My Computer Is Alive Again

I feel relieved to have my laptop back. Last Saturday night, my laptop just died. It wouldn’t turn on, it wouldn’t post, the hard drive wouldn’t spin-up, it just flat out died. Since I use the computer to run the video projection system at church, it was not good timing. Thankfully, we have a church laptop with EasyWorship installed, so I was able to make a phone call and get the backup going for church on Sunday morning. Just another reason to plan for the unexpected. I think Satan enjoys sending his demons into computers, cables, and sound systems.

I had a few anxious thoughts about what I would lose if the hard drive went out, but luckily, on Monday morning I swapped hard drives with a spare laptop at work and discovered that I didn’t lose any info. The motherboard was replaced today by HP’s onsite service and it is working great again. Of course, the first thing I did was back up my data off my hard drive. I wonder how many churches have a backup plan. I would have only lost around 2 weeks worth of data, but even that would have caused some major problems. External hard drives are cheap now, so we really have no excuse for not backing up.

FYI, It’s an HP nw8000 mobile workstation with 2 gig ram and ATI Mobility FireGL graphics card. I usually run SolidWorks 3D CAD software using it, but it also functions great running EasyWorship for our church on Sunday mornings.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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