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I've been incredibly lucky with my computers over the years, rarely experiencing technical problems. But yesterday, when I fired up my HP Pavilion Slimline desktop, nothing. The power lights come on, but then...silence. No boot-up screen. This happened once before, and after four or five retries, the machine did its thing. But this time, nothing worked. I opened the hood, reseated all the plugs and cards, consulted the Great Internets, and the diagnosis, confirmed by our PC hardware expert at work, is that my motherboard is dead. They aren't made anymore, and I found a few for sale on eBay for about $100. Seeing as how the whole system cost $700 originally, and I'd have to rip the whole thing apart to replace the motherboard, and I'm a little wary about buying it off eBay...I think I'm going to do the following:

  • Install Vista on one of my spare laptops and then reimage with the full image backup I performed right after the last time the machine wouldn't boot. It's sitting on the 1TB MyBook drive on our SAN.

  • Extract the hard drive, install it in a SATA-to-USB enclosure, and access it from my main XP laptop. Most of my important data is already synced with the desktop, but there's some other stuff I'd like to copy over.

  • Buy a stand-alone tuner and use the 22 inch 1080p monitor as the TV in my study.

  • Save the keyboard, mouse, and DVD drive for future use.

  • Shitcan the empty shell (dead motherboard and power supply).

I'll use my main laptop as my primary machine for the time being. At some point I may replace the desktop with a *gasp* Mac, since I've never had one and the advent of OSX, which is basically a Unix variant, intrigues me.


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Oct. 9th, 2008 08:55 am (UTC)
John did a "Mac" intervention on me when my PC locked up. I have no regrets.
Oct. 9th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
you know all that tech speak gets me hot and bothered.

I finally got my domain controller at home on a dual proc dual core Dell from the State Education Building (from a project some politician thought was Vital, then cancelled 6 months later) It's the best thing ever.

I've got my work laptop, my Mac Mini. and Fred's little small footprint Dell all working happy happy. and the server's got 3TB of space for uhm. well you can figure it out :D
Oct. 9th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
A domain controller for a home network... now that's geeky. ;)
Oct. 9th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
it keeps the Fred under control, maps his My Docs and Desktop to a backed up directory on the Raid Array, so geeky yes, but then again, I'm doing it on a FARM! :) I think we might be the only farm in 50 miles that is running GBE Backbone with multiple platforms :) Sadly my sun pizzabox kicked the bucket. the drives sounded like a plane at take off... I would like to get a new Solaris Box to go with the PC :)
Oct. 9th, 2008 12:54 pm (UTC)
Once you go Mac, you never go back..



It's bliiiiiiiiiiissssssssssssss.......... *shows Jack frontal lobe in a jar*
Oct. 9th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
... "install Vista" ...

What is this peculiar language you're speaking? :)
Oct. 11th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Hang in there!
It's that age old battle, man vs. machine.
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