Heart Transplant For Computer November 1, 2008Posted by gordonwatts in computers.
On Tuesday I decided to shut down my home computer. I’m not sure why I decided to do that – I almost never do. I think on average I probably reboot it about once a month because of security updates or similar. It probably gets shut down on average once every several months. I left it off overnight. I have to say – it was nice and quiet in the living room: no fan noise, no disk noise.
The problem is it stayed too quiet a little too long. When I hit the “power” button on the 2.5 year old Dell XPS/200 machine the power light briefly flickered yellow… and that was it. A quick browse on the web indicated that was a bad power supply or a bad mother board. Scary! I really didn’t want to replace this computer yet!! A paper click quickly confirmed that at least the originally supplied Dell power supply was not functioning correctly.
Paula is away, so I’m a single parent this week. It wasn’t until this afternoon I was able to get away from work to pick up a new power supply. Without a computer I did something I’d not done in a long long time: read a book! And I remembered why I don’t read books anymore: I was up till 4am finishing it.
Fortunately, the new power supply fixed this. The original Dell power supply is a non-standard size (small case). The result is this thing has an external artificial heart. You’ll note in the picture it is resting comfortably on a baby receiving blanket. I am very impressed with the way Dell put together this machine – everything fits together just-so. However, I’ve had two disk drives go bad and now a power supply in 2.5 years. That isn’t such a good track record – I’m starting to suspect the box is not cooled well enough! Who knows how long before the motherboard goes! 😦
Nice way to spend Friday night; could hear everyone enjoying Halloween at the bars outside…