it’s that time again, when old hardware starts to fade.
The below is copied from some mail I sent out to people who use tnir.
Poor old tnir is having hardware problems.
The technical description is that it goes beep a lot instead of booting.
Sometimes it takes me three tries to get it running.
Even now, when it seems to be handling internet traffic properly and allows me to log in via ssh, the top â…“ of the Fedora login screen is inexplicably black.
I fear tnir is not long for this world.
I am setting up Michael’s old PC to be a stopgap tnir.
I will use it while I shop for a permanent replacement.
It’s only a stopgap because of the reason it’s Michael’s *old* PC – i.e.,
it turned itself off and for a long time we couldn’t get it to turn on again.
And I have no idea why it was off nor why it is now turning on again.
Tnir is a venerable old 700 MHz Pentium II machine, so it’s about time it got replaced.
Also, I’ve been meaning to replace Fedora Core 3 with a more modern Ubuntu Server.
I hope the new hardware will have dual ethernet on the motherboard
(it was always a pain in previous tnir incarnations to have two ethernet cards),
a relatively fast CPU (say a 1.8 GHz Core Duo),
and lots of disk space – I have a 160 GB drive available that will be replacing the current 80 GB drive,
which is roughly 70% full.