I spent the day trying to make an old PC get on the network, and I failed valiently. The machine connects to the network just fine in DOS. Load NT4 or 2000 though, and it shuts up fast. I didn’t try Linux, though I was threatening. I tried another 3Com 3c905. Nothing. I tried it in every possible PCI slot. Nothing. I swapped in an Intel EEPro/100. Nothing. I found an old ISA 3Com 3c509 card in a rehabbed Gateway2K box. Nope. All it did was sing to me. “I have no need for friendship, friendship causes pain. It’s laughter and loving I disdain. I am a rock. I am an island.”
Actually it didn’t even do that. It just stared back at me defiantly. Even when I told it I’d throw it in the pond. That just made me madder.
Stupid Intel motherboards. Too bad when you order a brand-name PC you can’t tell them you want an Asus or a Gigabyte. I swear by Asus. Lately I’ve been swearing at Intel. Wait, who am I kidding? I’ve always trusted Intel as much as I trust Microsoft. Which is about the same as I’d trust Slick Willie Clinton with my 17-year-old daughter, if I had a 17-year-old daughter.
And the system’s not even a month out of warranty either.
I’m frustrated because I’m the third guy to take a stab at this, and I’m the guy they turn to to take the impossible situation and manage to work it out. This one beat me, and I can’t stand losing.
Good thing I get a long weekend. I’m gonna go hang out with some of my Bible-thumpin’ buddies.
Katelyn update. Katelyn didn’t have surgery today. She’s in good enough shape to not need immediate surgery, but not in good enough shape to go home. They’re going to give her as much time as they can to build up strength, then it looks like they’ll go back in, unless something really changes quickly and she’s able to go home for a month.