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Friday, January 24, 2020

Computer Problems And Fixes

TBT here:  While I am waiting for a possible repair appointment on Tuesday, I am trying to make my OLDEST Mac Mini basically functional.  So far, I have managed to upgrade the Operating System to "High Sierra" from some 2014 version.  That allows some programs that I restored from my external backup drive to operate. 

I can't get at my email, though.  New messages are sitting on an AOL server somewhere.  I just can't download them.  If you get an "undeliverable" message, just wait.  When the power port is repaired (I can't believe it, but it may take several weeks), I SHOULD be able to get at them then.

I made the mistake of upgrading the CURRENT Mac Mini to the Mac  "Catalina " OS in December and that made almost all my programs obsolete.  And trying to fix THAT is what led to all my current problems.

Thinking I needed a newer Mac Mini, I ordered one, and attempted to migrate my CURRENT one to it.  The NEW one doesn't have the storage memory of the Current one (apparently Apple expected me to move to iCloud, so desktop storage would not be as important).  350 GB will not fit on a 128 GB drive...

Swapping computers around, I managed to drop the CURRENT Mac Mini and the power port stopped working.  So the NEW one wouldn't hold the CURRENT one and the CURRENT one won't start.

Which is why  I'm S L O W L Y finding ways to get the OLDEST Mac Mini functioning.  I have some good news.  With the High Sierra OS downloaded to the OLDEST Mac Mini, my iPhotos app works, Firefox works, my antivirus program works, and MS Word and Excel work.

I can get by on that for a while.  Not having email is driving me crazy, though.  I get up in the morning and want to check it.  I use it for reading new blog comments.  I have SOME friends I only know through email; I can't even call them to tell them I am having problems.

Meanwhile, the local Geek Squad says to expect several weeks before I get the CURRENT one repaired and returned.  They have to send it to an Apple repair center.  They do software fixes but aren't allowed to do hardware repair. 

The nearest Apple repair store is a 60 mile roundtrip and they won't promise to fix it (I smoke, so they say "it depends").  So I have to drive 60 miles just to let them decide.  A local PC computer repair store says they will sometimes to simple hardware work on Macs, but I have to talk to the owner Monday.

Just wanted to keep everyone advised...

BTW, I do have some pre-scheduled cat posts saved.  They will be a couple of weeks old, but we aren't a "today right now" blog, and something is better than nothing. 

We'll be back to normal eventually...