It's been a sad afternoon in Marietta, Georgia. I returned from the post office this afternoon to find my computer off. I tried to turn it back on and it wouldn't get any power.
After switching out the power supply, it would run but not boot. Tried a few other things like replacing the battery on the motherboard and resetting the bios. No luck.
The diagnosis is that the fan on the power supply stopped working at somepoint and the computer overheated today. That heat burned up the motherboard and the processor. My hard drive appears to be fine though. Well, good enough to pull the data from it at least.
So it's time to build a new PC eventhough I don't really have the spare cash to do so. I'm kind of depressed about all of it because it's difficult to work on my laptop, and I'll have to for the next week or two.
The only bright spot is that my desktop PC will be really fast once it's built and I'll lose a lot of the issues I had with the one that died. The main thing being that I had maxed out memory capacity and couldn't upgrade a lot of software because it became too resource-heavy when I did so.
My dead desktop was originally built in November of 2000. I've replaced some components over the years as things broke, but it was the original motherboard and P3 processor that went today.
The downside is that it will unfortunitely have a version of XP that I purchased through a geocaching friend that works for Microsoft. I really do not like XP and Vista, but at least XP is a stable OS. It's also nice to have a friend at MS so I can buy the non-retail release that is only 1 CD. That makes it much easier to fix any future corruption errors without losing data and dealing with that whole nightmare backup disk crap.
So RIP Desktop PC.