The Near-Death iMac Experience

Safari (not responding)

For the last few days I've been plagued by technical issues. I haven't written anything since Tuesday, I've missed some of my favourite linkys and I've been stressed. All down to the iMac being near death.

On Thursday morning, after going for my walk, I sat in front of the iMac and tried to refresh my tabs in Safari. I waited a moment but when nothing happened I tried quitting Safari. Again nothing happened. My iMac just froze.

I called the hubby and he came to investigate. After lots of key presses and mouse-clicks the iMac refused to respond; we had to force a shut down.

What next?

After the forced shut down we turned the iMac back on but it still took a minute to respond to any key presses or clicks. The machine wasn't working properly and the hubby said it was failing to write to the disc. 

"Oh no, My iMac is dead!" I thought.

We spent the whole day trying to diagnose the problem without much success. In the end we had to reformat the disc. 

I was stressing. All week I'd planned to spend Thursday working on the computer and instead I'd spent the day watching the slow and painful death of my iMac. By bedtime it was still installing and I went to bed stressed. 

A New Day

On Friday morning the iMac had finished installing. I held my breath as I logged in and waited for everything to load. I was sure it wouldn't work (the pessimist in me). To my surprise Safari loaded, the computer responded to mouse-clicks; everything seemed fine.

At this point the hubby decided to load the new OS X Yosemite onto my iMac. It is available for the public to try out, it's still the beta version (tech speak for 'not quite finished') but is due for release soon. 

As it stands my iMac is working. I'm hoping that is the end of my technical problems and normal routine will be resumed.

How do you cope with technical issues?
Do you find it stressful when a computer stops working?


  1. Oh no! What a total nightmare! I'm like a bear with a sore head if my computer is playing up. My fella can usually fix it but if I have to wait I get into a foul mood....
    Fingers crossed yours keeps working x

    1. Well, we're on day four and it's still going okay. I'm just lucky I had everything backed up. I was not a happy bunny - to say the least!
      Thanks for stopping by Kim, keep those fingers crossed for me! :)

  2. Good luck sweetie, hope it continues to work for you. Our laptop started dying a death, so we bought a new one before it actually happened and have managed to transfer everything onto other devices, clouds, etc. Can't be without a computer! Is it worth buying a tablet for back up purposes? Asus is a fab brand and you can pick up a decent one for about £150... just saying ;-)

    1. Ah thanks hun. I'm quite lucky with backups because the hubby is obsessive with it. We have tablets, apple time capsule, backups the hubby does. I have all my stuff (my book) backed up several times and after the incident the hubby has copied it onto his computer too, just in case. I have to admit to being slightly worried about my book disappearing. I'm not sure I could cope with 90,000 words going up in smoke!
      Thanks for stopping by hun, appreciate it. xx


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