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I assume I just make life difficult for myself.
The last week has been given over to computer troubles. My theory is that the extra strain of running at the higher resolution required by the new monitor finally pushed *something* over the edge into the Land of the Fucked. This is, of course, the downside of my habit of upgrading computers by rolling upgrade. My faithful (hah, right) desktop has been with me since 1994, has had about 4-5 motherboards in that time, and no longer contains any of the original parts.

I thought I'd isolated the problem to a bad memory module yesterday, but now it's refusing to boot at all. And after I'd just spent ages rebuilding the the software from scratch. Not sure what I'm going to do about it though. I guess I'll just get by with the Linux desktop, Linux laptop, and Tablet PC for a bit.
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From: mikewd Date: October 10th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
My guess for that sort of problem (especially if it's intermittent) would be heat or power supply. Running at the higher res is going to mean some of the video circuitry running faster, hence hotter and more load on PSU.

Although I would have thought it would tend to boot as that would be runing in VGA mode (so it may come back when whatever is iffy cools down).

It could be something like one of the power rails being on the edge of the spec. If you've got an accurate DVM you could try monitoring the PSU rails and try blowing cold air on key areas like the video card/PCI bridge chips etc.
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