When the Mouse Freezes, appended (this applies to those with Personal
Computers, who are so impersonal when it comes to going on the fritz)
By Julie Kay Smithson firstname.lastname@example.org who has never
claimed to be computer savvy, but has somehow survived fourteen years as
the owner of four personal computers, the first of which was a gift,
was several years old, and had a blazing 8 MGs of RAM (Random Access
Memory). The second had 64 MGs of RAM. The third and current: not sure,
but NFE seems to dog the steps of all computers (Never Fast Enough).
Will this be the year for another computer?
Step One. Go to the Back. At the back of the Tower, check to make
sure everything is properly plugged in. This often solves the issue
before it gets more complicated (read: expensive).
If that doesn't work, try Step Two: Shut off the computer and
restart. Sometimes Frick and Frack get discombobulated and must have a
If that doesn't work, go to Step Three: Try another Mouse. It is
entirely possible that the Mouse has simply keeled over from age/use.
If that doesn't work, call your friendly tech support person. Of
course, Murphy's Law being what it is, these things often seem to happen
just after the close of business on Friday, leaving you with little
recourse until the following Monday (or Tuesday, if it's one of those
no-mail Monday holidays). Thank God for Dave and Dan, two of the most
patient, kind tech support guys the world has ever known!
My wonderful tech support guy said the only thing he'd add to my
essay is this: '"Press the "Caps Lock" or "Num Lock" on the keyboard. If
they don't respond (i.e., if they don't turn on a light on the
keyboard) then the Computer itself is locked up and a restart is
required. You may have to hold the power button for 5 seconds to shut it
Julie Kay Smithson
Julie Kay Smithson, property rights
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