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We can rebuild her! ...maybe?

So Brooke tried slapping a new drive in my Dell, and all was going fine for a while, she even asked me for a name. Going with the fact it was Ahnai ("Holy") before, I chose another TPNN word and named it "Enah," meaning "My child."

But, then she said it was starting to hang on reboots. After that was an email saying "I'm beginning to lose hope. It's *possible* that it's a simple heat problem. More likely it's that heat or something has damaged something. In which case a new system from ENU or elewhere is going to be cheaper than trying to fix it."

At which point it occurred to me that while they were trying to find out what was wrong with the computer, the one guy said something about the processor in regards to rapid heating and cooling. I wasn't really listening at the time, because he'd already said he didn't know what was wrong, so I figured he was just guessing.

*Sigh* And I was looking forward to Ahnai's rebirth. Poopsticks!

Crossposted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org

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wizwom
Mar. 12th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
Cat fur clogging the fans has been a trouble for me.
fayanora
Mar. 12th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
No cats here, but there was a fair amount of dust in there when we opened it.
kengr
Mar. 13th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
Not a lot of dust (now). And it's not like it's having *time* to heat up.

Some of the hangs have been *before* the BIOS screen comes up on a *cold* boot. Or partway thru the BIOS progress bar.

I could try dismounting the CPU heat sink and reapplying heat sink compound, but at that point you are getting into "more trouble than it is worth". Especially with the design on this one.
kengr
Mar. 13th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
Well, a trip to Stuff to see if they have any "adequate" used boxes might be a thought. That *could* be cheaper than a new system from ENU. At least in the short term.
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