Monday, September 07, 2009

COMPUTER BUG CULPRITS (sort of...)

Our desk top computer is only about a year and a half old, but lately it has been crashing with the black screen of death. My first thoughts are always the mother board or hard drive, but my DH did some investigating and discovered that when the computer starts fine and then instantly shuts itself down, usually within minutes of booting up, that the problem is often dust inside the computer that causes overheating. Solution? vacuum it out. So my DH takes the back off of the computer ...and surprise! it looks pretty clean.....
no matter, he diligently vacuums it anyway, puts it all back together again, plugs it in and PRESTO!....the black screen of death again.
so, more internet investigating....cheaper than taking it in for diagnostics to see what is wrong ...
anyway, he comes across another possible problem.......the power supply going out ....intermittent power will cause the computer to shut down (of course) when the power is interrupted. A new power supply is anywhere from $35 to $300, but the source says the $35 one hopefully will do the trick....
So DH decides to pull the case inside the computer that holds the power supply out of the computer so he can check the model number and thus be sure to order the correct new one. So he unattaches the power supply and pulls the case out of the computer...
then my DH gets the idea to open the back of the power supply case to see if there are dust bunnies in there....
...and look what he finds!



Three dead (fried?) large geckos, corroding away on the terminals....
... after cleaning out the geckos and their mess, and putting it all back together.....
VOILA! so far the computer has been working good as new!

8 comments:

jackie said...

Oh mercy!! How weird! Glad DH is so smart and figured out the problem! I'm surprised you didn't find a way to use fried geckos in an art project!
hugs,
js

Angie in AZ said...

Oh Connie, that is just so gross... and sad. But please tell me these aren't going to show up in a new piece of jewelry? Hmmmm?

Joanne Huffman said...

hmmm...computer geckos sound much more intriguing than computer bugs. Have you covered them with resin yet?

Sabii Wabii said...

I am cracking up! That is awesome...I bet tech support has never heard of THAT one! Did you save them for resin jewelry?

Fran said...

I'm with Joanne! Have they been resined? Or at least made into molds?! ;)

trinkets said...

okay this can only happen in cetta land, i think they will be earrings! hugs C
casteel@prodigy.net

Marilyn Rock said...

OMG Connie! I cannot believe this with the fried geckos! WOW! Strange! Glad your computer is working. I still am without mine; it's in shop for awhile and I'm using my husband's netbook. Just figured out how to visit blogs but I still cannot update my own. At least I can visit :) Best always - Marilyn

Anonymous said...

That is just sad. But wonder what it was that attracted them in there to begin with!
?

Can you imagine a Comp. Tech opening that up and finding that?

After telling you the story I could imagine you saying, "Did you save them?" As in, did you throw them away or keep them for me because I am the type of person who can make jewelry out of dead creatures!
(((:::Laughing:::)))

Amber