August 11th, 2006


Dead computer. Argh!

The motherboard on my main home computer seems to have stopped working, rather suddenly. I moved the computer over about a foot while it was running (a no-no, I know, but I was quite gentle with it!) and it locked up, and when I tried to reboot it, it did the thing where the fans and drives spin up and nothing else happens. I did all the usual "replace all the parts" diagnostics, and still no go.

I am as yet undecided as to whether I shall try to buy a used PIII-capable motherboard that takes PC-133 ECC memory and has an ISA slot for my beloved old USRobotics modem, whether I shall buy a new motherboard and CPU and memory and modem. The computer was quite fast enough for my needs as it was, so I have no real desire to upgrade, but buying a used motherboard on short notice is a pain.

Suggestions for what's the current hot item in low-power low-noise relatively-inexpensive reliable motherboard/CPU combos would be much appreciated. I use this for typing and for having zillions of browser windows open, not for games.