18 Sep 2000
(updated 18 Sep 2000 at 18:41 UTC) »
I'm breathing a sigh of relief at having finally figured out
what was wrong with Laila's computer last night.
At 2 AM, I was finally able to translate the 1 long - 8
short beeps from the AMI BIOS into the appropriate "bad
graphics card" message. In this case, "rad graphics card"
would've been more appropriate--the Matrox G200 AGP just
quite seated correctly.
It isn't like I hadn't already checked the card a few times,
even swapping the previous card--with its feeble PCI
bus--back in. Unfortunately, the motherboard was seated
just slightly low in the case, causing me some difficulty
with all the cards. Being more than a little bit
frustrated and tired when I finally came to that revelation,
rather than disassembling the box again (I'd already
had to cannibalize my FreeBSD box temporarily for testing
parts), I just hammered on the card until the motherboard
decided that it was statisfactorilly seated. Heh. I'm
pretty sure that moving the cable that I had had running
under the end of Matrox probably helped a bit too.