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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 budget. I plugged it in, and...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Why did the display become a snapshot of the last time the monitor was plugged into the computer?

    I left the story of the return of the dead home desktop computer with a puzzle. When I plugged the monitor back into the original computer, it showed a snapshot of the screen at the time the monitor was unplugged. The computer itself continued operating, but the screen never updated. The frozen image...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 external peripherals...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 memory off...
  • Blog Post: 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 components...
  • Blog Post: More tales of dead computers: My home desktop

    Yes, I said that my next dead computer story would be the AlphaServer , but late-breaking news has forced me to shuffle the order a bit. My home computer has been circling the drain for several months. (The Northbridge fan would buzz and sometimes spin really slowly.) When the motherboard finally...
  • Blog Post: Another dead computer: My personal laptop

    I'm kind of surprised at how much people reacted to my previous dead computer story . I guess there's an audience for stories about dead computers. Today's dead computer is my Sony Vaio PCG-Z505LE laptop, with a 600MHz processor and 192MB of RAM. Certainly a big step up from that 486/50 with 12MB...
  • Blog Post: The end of one of the oldest computers at Microsoft still doing useful work

    My building was scheduled for a carpet replacement—in all my years at Microsoft, I think this is the first time this has ever happened to a building I was in—so we all had to pack up our things so the carpeters could get clear access to the floor. You go through all the pain of an office...
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