December 31st, 2005


We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please stand by.

I came home yesterday to find I couldn't get online. After cursing the wireless access point, I realized the server had shut itself off and wouldn't restart. Not good.

After some rather panicked few moments, determined the power supply was bad, raced to Fry's, $80 later, and arrived home with a shiny new 500 watt power supply to replace the 400. Carefully performed the surgery, plugged her in, fans spin up. HAZAH! Followed shortly by, "Wait a minute. No picture. No beep."

Triple checked connections, reseated everything, blah blah. No matter what I tried, it wouldn't post. What I suspect happened is the fan motor on the north bridge chip started pulling more and more juice putting a strain on the power supply, fan finally seized up, north bridge chip overheated. Death was probably slow and painful.

I've decided to take the desktop from my room to replace the server. Unfortunately, I also decided I should upgrade to serial ATA. Sadly, SATA drive won't boot the image. I think it's because Windows Server 2003 doesn't have the SATA drivers built in and can't load. I've decided the best course of action is to get a good image on another IDE drive. Boot with the IDE in the new box as the boot drive; plug the SATA as secondary. Let Windows start and driver up, then re-ghost that onto the SATA one.

I think that should work.

Unfortunately, it's been a comedy of errors. I won't boot the original drive just in case there are problems (I want that install to remain as it was). I was up until 6 frackin am last night, and got up at 11:00 to continue this quest to get that image. I've tried Norton Ghost 7, 9, and 10, all to no avail. I finally just got version 8, which appears to be doing the trick. I'll know in approximately 6 minutes, 31 seconds.

I'm tired and hungry. And wtf is up with the rain?!
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