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Sunday February 17, 2002
05:34 PM

Man bites dog!

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Here's a story that's an new twist on a familiar news story, but instead of "dog," think "motherboard,", replace "man" with "jjohn" and "bites" with "destroys." That's right after years of replacing my own computer hardware, I have destroyed my main Window's PC. I lay the blame for this incident on a power supply with a soft switch. The bastard sprang to life as I was removing a video card. You say "why didn't you unplug the machine before opening the box?" To which I reply, I did the other 99 times. Actually, I thought I had unplugged it that time. I was very surprised to see the CPU fan start moving!

Anyway, now I need to decide what I'm going to do about this. My Window's box was both my gaming platform and my TV. I will try to use one of my linux boxes for TV and I might have to content myself with Atari 2600 games, which is ok by me. Should I replace that box with a MacOS X box? A new Linux box? Another Windows box?

Have you got a really bone-headed hardware story? Do share!

[update: This incident forced me to finally get one of my TV tuner cards to work under Linux. I'm using xawtv and it works ok. It's unstable in a completely different way than the W2K version, so that's new. I think I can live with this for a while. At least until Farscape comes back on the air.]

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  • Well, that sucks. I feel for ya.

    I was just trying to add another 40 GB drive to my computer when I finally discovered that I didn't have a spare 4-pin connecter anywhere! Doh! All the other cables are used on other stuff. I'll probably end up just switching out the old hard drive with the new one, but I was hoping to use both. I'm gonna hold off for a while, though.

    Ah, well. I needed to pull out the Creative DVD drive anyway, which crapped out after less than 6 months. That didn't impress me. Se

    • The G5's are supposed to be out soon, and I'd hate to see you wishing that you had waited.

      Good point. Another good point is that I don't feel like spending more than $1000 on a machine. I normally buy really low end machines. That way, I don't care when they explode. Had I done this to an Apple, or even a new Dell, I would have been really pissed.

      As for a Linux box versus a Windows box - why do you need separate machines? Why not just split the hard drive? Or, perhaps run WINE within Linux?

      I gav

      • Yeah, I was gonna say, you aren't exactly in the market for the G5. The G5, if it exists, is for people who do multimedia for a living, or like to have the latest and greatest Just Because.

        If you want Mac OS X, though, you *will* want a G4, though you might be able to get away with 500+ MHz G3, and 256 MB RAM. And you can get a used G3/500 Mac for under $1000. But I'd really suggest looking into a G4, which'll put you over. And make sure whatever you get that it's well-supported by Mac OS X (I think a
  • That's right after years of replacing my own computer hardware, I have destroyed my main Window's PC. I lay the blame for this incident on a power supply with a soft switch.

    No, no, you've got to be wrong there. It has to be MicroSoft's fault. Sue them for every cent they've got. If you win, I want a cut.
  • Replace with a linux box running freeciv [freeciv.org]. :)

    I'm with you on the Atari 2600 games! I've seen rumors that Stella, the 2600 emulator, is soon to be GPL'ed. Toying with the idea of building one of these [classicgaming.org] but totally differently, with an embedded system running Stella.

    --
    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • Ack! I meant one of these [classicgaming.com].

      Note to self: after clicking "preview," remember to actually change the mistakes.

      --
      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers