August 26th, 2010

Computers 01

Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Quit Sniffing Glue...

Am stuck at work, setting up a new e-mail server to replace my beloved Cobalt RaQ, which apparently had the computer equivalent of a stroke. Just stopped working altogether right after lunch. My initial diagnosis was a dead hard drive, but after several hours of trying to install a new one I have come to the conclusion that it's not the hard drive, but the hard drive controller. The machine hangs a few seconds into boot no matter which of five different hard drives I try to install. However, it doesn't hang if there is no drive installed, at least not until the part where it goes looking for the hard drive. Bozhe moi!

So I am currently loading a fresh copy of XP Pro onto a machine pulled off the recycling shelf, which meant I had to reinstall the drive and memory I'd pulled out of it when it went on said shelf. Once the updates are done, I will attempt to install hMailServer. We'll see how it goes. Of course, the real kicker is that it has poured rain here for the last four days, but today was sunny, and I was looking forward to riding. Bother.
Computers 01


Did not get the new mail server working. I set up all the accounts and such, but there must be some setting I'm missing. Am home now. Will try again in the morning.