As I walked up to the large automatic doors, they silently opened for me to walk through the entry way and into the huge building, where I was met by the security guard. He asked where I needed to go, and when I explained, he pointed off the the right. "The doctors are at the long desk down there. They are in the white shirts. They can help you," he said. I turned and walked towards the area he had indicated, and was greeted by a young man in the white shirt.
"When did the symptoms begin," he asked. I answered that it was just 2 days ago. He then asked what the symptoms were, and he wrote down my answers as we visited. He then tried revival, but after a few minutes, he pulled the plug. I watched as he entered the verdict on the appropriate line of the form. DOA, he wrote. DOA.
"DOA?" I exclaimed. "DOA? It can't be true! I've only had this computer for 18 months!"
But sadly, it seems to be true. The geeky guy in the white shirt thinks it may be the actual jack on the computer where the power cord plugs in. But he says they seldom blow out, but it could happen. His other thought was much more serious, a mother board blow out of some sort. The only way to find out is to send the computer in to the speciality hospital, where they will run tests to determine the diagnosis. If it's the lesser of the two evils, $150 or so, then they will fix it. If it's a more complicated issue which would mean $300 to $400 to begin with, then they have orders to return it to me and I will just buy a new computer. I didn't pay much more than $500 for it in December of 09 so I certainly won't put that much money into it.
Meanwhile, I'm back on the teeny tiny Acer. It works pretty well, but the keyboard is so small that my fingers really get cramped up while typing.
Two to four weeks of hospitalization, he said. I guess it will be worth it if they can cure the DOA diagnosis.