Stories of anticipating dead computers: Windows Home Server

Like most geeks, I have a bit of history with dead computers. In the past, I used the “wait until it breaks, and then panic” model, but recently I’ve begun being a bit more anticipatory, like replacing an old laptop before it actually expires. Anticipating another future dead computer, I bought an external USB hard…

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The dead desktop computer: From good, bad, and ugly back to dead

When last we left my dead desktop computer, it had returned to the world of the living with the assistance of the onboard video adapter. The screen was fuzzy because I was running my LCD monitor through the analog VGA cable. Performing an auto-adjust helped a little but it was still blurry. Still, it was…

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The dead desktop computer: The good, the bad, and the ugly, but not in that order

When last we left my dead desktop computer, it had fried its second video card, and I was considering whether I should get a third. I did indeed get a third video card, a cheap one since I knew that if the computer really did eat video cards, I’d have to feed it on a…

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Maybe that’s how you do it, but around here, we have a different convention for indicating which things are broken

One of the reactions to my story of investigating a dead computer struck me as rather strange. Commenter Steve wrote, “Usually video cards left on a table don’t works well (the one inside a computer have a better probability).” While it’s true that the ones inside a computer are more likely to work, it’s not…

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The dead home desktop returns from the dead

I brought my dead home desktop computer to the office so I could fiddle with it after work while surrounded by large quantities of geek equipment that could step in to assist. I tried to use a power supply from another computer in a sort of computerish version of jump-starting a car, but it was…

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The dead home desktop problem returns

The computer I bought not a year and a half ago decided to keel over last week. When I push the power button, the power light goes on, the drives spin up, but there is nothing out the video card and not even a reassuring beep from the power-on self test. I’ve disconnected all the…

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Another retired computer: The Alpha Rawhide

This computer didn’t die like the previous one; it merely outlived it usefulness. In its prime, the machine was a force to be reckoned with. It was about the size of a small refrigerator and generated about as much noise as a vacuum cleaner. It contained four, count ’em, four Alpha AXP processors, each running at…

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Let the dead computer scavenging commence!

Now that my old computer is up on bricks in the virtual front yard, the scavenging has begun. I got a piece of email from one of my colleagues saying, “Say, you aren’t using that PC-2100 memory any more are you?” Why no, in fact, I wasn’t. Christmas comes early. (He offered to buy the…

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Non-resolution of the dead home desktop problem

Last time, I told of attempting to upgrade my home computer and failing. I ultimately gave up and returned the parts to the store, telling them that I thought the IDE controller on the motherboard was dead. They refunded my money after a false step where they refunded me more than I paid for the…

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