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15 July 2008 @ 08:55 am
God thinks we spend too much time online.  

The (comparatively new, as in, given to us in January) desktop computer didn’t shut down properly last night, and now refuses to boot up. Doesn’t even get as far as the hard drive powering up. I think God is telling us we spend too much time online.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Shannachieshannachie on July 15th, 2008 09:19 am (UTC)
That's funny. I was told the very same thing this morning by a higher authority. Took me ages and many restarts to get online and the connection is dodgy. It must be divine online saving day or something.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on July 15th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
Did ye not get the hint with the broken fingers, lassie?

(Commiserations - I have a PC here that's pretty well lost a hard drive with scores of gigabytes of stuff on it I'd rather prefer not to lose.)
J.K.Richárd: ONOZ!neutronjockey on July 15th, 2008 10:50 am (UTC)
...or that you need a new hard drive or power supply.

Didn't you hear: God is in the interwebs.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on July 15th, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)
It's not particularly hot there today, is it?

(Problems at this time of year are often heat. However, assuming Auntie Beeb is telling the truth, you're cooler there than we are here, and it's not hot here, just muggy.)
kitmizkit on July 15th, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
It's not hot at all. :)
cheftedchefted on July 15th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
Looks like a hard drive failure
Well after running as many different hard ware test as I can and having nothing else plugged in save the hard drive it looks like the hard drive has died. :P

It is not our year for computers at all.
Nimtouchstone on July 15th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Looks like a hard drive failure
Is it beginning the boot process. at least? If it's a hard drive failure, you should still be seeing the BIOS startup messages and such before it stops, and it likely ought to complain about the lack of a boot device.

If it's not even getting THAT far, then it may be a problem with the motherboard or power supply. If it powers on and then, a few seconds later, powers off again - that's almost certainly the power supply. Purely anecdotally, every 'crud, my machine stopped booting' problem I've ever had eventually turned out to be a power supply problem. I may just have bad luck :)
dqg_nealdqg_neal on July 15th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
I believe this is Author Break Day, a new official (I said so when I was at my office) world-wide holiday. I've seen at least 3 author blogs with computer problems.
sammywolsammywol on July 15th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
Balls! You knw what they say: God never closes one door but he shuts another. Good luck dealing with the withdrawal.
Myles Corcoranmylescorcoran on July 15th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Ah poo. Sorry that box didn't last longer. I'll assume you've done the usual diagnostics.

We will shortly have another spare desktop, unfortunately down in Cork isn't so handy for you guys anymore.

ruford42 on July 15th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
As a systems administrator...I suggest a big hammer, or at least dropping the contents of the TBR shelf onto the drive!

Does the drive spin up? Can be helpful to put it into another machine for the scan. Ran into a few cases, where a drive wasn't in working order for a boot -- but could be mounted as a secondary drive for some scans.