Luckily for me, the cause of my last rant has been resolved in spectacular fashion. I hope that @Spice_Weasel, @slalexan, @Seanette, and @purplehorseshoe have similar good luck, because damn, guys, your rants were really major one. I hope my good luck spills over to people who need it badly.
As for me, after yesterday’s despair, my heart has been gladdened.
You know how the first thing tech support asks is, “are you sure it’s plugged in?”
I had checked that the power plug was firmly in the laptop. And I had checked that the other end of the cable was firmly plugged into the BackUPS. Which I knew was working because the work laptop is also plugged into it and it was happy as could be.
What I forgot was that you’ve got a 50/50 shot of the power cable being one piece or two, so I did not check the transformer (which was obscured by a nest of cables that resemble a knot of mating snakes). It’s been a long time since I set the computer up so, you know, I didn’t remember which this was and didn’t think about it maybe being two parts.
Sure enough, tonight I thought to check again (before leaving to buy an expensive, shiny new computer) and the cable plug had fallen out of the transformer.
Some cursing ensued, but I plugged the cable into the transformer and the computer booted! Yay!
I’ll probably get a new battery for it, and I may get someone else to do the installation because small parts and bad eyes, but I’ve just saved myself a bit over $2000 and that makes me very happy.
Three to five years from now, I’ll get a shiny. But I bought high-end for this one because I wanted it to last at least 8 years, and it is still excellent for now.