A horrible end to a horrible week
It has been a bad day today following up on a very difficult week which had far too many problems.
Today computer hardware problems have caught up with me bigtime. Over the period of the server migration period a few problems have occurred which I largely ignored as not being too important. One disk drive went down in a more modern computer I am building to replace an older one. Another developed funny video problems which I treaced to overheating as it only appeared after the computer had been on all day. I solved it temporarily by leaving the case open and ordered another fan to fit when I had a moment.
This morning when I started up, one computer screen went phut - it is pretty old and I suspect the power supply has failed. After checking the fuses, I switched it out for the screen on the spare computer. I thought I better get the fan fitted on the overheating machine. Went in easily but the computer instead of loading windows properly came up with the helpful message that it was ok to turn the computer off. After much fiddling and cursing I eventually found the video driver was corrupted. Like most windows problems once you have found the problem all sorts of other things have gone wrong and it took me 4 hours to get the system back into a usable state. Some things still remain to be fixed, but it is essentially operational.
I am now back to three working systems which is the minimum I need to operate everything. A new screen is on order which should get me back to the position of having a 'spare'.