Following on from yesterday's post about my home server's meltdown, let's just say that the day didn't exactly end well. At around 11pm, the Debian install onto the second PowerMac hung when setting up some component. It was time to give up for the night.

This afternoon I decided that I'd had enough of trying to build a central service from recycled components and gave Hard Drives NorthWest a call. I've had a number of good experiences with these folks in the past, so I thought I'd just customize one of their standard systems. I picked a Core 2 Duo based machine with 4GB of RAM and a 320GB drive. Not bad for just over $500.

Anyhow, on with the install.

9.22pm - Everything unboxed and plugged in. Ubuntu install disk at the ready. Boot!

10.31pm - The machine won't even post. Just a single flashing cursor on the screen. I tried reseating the RAM, draining the CMOS. All to no avail. I can't even get it into the BIOS. Back we go to Hard Drives Northwest in the morning.

Sigh. This shouldn't be this hard. It never has been before and I've built plenty of machines. Maybe it's just that now I've turned 40, technology hates me.

To be continued. Again.