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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2475 on: September 07, 2012, 08:38:05 PM »
I had a car that made a noise, and I took the car in several times and nobody could ever duplicate it.  Turned out to be an issue that only showed when the car was cold.  Of course, if I drove it in, by the time I got there, it was warmed up and the noise was gone.
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2476 on: September 07, 2012, 10:18:24 PM »
I had a car that made a noise, and I took the car in several times and nobody could ever duplicate it.  Turned out to be an issue that only showed when the car was cold.  Of course, if I drove it in, by the time I got there, it was warmed up and the noise was gone.
Mine would shudder on accelerating, but only if you accelerated slowly and smoothly.  If you got in and tromped on the accelerator (as most men do), guess what didn't happen?
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2477 on: September 07, 2012, 11:22:13 PM »
I have learned that every computer has a 'spot'.

This is usually right beside the regular user.
When the computer acts up, the user tries - several times - all the proper steps to fix the problem.

Someone comes over to help and see what the problem is.
The new person stand on 'the spot'.

The computer problem is instantly resolved.
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2478 on: September 08, 2012, 01:16:17 AM »
I had a car that made a noise, and I took the car in several times and nobody could ever duplicate it.  Turned out to be an issue that only showed when the car was cold.  Of course, if I drove it in, by the time I got there, it was warmed up and the noise was gone.

After KwikFit replaced two of my tyres, the car started making a knocking noise when I turned left.

KwikFit claimed they couldn't reproduce the problem. In their garage. So not going round any left turns.   ::)

To make it even more annoying, it turned out to be their fault, but they did nothing but fob me off until DH came in with me and then they fell all over him.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2479 on: September 08, 2012, 09:55:12 AM »
I had a car that made a noise, and I took the car in several times and nobody could ever duplicate it.  Turned out to be an issue that only showed when the car was cold.  Of course, if I drove it in, by the time I got there, it was warmed up and the noise was gone.

After KwikFit replaced two of my tyres, the car started making a knocking noise when I turned left.

KwikFit claimed they couldn't reproduce the problem. In their garage. So not going round any left turns.   ::)

To make it even more annoying, it turned out to be their fault, but they did nothing but fob me off until DH came in with me and then they fell all over him.

Years ago, I was getting this weird engine knocking.  I took my car in and described it. First guy couldn't find anything wrong with my car at all. I took it to a different place.  Another mechanic popped his head into take a look and came out with some tool that had been left in it when my battery had been changed out.   :o

The noise magically stopped.
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2480 on: September 08, 2012, 02:20:00 PM »
I am convinced that computers like to go on vacation.  I used to handle all hardware/software issues for my department.  If I couldn't fix something at the customer's desk, I would bring it back to my office...where it would immediately begin working perfectly, and continue working perfectly when it went 'home'.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2481 on: September 09, 2012, 11:02:56 PM »
I am convinced that computers like to go on vacation.  I used to handle all hardware/software issues for my department.  If I couldn't fix something at the customer's desk, I would bring it back to my office...where it would immediately begin working perfectly, and continue working perfectly when it went 'home'.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2482 on: September 10, 2012, 01:24:02 AM »
I am convinced that computers like to go on vacation.  I used to handle all hardware/software issues for my department.  If I couldn't fix something at the customer's desk, I would bring it back to my office...where it would immediately begin working perfectly, and continue working perfectly when it went 'home'.

 ;D

I took one to Orlando with me - but I left it at the resorit, as I wasn't sure how it would handle Islands of Adventure at Universal.

It is still working - so I guess it didn't get its feelings hurt.

The other computer was sent on a more luxurious cruise back to the factory repair center for a new motherboard - it is behaving quite nicely, too.  But with a new motherboard, it really should be!
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2483 on: September 10, 2012, 08:51:11 AM »
My mother noticed my car making a noise when riding in it but it went away recently.  She said take to the dealer anyways, but I said its not doing it now, I cannot ask them to fix something that isn't happening that would not be good.  I took it a few days later when the problem presented itself fully and it was fixed under warranty.

Glad you were able to get it fixed! Usually when things make scary noises/do weird things around here, I can never get it to happen again when a professional is present.

Isn't that a corollary to Murphy's Law?
When a broken appliance is demonstrated for the repairman, it will work perfectly.

From http://www.murphys-laws.com/

That law also applies to finding things. No matter how long or carefully you look for something, the person you ask to help you will find the thing in five seconds flat. In a really obvious place.

When I was in High School I was responsible for cooking dinner as I was home first most days. There were times I could not find something that I needed to use for dinner so I would call my mom at work and ask her- almost every time I called I found it either as the phone was ringing or as soon as I asked her where it was.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2484 on: September 10, 2012, 12:50:02 PM »
My mother noticed my car making a noise when riding in it but it went away recently.  She said take to the dealer anyways, but I said its not doing it now, I cannot ask them to fix something that isn't happening that would not be good.  I took it a few days later when the problem presented itself fully and it was fixed under warranty.

