January 16th, 2008

catie_cute

help me, livejournal wan kenobi!

My desktop computer decided, last night, that it would be nice to have power running to it, and for its amber “I’m booting” light to blink on and off very rapidly, but nothing else is happening. No booting. No fan running. No nothing. I’ve killed the power to it entirely; when the power is re-introduced, it just goes back to humming and blinking.

This is, thank God, not my writing computer, and yes, as a matter of fact, I will be backing up Nook oh let’s see AS SOON AS I’M DONE TYPING THIS ENTRY, but I was wondering if Livejournal Knows All could help with any suggestions. It’s a Windows box, it’s running…XP, probably, it’s on the old end of things (four years?) and overall it seems likely that it’s recoverable if I bring it down to a shop or something, but it’d be a lot nicer to actually fix it at home and not have to haul it somewhere.

Help me, Livejournal Wan Kenobi! You’re my only hope!

(x-posted from the essential kit)</p>

ETA: Ok, the power supply is unquestionably horked. We (and when I say "we" I mean "Ted, Hero of the Revolution") switched Ted's power supply out with mine, and mine didn't power his computer.

Nor, however, did his power mine. He slaved my hard drive to his, and the drive itself is fine (thank goodness), but the computer will not boot. There are no burst or swollen capacitors on the motherboard. Is there any other kind of test we can do to determine if the motherboard is non-functional (which seems rather likely at this point)? I mean, I'm sure we can haul it down to a tech and have them figure it out, but if there's anything else we can do and save ourselves the fifty euro that's starting to look likely to need to go to a new computer, that'd be useful.

catie_cute

arright…

…looks like my desktop is probably totally hosed. According to the net, this particular cheap-ass brand of computer tends to go whole hog when it goes: motherboard and power supply tend to implode together or very close to such. The hard drive itself, luckily, is fine, so I haven’t lost anything, it’s just inconvenient to get to.

But given that the computer is five years old and cheap to begin with, I very much doubt it’s worth trying to find the appropriate motherboard to put it back together with. So, because the life of a writer is contingent on wildly erratic paychecks, I’m going to be using the laptop for the foreseeable future. I’ve gotten all my various email accounts forwarded to the gmail account (and I can see how this could be a change from which I may never recover), and the biggest bother right now is retrieving the email addresses of the artists I’ve been talking with. As far as computer failures go, this could be a Whole Lot Worse.

And yes, Nook is entirely backed up now. Oi.

Arright. I’ve written like 156 words today, so I’m going to go make an attempt to increase that by orders of magnitude, and…yeah. That’s about it. o.O

(x-posted from the essential kit)