[ubuntu-za] Stupid me, fried motherboard testing ancient and most venerable linux

Bill Cairns cairnsww at gmail.com
Tue Jul 21 20:12:01 BST 2009

Where are you?

On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 5:41 PM, David Robert
Lewis<ethnopunk at telkomsa.net> wrote:
> Stupidity,
> Not content with letting a Windows 95 setup be, and thinking I could do
> a lot better by putting a minimal install of Ubuntu and dropping in
> IceWM or LXDE, I have now fried the motherboard.
> It was all working fine. I put in an ethercard and booted up but was
> interrupted. Then when I tried to do the install again, damn machine
> insisted on using etherboot. could not get out of the loop, and would
> probably have to flash to the rom since old bios and one thing lead to
> another. There I was hauling out the motherboard, cheking manufacturer
> details, the whole caboodle, when  I realise I  need to verify  from the
> system bios,  /I plugged in the board, which was not grounded and it
> shorted by connecting with the metal casing.
> /Bang goes the project. Now I have to explain to the person whose
> computer it is, and who lives in Gugs, that they will never see their
> Windows 95 on the 188 mhz P11 with 49mb memory again, because the board
> is dead, green light but not even a beep when memory out. RIP VX Pro
> Ultra DMA 30
> It will cost about R350 to buy a second hand machine and some air
> freshener to clear the fumes from the short.
> Totally broke, so I am appealing to Ubuntu Loco. Anybody have a spare
> machine, or working socket 7 board they can part with, Y2k is also fine.
> Thanks
> David Lewis.
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