So my computer died. That sucks, and so far, it really makes me want to give up building computers and really lots of other things to do with computers. It’s just frustration, really not much more benefit anymore.
Anyway, right when it happened, I tried turning it on, no dice. Just absolutely nothing, no lights, no fans. So, I figured power supply and replaced it. Hey, now lights come on and fans spin up. I hear a little hard drive action, but the monitors never get signal. No POST noises or anything but lights and constantly on fans. Take the CPU out and I hear a diagnostic message about a missing CPU, so I guess that’s the problem. Buy a new three-year-old CPU, heat sink, and good thermal interface material. Drop the new chip in, grease it up, and lock the heat sink in place. No change at all. Same lights. Same fans. Same hard drive action.
So, at this point, I’m not sure what to do. I don’t have the time or resources to fully test the components and see what the problem really is. I’ve ordered a new mobo, which brings me up to about $170 on revamping an aging system. I probably have two good single core socket 939 processors, but few people want those anymore. If this new mobo doesn’t fix it, I may just try and sell the lot of it and take some (more) time off from computer ownership.
So many times computer geek type people want things to “just work”, but I find most often they just don’t. I won’t delude myself into thinking that a computer built by someone else will work any better, it will just contain lower quality parts, but I guess I can get a warranty. And, if I wanted a Mac, I’d let you know…