seconds at a time. This was too short of a time for me to do anything so finally after about eight months I decided to somehow purchase a new monitor and/or cables to see what was the problem. Hopefully I would not have to do any further exploring.

I finally decided to do something about this

I could not go on like this. For one thing I was just beginning to look into the possibility of working at home online. For seven months that is one other thing that I had been doing without.

When I went to a doctor appointment, it came up in relation to something we were discussing. In short - I ended up getting my monitor for free! I hooked it up hoping that I had been correct all of this time about what the problem was. I was correct and here I am. I have been trying to catch up on everything. Such as several email sites, Twitter, Pinterest, and good ol'Hub Pages. I am still refreshing myself on how things worked when I left so give me time. My Hubs may not be written very well yet.

Good news and bad news

After I hooked up my "new" monitor, I could not believe that after all those months of not being anywhere all of those sites I still had followers! The only problem is PayPal. They need some info and my printer is out. It was gone before the monitor. I am still trying to figure out what to do about them.

Now I see a regular screen again

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Vote from 1-10 your opinion on how well this Hub is for a first one.

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      The Examiner-1 15 months ago

      Perhaps you can says 'it was just a computer problem' but to me it was much more. Trying to solve it and replace it was irritating. Then thinking about all of the things happening online while I was gone had me wondering - "Can I heal/answer them all in time?"

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      Deb Hirt 16 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad to see that you have returned. I was thinking about you often and hoping that all was well. It is refreshing to know that it was just a computer problem.

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      The Examiner-1 16 months ago

      You also get a big "thank you very much" Genna. It is good to be back. I intend to be writing Hubs again as soon as I have caught up on everything here and other sites that I got behind on. For instance here several of my previous Hubs need 'updating'.

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      Genna East 16 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      i have to agree with Ruby. "A 10!" Good to see you.

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      The Examiner-1 16 months ago

      Well, I did have to read my books and try to check Google -when I could. I tried to do my best and was not sure that I was correct until I had some type of verification.

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      It is wonderful that you have been able to figure out all of the computer inner workings by yourself by reading and studying what to do. We have had a person help us when we get stuck with a problem. It is frustrating when things like this come along. Glad you are back in the swing of things again.

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      The Examiner-1 16 months ago

      No, I know when the server is down. This was resetting the entire computer or something. Luckily the programs/files are still listed and I just have take the time to reinstall them. I did not know what the process would do. I found out!

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      Ann Carr 16 months ago from SW England

      What a pain! Maybe it's the server if the internet is down? I know nothing about the technical stuff so don't take any notice of that! Hope it returns.

      Ann

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      The Examiner-1 16 months ago

      Well it did, I could not afford to replace it.. I have my monitor back but now I have reset my PC trying to fix a few program problems and have to reopen/reset quite a few programs. I did not even have the Internet this morning. Ugh.

      Kevin

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      Ann Carr 16 months ago from SW England

      I wondered where you'd got to! Isn't it awful when your computer lets you down? I've been away and didn't have wifi for 3 weeks - that was bad enough! I didn't realise such annoying problems as yours could exist for so long.

      Let's hope we'll see a few more hubs from you now; hope your computer doesn't let you down again. Interesting descriptions from you in this one.

      Ann

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      The Examiner-1 16 months ago

      You could say that I did. At first it bugged me, then I went through a time of 'let it go' and then I decided that I had to do something.

      Thank you though for the compliments.

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      Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton

      it looks as if you went through an ordeal alright, glad you are back.. I rated this hub a seven... awesome my friend :)

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      Linda Robinson 16 months ago from Cicero, New York

      Thanks so much, excellent advice and always welcomed. :)

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      The Examiner-1 16 months ago

      Linda, I have to get back into the 'rhythm' of HubPages and start reading all of your, and others, Hubs. I am still trying to read all of my emails, etc., that have backed up.

      I forgot to mention that constant manual degaussing wears down your monitor and is not recommended. Only do it once or twice when needed.

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      Linda Robinson 16 months ago from Cicero, New York

      Good Morning to The Examiner 1, all you did it so well. Your words were very descriptive. So glad to be following you and glad to have you back. :) And happy hubbing. Hope that you may be interested in some of my topics too. :) Take care and enjoy your day. Linda

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      The Examiner-1 16 months ago

      Hi Jodah, it is good to be back. I had thought at one point about getting a tablet {for about $37} to substitute until I could afford a new monitor. I thought twice about it and now I am glad that I did. I should get an inexpensive monitor [when I can] for backup. I had everything else. The one thing that I needed I did not have.

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      The Examiner-1 16 months ago

      Thank you very much Linda! I did not realize that I was that descriptive in something I had not intended to be. I was only trying to write Hub with enough words to describe where I had been all of this time. I had not forgotten about you all!!

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      John Hansen 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Kevin, good to have you back. I thought you must have found greener grasses elsewhere. I too am lost if I can't use a computer....my power cable died a few months back and I had to resort to using an iPad for everything.(at least I had that)..but there are a lot o things you can't do on them that you can on a computer.

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      Linda Robinson 16 months ago from Cicero, New York

      Hello Examiner-1 A terrific hub. Love the detailed explanations and it was interesting and very helpful. :) And excellent information for others to be aware of if they run into the same problems. Linda

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      The Examiner-1 16 months ago

      Thank you very much! I could not wait to get back - it was getting irritating trying to figure out what to do.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 16 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I gave you a 10 and I missed you. I thought possibly you had gone to another site. Good to see you....