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The Electron Gods are against me

   Sun, January 14, 2007 - 11:41 AM
They might be Republicans, that would explain it. Those creepy, hateful little bastards that just run around causing misery and cause the rich to get richer by making me spend money on cool electronics. They conspire to cause maximum inconvenience and stress. I'm not bitter though. OK, I am but I can't help myself. Meh. Todays adventure involves not one, but three devices. First, my phone was dead. Put that in the charger. I'm sure it was charged up as of last night. I needed it to call Cox Cable, an outfit that is running a race with Comcast to see who has the most useless tech support people. My cable internet is flakey and I want to find out if it is Cox or my cable modem. Yup, it's my modem. Strike two. That was the better part of $100.00 to Fry's Electronics. Fry's is OK right up until you need help from the sales drones. I didn't. So now I have a solid internet connection again. I started another machine that I wanted to put another distro on to test permissions of resolv.conf and hosts. Xubuntu and Mepis has something weird going on that even if those files are r-r-r you can still write to them. Hmmm. I was going to put a distro on this now dead box to see if it was a Linuxy thing or just Debian or Ubuntu based distros. Fans spin and the power supply powers, but the motherboard is as dead as a doornail. I have to laugh though, I should have expected this. I can't EVER finish one thing without some major distraction and unexpected expenses.



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Mon, January 15, 2007 - 8:14 PM
i totally feel you. i moved all of the computers around my office a couple of months ago, and who knew that the 15V AC adapter for my Linksys router would fit perfectly into my DSL modem, which requires significantly less voltage. 5 minutes later I had a smoking chunk of melted plastic that used to bring me the online world, and I ended up driving 20 more minutes out of my way to try to avoid going to Best Buy or Frys.

I swear that back in the mid 90s Fry's had something resembling customer service when I was buying some of my first modems...
Unsu...
 
Tue, February 13, 2007 - 12:44 PM
It isn't the Tron Gods
It is the MCP, and it got me as well.

We had a somewhat notable windstorm and lost the power for five'ish days before I left for a vacation, so I unpluged the entire house before leaving.

I came back, plugged in my PC and... Not even a board diagnostic LED. A little testing showed the entire APM part of the board was d-e-a-d.

It had to be the MCP...
 

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