Who’s got two thumbs and just broke their computer?
Yeah, okay. I got a MacBook from back 2008/2009 and at this point it’s getting pretty jank. You know those little rubber coaster-feet on the bottom? Those been coming off. The first time it happened, I decided to be Mr. Fix-it and reattach it using what else but 2-part epoxy clay. Because that’s my jam. But not literally.
Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that, upon removing the feet on a MacBook, what you’re left with is just a big ol’ hole that opens right up into the guts of the thing. The first foot to go was the upper-right one, and that hole sits right about above what I can only assume is the connector for the monitor. SO, when I put the epoxy on to reattach the foot, I inadvertently stuck it to the connector on the other side.
Flash forward to this evening where, fed up with all the noise and also the freakish amount of heat put off by my laptop, I decided to remove the bottom plate and clean it out a bit. It was a filthy mess. But more to the point: when I removed the plate, it pulled the monitor connector out with it. Neither the connector nor the connection seem to be damaged. However, there’s a little brass (?) bar that it seems is meant to sit over top of the connection point, held in place by nothing more than wrapping around the outside, that got pulled off because the epoxy was stuck to it. The connector seemed to fit just fine without it, but nothing doing.
After some fiddling around, and some CSI to determine where exactly this bit is meant to go, thanks to residue left over from the epoxy, I’m pretty sure I’ve figured out where it goes. I fit it into place, connected the monitor, everything looks well enough, but nope. My screen stays black.
This is dicks.
Thankfully, there’s a place that specializes in repairing Macs about 50 minutes from where I live and it doesn’t seem like it’s a huge fuck-off problem, so maybe I can get it fixed by tomorrow. Maybe I can get me a working disc drive while I’m at it. FOR A PRICE. This is gonna be, like, $200+ over here. Dammit, I already owe Japan so much money. But at least it’s no where near the price of buying a new one, which, on one hand, I’d really enjoy, but on the other: data transfer. And learning that your favorite programs suddenly don’t work on this new OS. And the question of how much I should transfer over because I’ve got all these cat pictures and pornography, you see? That’s like, work, man.
Of course, the second you’re deprived of your computer is the second you feel the urge to get to work on all that shit you’ve been meaning to do but have been putting off because you’re lazy and shiftless.