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Broken Things

Posted Thursday, April 26th, 2007 9:11:00 pm
I have been quite annoyed over the past couple months with things that aren't working the way they should.

First is Kathy's computer. Mind you, the specs on her computer and mine are exactly the same. However, she's having serious issues. Firstly, her network card sometimes doesn't fire up with the computer, leaving her networkless until she shuts down and reboots. Second, she's got a KVM that doesn't seem to want to work with her new computer, causing the keyboard and mouse to not work, forcing a physical reboot of the machine. I could attribute these problems to Windows Vista, except my computer works just fine. The KVM could be the KVM itself, but Kathy's been unwilling to test it out. She lives with it, but if it were me, it would drive me straight up a wall.

Second is her monitor. I got her an LCD for her birthday in December. Now the red channel's gone. Apparently I'm going to have to send it in for a trade.

Lastly is my UPS. Yes, the big $1,000+ one that cost me $60 just to get it from the leasing office and into the apartment, the one that took me hours to install into the rack. Well, it doesn't work. That's right, I got a big, thousand dollar paper weight in the bottom of my rack. I haven't gone through all the troubleshooting I should with it, so I'm hoping that it's still salvagable. However, I'm not liking the idea that there is a strong possibility that I will need to return this UPS. It costs hundreds of dollars to ship, which is about how much it weighs, too. I'm not happy.

The rack is mostly done, but I just haven't had the energy to disassemble and reassemble the two Linux boxes and put them into the rack. That said, the rest of the rack is fine, and I'm quite happy with where the setup is going. There are still too many cables to worry about, but that comes with the territory of so many servers.

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