...rational thinking hopefully kicks in.
Nothing worse than the trying to start up your main household PC desktop and getting nothing, right. Yup, the PC that has all your wife's email accounts, your iTunes library, family pictures, tax returns and information on it. I think I have all that stuff backed up, right? Oh, wait...the external drive I bought for backup purposes is starting to go south on me according to the S.M.A.R.T info.
Fortunately my PC has something called a D-bracket on the back and feeds out red and green LED patterns that can be used to diagnose boot failures. After watching it attempt to boot and failing in any number of different processes, I broke out my power supply tester. Yup. Power supply has gone south as well.
Minor parenthetical thought here: Over the years, I've had THREE Antec power supply units fail. Note to self. Do not buy another Antec power supply. While I'm at it, I've a number of Western Digital hard drives fail as well...including the one that was supposed to be my backup storage vault. Do not buy any more Western Digital drives.
Busted out the netbook and hooked it up to the giant Samsung PC monitor and the wired network for speed purposes and the Dude family was back on the air. Sort of. Mrs. OD couldn't access her email accounts as she uses Outlook Express on the dead box. Probably shouldn't have mentioned to her that I've told her repeatedly that box mail can't hold a candle to web mail accounts. Somewhat of a mistake I think.
Went up to Fry's this morning and browsed the offerings. In that my PC is somewhat of an antique (maybe 6-8 years old but at least it's an Athlon 64), I needed a power supply with the four pin molex connectors for my hard drives and optical drives. Yes, they're IDE connectors but I said it was an antique. The mobo does have four SATA ports, tho. Maybe I should look into upgrading one of these years.
After installing the power supply twice and getting the wiring all neat and orderly for improved case air flow, I booted. It stalled with three greens and one red LED. Could either be failure to find the hard drive or ISA. Tore into the hard drive connections and did a bit more wiring wizardry but no dice. Stalled in the same process. Wash, rinse, repeat for about 45 minutes or so.
The PC is sitting on the dining room table with the side cover off and no external peripherals attached. CPU Tommy probably is already laughing.
At this point, the light bulb clicked on. I should hook up a monitor and see where in the boot process it was hanging up.
Now with the monitor attached I booted up and it stalled in the same spot. The onscreen message read "Keyboard not found. Press F1 to continue".
Needless to say, with everything hooked up and attached in the right jacks, etc., the system booted up properly and I'm relating my long sad tale of woe.
On the plus side, my zombie computer is still kicking along with its new power supply. I take credit for that. I'm also using a different brand of power supply and the PC is now dust-free. There was easily enough fur inside the box to make a new cat when I opened it.
Gotta wonder how to continue by pressing F1 without a keyboard, tho.
New PSU on left, dead PSU on right
Unused connectors in hand
Power supply has left the building
The new PSU has landed
I used to do wiring jobs like this.
Back in the day.