Holy cow, I wrote a book!
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 the case, at least around here, that the cards on a table
are unlikely to work well.
Many people have a small stash of cables and other
spare parts specifically for repair purposes.
If you see a video card on a table, odds are that it's part of somebody's
spart parts stash and works just fine.
At least around here, we follow a different convention for indicating
when things are broken beyond repair:
We put them in the garbage can.
Or the recycle bin, as appropriate.
Computer repair follow-up:
Last Thursday morning, I turned on my home computer and it didn't boot.
The symptoms were exactly the same as the previous death,
so started with what worked last time:
I unplugged the video card.
The computer booted up.
It looks like my home computer eats video cards.
Do I feed it cheap video cards?
Was this just a fluke and my replacement video card happened to be a dud?
Are the video cards actually just fine, and
it's the motherboard that can't cope with them?
Do I abandon the computer and start over?
I'm going with option two:
Assume I just got a bum video card and try again.
But if the second replacement video card also dies within a short
period of time, then I'm going to have to decide what I'm going to do
with the computer that eats video cards.