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Dying Computer? - RonO's Ramblings

Jul. 16th, 2010 06:54 am Dying Computer?

Yesterday sometime during the day, I quit being able to access my home web server.  For a while, basically until I called home on the home/voip phone and confirmed it was working, I feared that the whole network was out, but it was just my old Linux box.

When I got home, I was able to reboot it and it came up – sort of.  For some time I’ve not been able to get it to launch into x-windows reliably (which isn’t too bad since I keep my mac asleep most of the time so I can get it up just about as fast) and its display has had a noticeable cyan tint.

But as I’m sitting here, I can hear quite loudly the power supply fan, which so far has failed to quite to the standard application of percussive maintenance.

So, I’m again suspecting that it is nearing time to rebuild this system.  Of course a new system will probably end up as, at least, a new power supply, mother board, proc and memory.  As long as the mother board has onboard video, networking and PCI slots I should be able to reuse those components.  Also, I’m hoping I can reuse the hard drives which are less than a year old, and if needed the SATA controller for them.

Then there is the migration issue.  With new hardware will come new drivers, so I’m pretty sure I’ll have to reinstall the OS.  But I don’t want to lose any of my data or configurations.  (Well, I’d gladly loose whatever configuration issue has killed the imap server and made the tomcat server unable to talk to the sql server – neither of which I’ve been able to find or fix).

The hard drives are mirrored raid pair, so in theory I could put them in as unmirrored, install on one and then transfer most of the data from the other.  I also have a good – I think quite good – backup on a network storage box which could be used to recover the files.  But I’ll have to have a strategy for doing so.

I’ll also have to have the budget for new hardware and the time budget to do the assembly and installation.  And, of course, I’ll have to find the current OS install disks – which may or may not be in the box of stuff from the rental house that doubles (at least as far as I’m concerned) as the cat’s step to his windows seat (he prefers to use the computer desk and chair).

Maybe I’ll try some more percussive maintenance first.

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