location for whatever reason; installing/adding new hardware or just
decided to move it for "easier access", for instance (note easier
access in quotation marks).
Whatever your reason
is, this handy guide may help you alleviate some of the stress that
always arises in such occasions.
Keep in mind that this is a venture only to be undertaken by those who know what they're doing...and masochists.
1. Bone up on your cursing. You will need it later.
Pick a *good* spot to locate your computer. Don't be too picky; you
will regret having started on this venture soon enough.
Disconnect all cables, cords, power sources, umbilical cords and
plumbing. Look at the black, gray & white spaghetti mess on the
floor and sob. Refer to number 1. While you're at it, it helps to focus
on cursing Bill Gates and Steve Jobs for making all this possible.
Be sure to dust machine off, since it's been sitting for months in one
spot, gathering a dust mound the size of Mt. Rainier. This is
especially essential if you have asthma.
that you've picked a *good* spot, it's time to replace all the cables,
cords, etc. Make sure it's in a dark, hard-to-reach location.
New computers have color-coded plugs and plugins to make assembly
easier. This has no bearing on you since your computer is in a dark,
hard-to-reach location and they're all the same color: gray. See number
7. Get a flashlight. Look for new
batteries for flashlight you've left in the junk drawer for months. Go
to store to buy new flashlight batteries since you don't have any. Rule
number 1 is coming in handy now.
8. While inserting
various cords and cables, be sure to drop at least one on the floor
behind the desk, where it will take a contortionist to retrieve it.
Find out that your printer cable is now not long enough to reach the
computer (see number 1). Oh well, you didn't use it that much anyway.
10. Once you have all the cables, etc. back in place, turn computer back on.
11. Sit, puzzled why computer isn't working.
12. Plug monitor in.
13. Ponder why keyboard and mouse don't work.
14. Switch keyboard and mouse plugins.
15. Call spouse in to admire your handiwork.
16. Spouse informs you that he/she liked it better where it was, and to move it back.
17. When asked why you're banging your head on the monitor, don't reply. It would only confuse him/her.