May 8, 2013
Pulling the Plug on My Rocky Relationship with My Chromebook
The moment I got things set up on my new Chromebook, it started rebooting itself every three or four minutes. It would turn itself off and on about 5 or 6 times in a row before it would finally stay on for more than 5 minutes. But then it failed to connect to my WiFi signal. So I'd have to turn the Chromebook off yet again. It then took another 5 or 6 tries to get it to connect to my WiFi signal, which none of my other device (Apple and Android) had a problem doing. I'm a pretty patient gal so the first few times my Chromebook acted up like that, I gave it all the time it needed to get it's act together. But then I realized that I was wasting about an hour (each time) just to get the darn thing to stay on. So not worth my valuable time!
On the rare occasions that my Chromebook would work properly, it handled like a dream. It was fast and efficient. I didn't mind that it wasn't compatible with Netflix at the time of purchase, because I didn't need the distraction. And I was willing to overlook the fact that it wouldn't allow me to claim the free 100GB it promised on Google Drive. But those instances where my Chromebook worked like a charm were few and far between.
Still I wasn't ready to give up on my Chromebook completely. I gave it chance after chance after chance. And time after time I was disappointed.
I thought things were finally going to make a change for the better when Netflix became available for the Chrome OS, but that was just the calm before the storm. About two weeks later my Chromebook stopped playing Netflix, and I could only get it to connect to my WiFi signal maybe once or twice a week.
I knew we weren't going to last for much longer, so I stopped seeing my Chromebook, except for once a week. What can I say, I'm an optimist who hoped that one day I would open my Chromebook to find that it had somehow magically fixed itself and would work on the very first try. But no, that never happened.
I tried to fix things with my Chromebook. I really did. I reset the factory settings. I cleared the caches. I reported issue after issue. And I did everything else the Chrome help center said to do. I have finally reached the point where I want nothing to do with my Chromebook. All it's ever done is cause me heartache and misery. So I'm pulling the plug on my Chromebook. And to quote Taylor Swift, "we are never, ever, ever getting back together!"