Last thing yesterday I finished doing all the updates to my Work Desktop, So this morning as I was in the Insane Asylum a few minutes early I figured I’d restart X to kick the new version in. System restarts fine, only No Mouse. “No Mouse = No Problem” Well I’d done the same updates on my Home box the night before.
emerge -va xf86-input-mouse
OK, Restart X… Humm.. Why is my screen just black, why is my terminal screen also just black? No problems, turn off machine and reboot. So I turn off the Desktop, only for the box itself to keep going “click ~ click ~ click ~ click ~ click ~ click ~ click ~ click“ Thats not right?
No problems, Since its powerd down, just take the side off and have a nose inside, power it up…. Nothing.. ok try again….. Nothing.. ARSE!!!!
Now in the old days of the Insane Asylum we had hardware engineers who you could throw your broken hardware at, and they would return it to you all fixed and like new. After all I am the CodeNinja. Not the HardwareNinja. Only now, even though there are three memebers of Support Staff at the Asylum, I had to sort it out myself.
“Easier said than done!”
Considering we do computer repair, our build room is poorly stocked, and i ended up having to take the power supply out of a random computer that had been left unatended in the build room. Of course, the power supply was for a basic sized desktop, and my work machine is a larger tower, so the cables did not reach.
Ok, Rip out all the insides, throw floppy dirve away “After all who still uses floppies?” rea rrange everything at the top of the case, utilising brown tape to fill in the holes where devices used to live, and hey presto, the cables reach!
OK. Power up Computer, and everything works~ish. I’m a hard drive down since my IDE controller is on the fritz and now only accepts it can see one drive. I beleive my machine is running on borrowed time. Poor Gawain may need to be replaced really soon.
And sod’s law states it will happen when I am really really busy and snowed under with deadlines.