January 31st, 2004
|04:39 pm - Bleah|
Life sucks hard.
For those of you following littlegreenmen, it's been down for...feels like about a week now. It sucks. Hard.
I thought it was my bleeding-edge development kernel running amok. Turns out that this is no software problem, but a hardware problem.
I got back to the Armory a couple of nights ago and hit the big red button
to boot the machine....and nothing...
So I turn it off and turn it back on...and nothing...No BIOS tone or anything. All the instrument lights with direct lines to the motherboard on the front are on.
So I pop open the machine and have a look at things. On the secondary CPU
slot, there's an array of capacitors and an inductance coil. The coil is _fried_. A number of the capacitors are bulging. One of them has vented
In what was probably a sympathetic case, a few of the caps on the primary CPU slot didn't look so happy either.
Turns out it can run with one CPU, but I don't trust it enough to leave it
alone for any length of time. If inductance coils were easier to find, I'd settle for a couple of days with a soldering iron and have at it. As it is, I don't know the inductance values off hand. I could figure it out, but there is a board on ebay which I'm interested in which will serve as a replacement pretty well.
I think I'll keep the other board around for fun. I'll probably replace the parts some day.
Until then, life sucks without littlegreenmen.
Oh, and if you sent me mail, it will almost assuredly bounce. Most SMTP servers only retry for about 3 days or so.