Holy cow, I wrote a book!
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 external peripherals as well as all the
IDE devices, and no change.
The problem might be a fried motherboard connection or something.
I'm not a hardware person, so I'm not sure how to diagnose it.
This is easily the shortest life for a computer I've owned
(not counting the ones that were dead on arrival).
I feel kind of bad buying a replacement for a computer that's
barely fifteen months old,
but I also can't think of what else I can do.
All the stuff I can easily swap out I think I've already swapped out.
And I don't know if I can find a new power supply or motherboard
that fits the custom case.
So it's back down to Fry's to buy some random bottom-feeder computer
just so I can whack my hard drives into it and get back in business.
But man, is that machine going to inherit a lot of memory!
(Then again, maybe my problem is that I keep buying bottom-feeder computers?)