Yesterday was my birthday. Gordon bought me all sorts of coloring loot and Kid 1 got me flowers. Kid 2, who is in New York, wished me happy birthday.
Also my computer’s mother board quit. The PC froze in the middle of something, which it had never done before; I restarted and ran straight into the dreaded no video output. Light are on, fans are on, nobody home.
Did a hard restart. Held down the power button to drain the residual power. Nope.
Turned everything off, drained residual power, checked RAM one by one. Nope.
Removed video card, tried onboard video. Nope.
Removed the battery to reset CMOS. Nope.
Tried a different power supply. Nope.
Realized I hadn’t heard any diagnostic codes. Removed all RAM, restarted… and no beep. Without RAM, the motherboard should beep continuously. It didn’t. It might mean there is no beeper is installed, but a quick search told me my model should have had one, so it is likely the motherboard.
So we took the PC to Best Buy. The iBuyPower unit is less than a year old. We bought it in March. We get to Best Buy’s customer service, explain the problem, and the customer service dude says, “No problem. We are not going to fix it. We will just replace the whole thing. Go get a different one.”
So we went to go and get the different one, but they didn’t have that particular model in the store. So I picked out BB953, which has slightly higher specs and liquid cooling and is identical to Gordon’s PC.
We bring it to the counter. Everything is proceeding as planned, until the customer service dude says, “We can’t see it to you.”
“I don’t know. Let me call the corporate.”
Fifteen minutes later it is determined that iBuyPower has issued new barcodes for that particular model, and until every Best Buy store nationwide sticks all the stickers in the right spot, none of the units can be sold.
I ended up picking out an air-cooled system that was slightly lower on specs than the previous PC, but at that point, we had no choice. I need a working PC. I have a working computer again – yay! – and my backups made sure that after an hour of tinkering, all my programs are loaded, all my cloud services are synced, my bookmarks are back in Chrome, so I am good to go. 🙂
Then we came home, and my Dobbie decided to have a bout of sickness. She laid on her pillow, refused to get up, and looked mostly dead. She has drastically improved by the evening and is back to her old safe today, so it must’ve been a stomach or some other weird bug. She is a senior dog, so we are used to slight sickness that comes and goes. So we dodged a bullet there.
Despite these potentially disastrous things, I had a lovely birthday. It was laid back and fun and I got to do all of my favorite things, including knitting and playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
Today is back to work day. 🙂