Down the Docks

November 27, 2006

What Happened

Filed under: Technology — ealing @ 3:26 pm

If you’re wondering why I’ve been so silent, I managed to trash my computer quite badly.

You see, my new employers were trying to offload some LCD panels, and I’m sick of the massive CRTs, so I took three off their hands. Driving three monitors needed an additional graphics card, and I think I managed to do some physical damage to my motherboard when I was fitting it, and somehow also corrupt the data needed to boot both of my installed operating systems.

Whatever the exact problem was, it took a while to get new parts and assemble them. I also took the opportunity to buy a replacement case, an Akasa Eclipse-62. It’s easily the largest case I’ve ever used, and very comfortable to work in.

Anyway, almost everything works again now, and my habit of keeping my data on a different machine than my desktop has proven worthwhile. I also have piles of functional hardware that I need to get rid of, and I’ve no idea how. I don’t seem to be able to sell it. I’ll try giving it away, but I really don’t want to send it to landfill.



  1. Good to know that you’re back up and running! What are you trying to get rid of? I need graphics cards, monitors and a CD burner. 😛

    Comment by Iain — November 27, 2006 @ 4:08 pm

  2. In York the University has a “computer recycling project” where they’ll gladly take decent stuff off your hands and flog it on to community groups, impoverished academics, etc. Maybe there’s something like that near you.

    I feel your pain, I just spent the entire summer having a series of difficulties with HD failure, GFX card inadequacies, and a fried Mobo. I’m only just getting back up to the point of having partly sorted through all my old data and moved it into sensible places on the new machinery.

    Comment by sweavo — November 28, 2006 @ 11:56 am

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