About a week ago I stopped my computer, it normally runs 24 hours a day, for its bi-yearly clean-out to remove any dust and fluff which could be starting to clog up the filters on the case air inlet and to blast any dust off that got through to the CPU cooler.

As expected the filter in the air inlet was covered in fluff so I gave it all a good clean.

When that was finished I re-connected and turned it on and – nothing!

It wouldn't boot. To cut a long story short it turns out that both the mainboard and the RAM had failed. Luckily both are still under warranty but unluckily the mainboard is no longer made, these things go out of fashion very quickly, and has to be returned to Taiwan for repair. This, I am told, could take 3-4 weeks.

I can't do without my computer for that long as it's used for web site maintenance, email and the like so I retrieved an old computer from the cupboard, took the hard drives from the failed computer and put them in the old one. The old computer booted up and we're back to normal. Well, not quite.

The CPU is only 512MHz and has to work its poor little socks off to run most of the heavyweight modern software. Waiting for a web page to display is like watching paint dry.

So now we have a geriatric owner and a geriatric computer. Not a good combination. I decided that in order to preserve my sanity I would have to upgrade the oldie. I have managed to buy a secondhand mainboard via the internet, a power supply unit (PSU) from ebay and a faster 2 GHz CPU from someone I know. This combination should give me a computer that is about 4 times faster than the current old one.

All I have to do now is wait for the various items to arrive, upgrade the computer and, hopefully, my sanity will be restored.

I haven't bored you have I?

Hello?

Hello?

Is anybody listening?

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