Pretty sure my PC just crapped out on me... not sure why, but it won't power on anymore. The power light comes on, but it doesn't spin up the drive. I swapped out the drive and it never even tries to hit the BIOS.

Usually if I powercycle it a couple of times, it will boot. This reminds me of when I was a kid and I yanked the keyboard out of the PS/2 slot and it fried my motherboard. I haven't taken it apart yet to inspect for damage, but I have a strong feeling that's what's going on.

Maybe it's time to leave the world of big desktops and just use a miniPC I have had sitting on the shelf for the last 6 years.

All the power of my current rig has sort of been wasted anyway. I have reduced my RAM usage to less than 2G at the peak usage and my CPUs never spike above 30% on one of the 8 cores. (Technically sometimes I hit a bug where it maxes out 2 cores, but I won't have to worry about that since I won't be using KDE anymore for the main desktop)

@herag check RAM seating. Seems unlikely, and yet I've fixed more than one PCs where the RAM chips had just sorta shaken loose.

@klaatu looks like it was a bad processor. It has never worked like it should have. With 8 cores at 4.2 GHz, 16G of RAM, that system should have been blazing fast... instead, it would hang all the time. In the end, I cracked open my case and there are like black burn marks in the motherboard around the processor.

@klaatu it's really too bad. But I have been reading about the Intel i7 7700K processor. It is sort of a fiasco.

@herag yeah, pretty sure those shouldn't be there. I go AMD whenever possible, meself. Not that they can't make mistakes but i do tend to prefer them.

@klaatu haha, yeah I am searching around for an AMD miniPC. I realized recently that I don't really need this beast of a computer that drinks up electricity like a fish to water. If I can find a low power mini PC I will be happy. Heaviest program I've used is gimp, I think.

Heck... I wish I could figure out how to get Alpine Linux on the RockPro64. I've already got a couple of those, and they are more than powerful enough.

@herag @klaatu maybe a refurbished thinkpad & a docking station? those are usually a pretty good deal.

i was recently searching for an amd mini itx board and cpu for my file server and only found either underpowered cheap ones (~50€)or pricy ones where i'd have to buy a ryzen as cpu so i'd be at around ~300€. my desktop PC for games doesn't even have a ryzen! :D

@herag I would check 1. the button itself. they may stuck and sent the power off signal to system. 2. the power supply. if 12V supply died off then motherboard will run but not much of the HDDs and other periphery. 3. BIOS battery. when it dies some boards cannot read the initial settings and don't start the system. 4. memory, as said above. 5. CPU cooler.
actually, if there're problems with memory, video or cpu motherboards should beep some times. the number of beeps signals the certain problem. but I'm not sure modern boards support this protocol.

@iron_bug in this case I think it might be a little late. The motherboard has burns on it. I am afraid I ignored the periodic issues for far too long.

@herag it's all dependent. if just some capacitors burned out without serious damage - it's not a big deal and can be fixed. if some chips went out to smoke after capacitors shortage - it's much more serious.

@iron_bug I will check it out. I just saw burns and though... well... that was fun.

@herag btw, nice blog. I went through it a little and found it decent. I also try to build suckless system. not with Alpine, but Void Linux with musl. it's customized, I forked it and keep my own parallel build, trying to clean it up and purify.

@iron_bug I have long considered using Void. It might be better in the long run, but I also really enjoy how nothing is installed, basically, with Alpine. And from my Slackware experience, I am quite accustomed to compiling things now.

If I were to use Alpine on my RockPro64, though, that will require a lot more effort. Getting it to boot is quite a big deal from what it seems.

@herag I run Void on my working laptop and my server for many years, the musl-based build. it's pretty stable. I'm a programmer and compiling is my daily routine. but lately Void switched to OpenSSL (they used LibreSSL before) and I decided to keep LibresSSL on my machines. so now I have my own variant and it's patched all over. but it works fine.
@herag I tried Slack but many years ago, somewhere in the beginning of 2000s. it was very basic then, list a set of archives with sources. I also dealt with gentoo at work for some years. but looking all over I slowly come to an idea that having my own distributive is the best option.

@iron_bug I can't argue with that at all. I hope I can find a way to do this as well.

@iron_bug question, do you maintain the packaging for the libraries on your own? Or do you use Void's packages for that?

@herag I use Void packaging system. yet. though, I have some very little patches in it. they don't make difference, just set preferences for build.
@herag but I write my own configs for packages, and have many patches for code. patches for musl, patches for libressl, patches for my own changes I made in packages and code.
I deleted python from running system and now work on deleting it from the building process as well. want to get pure C/C++ system, ideally.
@herag and I also packaged some new packets, like palemoon with jack2 support and some other things I packaged.
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