December 2nd, 2009

Type, Computer

Computer down

My main computer, TERRA the quad-core, died tonight. Oh well, better it than me.

When I turned it on this morning, it rebooted frequently, even before the bios stage. It is therefore almost certainly the power supply that is broken. After I turned it off at the back and later turned it back on, it does not even try to start, no matter how many times I press, or how hard, or how long. So yeah, it seems to have given up the ghost in the machine, as it were.

It is two years and two weeks old. Wonder how long the warranty is on these things?

Even if I can get it repaired, this habitually takes weeks or months here in Norway, at least in my experience. I eventually stopped sending my computers to repair and just bought new ones from competitors, but the truth is that have never had a machine that lasted for three years with all its parts unless it was from Hewlett-Packard or Goldstar. (And I have not seen Goldstar computers for decades. My very first PC, a 10MHz Goldstar AT, still works.) Dell lasted a year and a half, Fujitsu-Siemens keep ticking but without the CD-ROM and with a noisy fan (and I have had 3 of them over the years, they all were like that), North melted down repeatedly until the shop went out of business. I don't remember what happened to the Compaq (before HP bought them) but it had some minor problem. And now this.

The machine is probably good enough for years more if I get a new power supply. What else could it be? The question is whether I manage to replace it. I am very much a software guy and if soldering irons are involved, I am so out. I believe it should be enough to unscrew the old metal box though, replace it with a new and press those little plastic things on the cables tightly together. Right?

Or I could buy a HP and keep it until it is too slow, then reformat it with Linux and keep it until the Singularity comes. Or the Second Coming. Or the Grim Reaper. I don't know why Hewlett-Packard loves me, but they keep sending me good machines, if a tad pricey. Perhaps I should take a hint and just stick with them?
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