[lug] $300 system [was: hardware question]

Bear Giles bgiles at coyotesong.com
Sun Nov 19 12:07:53 MST 2006

I think it's either that or a cracked motherboard when I slid the hard 
disk carrier home.  I loosened the screws and moved all of the cables 
around (even disconnecting the PATA cables), but it's still not coming up.

I found a $300 PC at Microcenter (DTC).  It's not bad -- 3 GHz celeron, 
512 MB, 160 GB disk (preloaded with Windows XP, of course).  The only 
major annoyance is that xorg only sees a 1024x768 mode on the on-board 


George Sexton wrote:
> I would guess that you mashed a power cord, and it's been cut and is 
> grounding against the case.
> bgiles at coyotesong.com wrote:
>> Quick hardware question.  I just swapped out my hard disk and had no
>> problem installing Debian and doing some initial setup while the disk 
>> was
>> resting on the floor.  I shut down the system, moved the disk into its
>> holder, and hit the switch in the back.
>> Now the system isn't booting.  The fans spin up but then immediately 
>> spin
>> down.  My first thought was that one of the cables had brushed against
>> something, but that doesn't seem to be the case?
>> Any ideas before I make a trek to get a new motherboard or barebones
>> system?  I have a growing fear that somebody cut corners and that 
>> wasn't a
>> hard switch.
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