Say what you will about Best Buy…

… I have my laptop back. I called them on Sunday and I got the part today, within their promised 3-6 days for part replacement and my laptop is running fine again!

I’ve asked my husband to install a surge protector in the kitchen counter, where I spend most of my time with my laptop, and I think this will solve all of my laptop woes for quite some time. Now I just have to make sure I take it in for a cleaning and get the battery replaced before the warranty runs out and this laptop might make it for another couple of years after that.

Even though this laptop is heavy and I would love an excuse to get a new one now, it does everything I need it to do. I don’t encode video with it anymore. I did try, but my laptop tends to sort of look at the process of encoding a dvd and promptly runs away screaming like a girl. I don’t play games on it, so I don’t need something top of the line. I need a machine that runs internet applications well, connects with my various gadgets, and won’t keel over dead when I put a DVD in it. For these things, my husband’s laptop is nice but I always feel like I’m going through his underwear drawer when I borrow it. Even though he’s my husband, there’s still something inherently wrong with going through someone else’s underwear drawer.