We replaced my heat sink and fan today. This should have been a straightforward matter of shutting the computer off, unplugging it, removing the old, replacing it with the new. Powering it back up and going about our business.
Unless it isn't.
Unless my computer feels like getting its hair done too. And going shopping. And lunch. And a make over.
It beeped after we put in the new heatsink. The heatsink was apparently the wrong color.
Then it decided the hard drive was old so it refused to find it.
So we reset the CMOS.
Oh there's the hard drive. Silly me, right where I left it. But where oh where did I put the mouse?
Eww. No. Not that mouse. It's ugly. I want a new one.
(Wails) Now the mouse doesn't match the keyboard! I'm not playing anymore!
Then it wouldn't find the hard drive again.
Before it was over the computer had a complete make over. A new reinstall of windows, a different mouse and a different keyboard. (Shshsh! Don't tell, but it's actually the same one with a new pink slipcover)
So now I'm reinstalling everything. Fortunately I'd backed up all the family pics, music files, movies and documents as well as my book, to the exterior hard drive.
Next time I'm getting a boy computer.