Sunday night, as I wrote, my laptop screen dimmed, alerting me to it being at 25%. So, I fiddled around for a few minutes, grabbed my power cord, and poof! My screen went black before I got the laptop plugged in. However, from 25% to dead was less than two minutes; because my fiddling meant getting up and grabbing something to drink and then lighting a cigarette before plugging in.
I was irritated to say the least. However, I got plugged in, everything up and running again, and started writing. I worked about 30 minutes when I moved wrong and unplugged the cord. And the screen went black, again, and this time, there was no saving what I had been working on. But I replugged in, rebooted, and hoped for the best.
That’s when I realized my battery wasn’t charging and the little battery indicator light was flashing. So, I went online to figure out how much a battery was going to set me back. Holy shit.
I’m using an Asus. It’s approximately 2 and a half years old. The laptop model is still available but the battery isn’t. So, Monday, I contacted Asus directly looking for my battery. It turns out, they had problems with these batteries, so they switched to a different battery. To replace it is going to cost me $200 for a new one. Or I can buy an unguaranteed used one for $50. The freakin’ laptop only cost me $250 on Amazon. The new, non-defective batteries don’t work in my model of laptop. So, I can spend $200 on a battery or I can suck it up and buy the laptop I actually want, which is about $800.
Until then, I’m going to have to be very careful. The writing program I use has an autosave function, but it slows my computer down exponentially. (It’s hard to write when the words are frozen on the screen by the autosave – it is the only downside to the program I have found though) And if it comes unplugged, I just lose everything I didn’t save.