Glad you were able to get it fixed! Usually when things make scary noises/do weird things around here, I can never get it to happen again when a professional is present.

Isn't that a corollary to Murphy's Law?
When a broken appliance is demonstrated for the repairman, it will work perfectly.

From http://www.murphys-laws.com/

That law also applies to finding things. No matter how long or carefully you look for something, the person you ask to help you will find the thing in five seconds flat. In a really obvious place.

When I was in High School I was responsible for cooking dinner as I was home first most days. There were times I could not find something that I needed to use for dinner so I would call my mom at work and ask her- almost every time I called I found it either as the phone was ringing or as soon as I asked her where it was.

Recent case 1: I went out to do groceries.  After getting everything I needed, I hopped into the car, and it would not.  I tried for 10 minutes to get the darn thing to go, but it wouldn't, so I called our roadside assistance.  It took them over an hour to get there.  The tow truck guy asked me to try starting it, and of course it started like a champ.

Recent case 2: I brought brownies to a bonfire party.  Late in the evening, a snack plate was served to each of the small children.  My host's son (5 y.o.) had a brownie on his plate.  He's chatting away with the other kids and suddenly notices his brownie is missing!  He looks at the plate, looks on the ground to see if it fell; no go.  He starts yelling at his mom that someone stole his brownie!!!  She promptly replied that he was holding it in his hand.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2485 on: September 11, 2012, 12:18:42 AM »
I am convinced that computers like to go on vacation.  I used to handle all hardware/software issues for my department.  If I couldn't fix something at the customer's desk, I would bring it back to my office...where it would immediately begin working perfectly, and continue working perfectly when it went 'home'.

Occasionally we have problems with our computers, and DH, someone who can build computers and troubleshoot almost anything, after trying everything he can think of, will give up in disgust and declare that we must need to replace some expensive part. (It's never a cheap part.) I say "Turn it off and let it rest a while" and he'll argue that rest won't fix whatever problem it has. But sure enough, nine times out of ten the computer starts right up after sitting for a few hours. These are not overheating problems, either, but putting the computer in time out does work sometimes. And if time out doesn't work, thumping it is worth a shot.  ;D

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2486 on: September 11, 2012, 12:47:11 AM »
I am convinced that computers like to go on vacation.  I used to handle all hardware/software issues for my department.  If I couldn't fix something at the customer's desk, I would bring it back to my office...where it would immediately begin working perfectly, and continue working perfectly when it went 'home'.

Occasionally we have problems with our computers, and DH, someone who can build computers and troubleshoot almost anything, after trying everything he can think of, will give up in disgust and declare that we must need to replace some expensive part. (It's never a cheap part.) I say "Turn it off and let it rest a while" and he'll argue that rest won't fix whatever problem it has. But sure enough, nine times out of ten the computer starts right up after sitting for a few hours. These are not overheating problems, either, but putting the computer in time out does work sometimes. And if time out doesn't work, thumping it is worth a shot.  ;D

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2487 on: September 11, 2012, 08:51:32 AM »
The volatile memory has to clear, which is why turning it off and then back on fixes a lot of problems.  In some cases that doesn't happen unless the computer is off for longer than a few seconds or may even require actually being unplugged.   I heard a hypothesis a while back regarding static electricity or something keeping the memory active and motherboards with slight imperfections regarding how the power supply is wired , but never followed up on that.

Also, there are little gremlins that live in our computers and like to mess with us.  Regular sacrifices of liberal arts majors keeps them happy. 

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« Reply #2488 on: September 11, 2012, 09:05:27 AM »
The volatile memory has to clear, which is why turning it off and then back on fixes a lot of problems.  In some cases that doesn't happen unless the computer is off for longer than a few seconds or may even require actually being unplugged.   I heard a hypothesis a while back regarding static electricity or something keeping the memory active and motherboards with slight imperfections regarding how the power supply is wired , but never followed up on that.

Also, there are little gremlins that live in our computers and like to mess with us.  Regular sacrifices of liberal arts majors keeps them happy. 

They like chocolate - but no crumbs in the keyboard and chocolate milk seems to inspire them to worse antics - especially if spilled on the computer.  I recommend dark chocolate M & Ms - so no crumbs, spills are easily picked up, and the gremlins are happy (and so are you).
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2489 on: September 11, 2012, 09:49:41 AM »
Our office deals with vehicle registration. Ever since the state installed a new system, all "title" transactions are cut off at 2 p.m.. This has been going on since May. Every day from 2 p.m. till closing (5 p.m.) customers come in past no fewer than 3 different signs that say "Title work will not be processed after 2 p.m.".  They still say they didn't know about it.

Last week a gentlelman came in after 2, and would not take my word that we could not help him that day. He complained that it wasn't HIS fault that his car was at the tow lot....it wasn't HIS fault that he had to go to court. I repeated that I was sorry, but we cut off title work at 2, and he would have to come back another day. He said, "Isn't there something you can do?" I replied, "Sir, in order to help you I would have to have the ability to turn back time, and I just can't do that."  He asked for a supervisor, and she told him the same thing.