Dead laptops are not it

Preparation for forthcoming trips are part of the equation if you travel for business or blogging. You go over your stuff again and again to make sure that your luggage contains what is really needed, not wanted. Does it all fit? Can I remove it easily for security and customs? After that, there is the checking out of your equipment.

The camera is checked, then the phones and tablet. I can charge everything, including camera, with one small 2 pin charger (saves me a lot of space and weighs much less). The list goes on. Finally the largest bit of kit, a laptop.

I used to have an 11.6 inch Lenovo that was custom built, but the screen was a bit small and my old eyes needed something larger, so I gave it away to an NGO and bought the current 12.5 inch one. I didn't use the thing, it just sat there. So brushing off the dust, it seemed like a good idea to make sure the laptop was ready for a long trip. That's when it all went pear shaped.
One messed up Lenovo.

The Wifi didn't work and there was no way it would. So I reinstalled the software from the disc supplied and all the Lenovo parts vanished. Plus, to add insult to injury, the Wifi still did not work because it is a Lenovo thing. Even after finding and installing the driver for the Wifi, it did nothing. The machine ended up in the trash can.

I'll have to just use the 8 inch Sammy that was a rip-off, but it does work and weighs less than 1lb. The cost of a decent new, lightweight, small laptop has gone through the roof here in the UK and just not worth the expense.

Nov 19, 2019

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