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Sniff, sob, time to bury the old HP laptop...sob, sob

By robo_dev ·
My old HP E500 laptop passed away yesterday after a brief hardware malfunction.

She died quietly, first a BSOD and the ominous message:

*** Hardware Malfunction
Call your hardware vendor for support
*** The system has halted ***

Then, despite immediate intervention, she would no longer go through POST, with or without her hard drive or RAM chip.

I think it was her heart that failed; and since that component is soldered to the main board, I was not able to save her.

She was a tough old bird. She was a 'parting gift' from a former employer when I left there.

I swapped video displays on her when her backlight failed, and she went through at least two hard drives in her lifetime.

Many cherished photographs and emails passed through her ethernet port, and her PCMCIA slot always kept her Cisco WLAN adapter safe and warm.

Her final years were spent being a video monitor for a security DVR system, as her 1GHZ processor was not able to keep up with the younger computers.

Burial at sea will be on Sunday at noon, weather permitting.

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I feel the same way about my '94 Sentra

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Sniff, sob, time to bury ...

With 260K miles, she started chugging and downshifting when in fourth gear last month. I need to nurse her along until my replacement vehicle becomes available in November. It's going to kill me to put this faithful steed down. I've seen the identical model driven by a local auto parts employee; I may ask him if he wants her for parts. The alternator has only 10K, the front axles only about 40K.

Funny how we become attached to inanimate objects.

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My Amiga

by Juanita Marquez In reply to I feel the same way about ...

is in what I would consider cryostorage, except there is no cryo, just storage.

It was put gently to rest in "suspended animation" when Commodore turned its back on her and the world embraced Mac and PC instead. She is capable of being fired up still. I don't have the heart to banish her from storage.

A friend of mine has an ancient Mac that was signed by Woz. Wonder how much it would be worth?

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Cool, signed by the Woz Macintosh

by robo_dev In reply to My Amiga

Of course Apple made 50,000 units that had the Woz signature molded into the plastic case that were considered to be 'signed by the Woz'.**

If it was actually autographed by the Woz, and there was some way to authenticate it (e.g. photograph), then it might be worth a grand or so to a collector.

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My understanding

by Juanita Marquez In reply to Cool, signed by the Woz M ...

is that it was an actual signature. I could be wrong. I'll have to ask her about it.

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Still got the Escort after 335k

by NickNielsen In reply to I feel the same way about ...

About to put a new alternator in, which upsets me. The one that's there now only has about 170k miles on it.

This new stuff just isn't made to last.

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Truly bizarre.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Still got the Escort afte ...

The day after I posted that comment, the tranny started behaving itself.

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Automatics are like that

by NickNielsen In reply to Truly bizarre.

You may want to change the fluid and filter, though.

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