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Computer Mayhem

by Josiah T.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a piece of a longer writing project. You can view the entire project here: Computer Mayhem

The following is a piece of writing submitted by Josiah T. on September 25, 2007
"This is a follow up to "Computer Mayhem Part I." You probably want to read that first....."

Computer Mayhem Part II

I feel like running at the computer with a hammer, screaming. Instead I take a look behind it. That would do it, I say to myself. The key board isn't connected. I shut the computer off, and plug the keyboard back in. I enter the BIOS and set the proper boot sequence. Now I should be able to just let the sequence run its sequence. However, I know from past experience that "shoulds" don't always apply in the world of computers.

leaving the new one to do it's thing, I go back to the computer that has spyware. I find two of the anti-spyware programs that we use, SpyBot Search and Destroy, and Ad-Aware, and install them on the computer. I know that this won't solve the entire issue, but it might help me figure out what else is on the computer. I set SpyBot running, and go to the computer that won't boot.

Just for kicks, I plug it in and turn it on. The computer is dead - I get absolutely nothing. Looking at the note on it, I see that the people who own the computer have recently had a power surge in a lightning storm. Going for the simplest problem first, I open it up and remove the modem from the mother board. Not even bothering to put the side back on, I stand it upright and plug it back in. Still nothing.

At this point, I'm fed up and tired with the computer. I go to work on somthing else. Remembering the computer that I built, I check on that. It's asking for a Product Key code. Scrounging around in the box, I find the package that has the Windows CD that goes with the computer. I type in the code that I find on the back, and let the computer finish.

By now, It's well after 3:00, and the computer with spyware has finished one of it's scans. SpyBot has picked up over 200 different errors, which I tell it to fix. After a minute or so, I set Ad-Aware scanning. Ad-Aware takes much longer to scan than SpyBot does, so I go back to the computer that won't boot.

Grabbing a power supply off the shelf, I take the computer down, and start un-screwing the power supply off the back. I notice that the computer is a Dell. Rolling my eyes, I continue unscrewing. Dell computer's are not very friendly to technicians who aren't from Dell. Part's can usually only be gotten directly through Dell, so they charge mega bucks for things like mother boards and power supplies.

I finish taking the power supply out, and discover that my fear is right. The power supplies that we have won't go in it.

At this point, I have a headache, and I still have 1:30 hours to go.....

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