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Computers really hate being turned off

  • 2nd Jun, 2005 at 9:26 AM

This morning, I decided to finally get the Internet connexion off my laptop and plugged into germany, my router. The router has been a trusty friend of mine since 2001 and I built it myself. With my bare hands. Everything needed to run my home network works off of it, so I just plugged in the DSL modem, set the username and password, and with a quick /etc/init.d/ppp restart, I was off.

"Yes," I thought to myself, "now to check my e-mail."

So I switched to ethiopia which is my primary workstation. Typed in a username and password and then, uh-oh, hard disk failure. Turned off the computer, turned on the computer, turned it off again quickly as the disk was trashing about. It was making hammering noises, like prisoners trying to break out of the case. I opened it up and found, to my chagrin, that the primary hard disk has gone bad.

I pulled out one of those spare hard disks I was talking about, plugged it in, and realised that it had no operating system. Of course! So, I downloaded a copy of Debian installer RC3 and away I went. I'm very impressed by it. The last time I had to install Debian was about a year ago and I had been using boot-floppies. This thing is great, though.

Now I have a system that boots and runs. The next thing to do is to setup, well, everything else.

Updated at 9:45: Hey wow! Due to excellent forsight, my home directory lives on another drive. I just mounted that and I'm mostly OK again.