c.10 days ago I came home, found the main breaker tripped,
and subsequently discovered the dishwasher's pump had failed
and the power supply on my computer was fried. I presume the
pump's failure was the initial event (it'd been making weird
noises). I haven't done anything about the pump yet, but
yesterday replaced the power supply.
however, when I powered up the machine, all I got was 3 long
beeps. nothing else (in particular, nothing on the display).
half-guessing and half-remembering beeps like that mean the
BIOS is very unhappy, and a typical cause is memory, I pulled
one of the two 256MiB PC133 DIMMs. by chance, I pulled the
right one, the machine came up (sort of, more on this later).
ah, Ok, I lost a DIMM. no big deal. back to the shop, bought
a replacement, inserted it, and 3 long beeps again. eh?
I presume it unlikely I bought a bad/wrong DIMM, and so now
wonder if the slot / socket / associated circuity / whatever
might have been damaged (fried?)? assuming I didn't damage
something when I pulled the original DIMM, is such a thing
I realize I could play swap DIMMs with the other socket (I
only have two slots) and work out whether or not the DIMMs
that caused beeps really are bad or not, but I'm reluctant
to do that, and I've more serious problems anyway ....
the BIOS/CMOS isn't holding the settings anymore for hdb,
which whilst the Slave is actually my main HDD, and the
one nominally booted. that is, the settings are no longer
programmed in, and when I reprogram, they vanish on the
next reset. I can force hdb to boot by manually probing
it with the BIOS, but that's a PITA. any suggestions?
(both HDD drives (ATA), hda and hdb, seem to be fine.)
and both the DVD-rewriter and CD-rewriter aren't responding,
(e.g, when I press the open button, nothing happens, and
neither was detected by Linux when booting). this is a bit
weird, as I checked when when I installed the power supply
that they flashed their lights. now they don't appear to
be powered. since they are on the same Y-cable for power,
I'm going to guess, ATM, I just knocked the Y-cable loose
whilst playing with the DIMMs (physically possible), but
this problem has me even more annoyed than the hdb problem,
since it means I've no backup drives!
grumble .... anyways, the main question again: is it
possible to loose a DIMM memory _slot_ when a power supply
fries? is there anything I should look for when I open up
the case (mainly to investigate the DVD/CD problem)?
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