20070820 – decommissioning storm – 0 – IMG_3276 – empty computer, keyboard, motherboard, clutter
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
My computer died (see below)! I took out parts, one at a time, to make sure that one of them wasn’t the culprit. None were. Finally, I was down to keyboard, mouse, and network card (the harddrives are unplugged). Still, no go. It was unfortunately the motherboard that fried. This computer had kind of grown too huge to fit inside it’s own case, so it was time to finally decomission Storm, start using Hell as my new primary, and start thinking about building a new computer: Hades.
The wiring isn’t quite as crazy at it looks (though it IS crazier than anybody’s Mac and most peoples PCs) — a lot of those wires are for the PS2, which is now also broken.
BACKSTORY: My favorite computer EVER died. Moment of silence for "Storm", 1999-2007. This computer started as 1 of 3 identical post-house purchase computers we built for ourselves, to supercede our pre-existing college-era 3 computers (2 defunct Pentiums and a K6-233 which can still run Win98 today). It underwent one MAJOR upgrade, changing cases and practically becoming a new computer… So from 2001-2008 it was unique. I had really, really, REALLY grown into that machine. I’m still not as grown into my current machine Hades yet, and it has been well over 6 months.
So suffice to say, this computer dying SUCKED. And now I had to salvage all useful parts.
As for the death, I pretty much covered what happened day-by-day, starting at day 1, when it broke, continuing on to day 2, and Days 3-10. I then wrote about 10 more blogposts about the birth of Hades
Butt-head sticker, SATA controller card, clipboard, compressed air, computer case, keyboard, motherboard, network card, screwdriver.
Beavis & Butt-head.
Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.
August 20, 2007.