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Member # 2814
 - posted September 25, 2005 11:33
So this weekend I decided to move my office into the living room. You see, my office is a small bedroom, and my compute rdesk ios about 7 feet long, has 2 UPSes, 4 PCs and an iMac (plus a 21" monitor, VOIP gateway, cable modem, wireless hub, etc) on it.. meaning add the queensize bed in the room, and the office was far too cramped.

So I rearranged the living room, put the computers in it.. (the living room is probably 20-25' by 15' or so, so tonnes of room in there.

SO I get everything swapped and moved. I turnmy NFS server back on, and one of the drives makes a terrible whining noise. OK, so a 20GB drive has gone dead. Not a huge deal, especially since I had it in a RAID1 array, meaning no data is lost, I just should probably replace it.

I also decide that I should figure out why my Linux box has been freezing lately. I figured it was because I was using a specific version of Con Kolivas' patchset that caused things to not behave.

But then the computer doesn't even get past the memory count screen anymore. Great.

After much testing, part replacing, and various other nonsense in an effort to figure out wtf is wrong with it, I realise one of the two 500MHz CPUs in it is gone funky.

Needless to say, I replaced the two 500s with two 450s, since it's all I have available.

I should stop moving computers around. :S

On a brighter note, my living room looks awfully sexy now. Maybe I'll take some pics when I finally clean it up completely and post them. Everyone loves h0t p1x.
Member # 4289
 - posted September 25, 2005 11:43
That would make me swear...and I mean REALLY swear [Mad]
Hope it all settles down and runs smooth now [Big Grin]
Member # 2950
 - posted September 25, 2005 12:43
Yeah, that stuff makes me swear too...

One thing I have definitely learned about computers is they *really* don't like being moved - sometimes just one end of the desk to the other is enough to give one the hump!

Why that should be I don't know but it is definitely true in my experience...

Member # 1181
 - posted September 25, 2005 18:56
Wow. I totally sympathize. The worst part is that one bad computer day often requires several days to fix. [Frown]

I'd not only be using language that made a trucker blush, I'd be in a generally bad mood for several days too.
Member # 780
 - posted September 25, 2005 19:17
Dude, I can definitely sympathize with that - well installed hardware /really/ does not like being powered down or transported. I had a few old switches go on me after being powered down for about a day. I think the fact that they were running continuously for a few years just kept them in some kind of 'groove,' and once they were turned off the fans probably didn't want to start up again. :-/ One really weird case I've run into is a switch that started hiccuping big time, and the administration functions were completely unreachable (via serial, telnet, or web), but it was operational. I had to blackbox/rev. eng. what each port was set to...not a fun task... (I really like how my newer equipment lets me backup the config to a server...but old 3Com kit doesn't afford one that luxury.)

Oh, and on a more personal note, my laptop has been having 'issues' lately (I woke up yesterday to dead silence) - I fear it may be dying. :-/ I suppose I really ought to be in the market to buy a new one, but I dislike shopping, and I'm still pretty tossed b/t a Thinkpad or an iBook, though I'm leaning in the direction of the former.
Member # 1181
 - posted September 26, 2005 06:19
Dragonman, see if you can get a Hitachi Prius from Japan. [Smile]
Member # 371
 - posted September 26, 2005 07:12
Yeah - I've also had stuff die from just moving it around the house.

On the other hand - way back in HS we had some Apple II/e's that seemed to require being moved around about twice a year. They would just stop booting, but after being hauled to the service center only to find nothing wrong. Found out after a while that just bouncing them around a little usually solved the problem. Opening the cover and reseating cards also seemed to fix that problem. Besides in the school they were probably due to be blown out every month or so because of the dust buildup.
Member # 4289
 - posted September 26, 2005 14:21
Words of wisdom that are burned into my memory.... "Never make any system changes just before you want to go to bed". Am I right in thinking it is not just me who has sat up all night trying to regain that magical "last known good' state?
Member # 2097
 - posted September 26, 2005 14:27
I have had a score of days doing that...

Great Grummash, now I'm gonna have nightmares...

"No! not that file! the other one!!!'
Member # 1281
 - posted September 26, 2005 16:23
Ouch! Sorry to hear that. But, at least you have a bigger office, no? [Smile]
Member # 3166
 - posted September 26, 2005 16:26
Originally posted by csm:
Ouch! Sorry to hear that. But, at least you have a bigger office, no? [Smile]

Not to mention a really cool spider just outside...
Member # 3836
 - posted September 26, 2005 17:27
See, this proves my point that all physical labor can be nothing but bad for us geeks. [shake head]

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