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27 June 2002 @ 11:15 pm
For the computer techs in the audience  
OK, so my computer stopped working. For a while, it didn't do much of anything: when you hit the power button, you heard the fans spin up, but the hard drives didn't, and the screen never got a signal. It was like that for three or four days, then suddenly it decided it was bored and wanted to beep. So then, when you turned on the power, it would spin up the fans and then beep three times, pause, beep three times, pause, and continue repeating that cycle. That was exciting when it was new, but hardly what I got the computer for.

I was all getting ready to take out extraneous parts to bring it back to Gateway's original hardware when a coworker of mine said "I used to work for Gateway. Gimme a day to see if I can come up with a solution." He spoke with his wife, who is also a former Gateway computer tech, and they decided on two things. First, the beeping was a sign that something wasn't seated right, and I should remove and re-seat all the cards, chips, and plugs from the motherboard. The second was that I needed to flip the voltage switch on the back of the computer and then flip it back.

Needless to say, I never got as far as removing any cards, chips, or plugs. Move from 220 to 110 volts and back (or reverse - I don't know what the US standard is, I just flipped it back and forth once), and suddenly everything works. Go figure.

So next time you are dealing with symptoms like mine, try that.
angelicfall on June 28th, 2002 12:02 am (UTC)
Heh, of course, i do everything the hard way, and would have probably reseated things before trying the switch...