computer problems

I Shouldn't Get So Attached

Thu, 2008-01-17 01:20

After all it is only a computer. Not a very good one, either, it is much older than what most people would call serviceable. The screen was scratched pretty bad when I first got it. I am all the time waiting for it to do something or other.

It is still one of the coolest things I ever owned.

I mean, the thing is tiny. It was too cool just to pick up and move over there. Balance it and the cat on my knee when I watched TV. Check my email at the coffee shop.

I guess I wore it out. It looks like the connector to the left mouse button is just gone. I could get it repaired, but it seems the money would be better spent on something more modern. The end of an era.

Funny thing is, computers like it are selling for the same price I paid for this one. Current versions sell for what I might pay for an automobile.

I mourn the loss of my friend.

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The Sad Story Continues...

Sat, 2006-01-28 17:32

Once again, my computer failed to recognise the hard drive, this time for several days straight. I took the computer all apart and made sure the connections from the drive to the mother board and power supply were secure, put it all back together, but the results were the same. Lucky for me, my son's room resembles a supply closet from a computer chop shop, and he was able to quickly find a spare connector cable for me to try. Meanwhile, all this lifting and shifting is really getting to my back, especially the part about doubling over the compute to screw things into the backside. The importance of many of my peripherals such as printer and local network begins to plummet. No matter, the problem was not with the cable.

Day Two. I manage to borrow a spare hard drive from my son on an extremely short-term basis. I had never removed a hard drive from a computer before, but having nothing to lose is very empowering. I popped the new one in, powered up, and the drive showed up just fine. It wouldn't boot, my hardware was too different from last boot, but it seemed to prove that the problem was with the drive. I put the old drive back in, put in an order for a new Seagate Barracuda, booted up with a live Linux CD and enjoyed a few rounds of Gems Game.

Today. My new hard drive has been shipped, it should be here Tuesday. That works out great for me since I have the day off on Wednesday. Also, my old drive has decided to work again. Perhaps it will function as a backup drive.

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No OS Found

Tue, 2006-01-17 19:24

This morning when I woke up and booted my computer, I was given a black screen and the message: No operating system found, hit F1 to search again. There was even a cute ASCII diagram showing where F1 could be found. It didn't help. I even booted with a live CD and my hard drive was not showing up. I have been at work all day and won't be able to try again for a couple of hours. I do wish I was more into the regular backup thingy.

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