A friend brought me a new PC I had ordered from the US. It was a reconditioned Gateway. I have purchased a lot of refurbished equipment and never had a problem. My first problem with this PC was getting it up with Vista. Since it wasn’t new, it didn’t come with the restore disks, documentation or anything.
When I booted it the first time, it displayed a message saying it hadn’t completed the previous task correctly and to reboot. All boots, from now on, brought up the same message.
Yesterday, I called the Gateway support desk and after being on hold for 20 minutes tried to reinstall the system by using a hidden install partition. Unfortunately, the support attendant could not bring up the partition and he said I would have to send it back for replacement. Since I had checked out the PC with a live CD of Linux, I decide I would just go with Linux and forget Windows Vista.
With that decision, I went ahead and installed a second drive that I had bought for Linux and more memory. I did the Linux install and it came up with no problems. However, when I booted, the boot screen showed a Linux system and two Windows options. The first Windows option just got me back to the original problem. The second Windows option took me to the Window’s Vista Reinstall partition.
I tried the reinstall and it went without problem. Now I had a dual boot system running, but all systems required maintenance. I applied maintenance to all systems and all went well. To this point I was a happy camper. My Desk, however, was a mess. Two monitors and two keyboards and two mice. Then I decided it was time to try out my KVM, so I could control both PCs from a single KB, Mouse and a single monitor.
First I made sure that Windows recognized my wireless KB and mouse. It installed the required driver. Linux was happy. Now I powered the system down and hooked it up through the KVM. I first booted Windows and it came up fine. I was ready to declare success, but still needed to run Linux through the KVM. I told Windows to restart and selected Linux at the boot screen. Then the screen went black and the entire system was dead.
No lights on the front of the PC and no indication of power. I am hoping it is a bad power supply. I took the PC to Micro Technology to have them check the PS. I have used them several times with good results and trust their service desk. Unfortunately, they close at 1:00 PM on Saturdays, so they won’t be able to check anything until Monday, which brings me to my request. I want ever reader to think positive thoughts for the problem to reside in the power supply. If that is the problem it is a simple fix. If it is not, things become difficult.
Nothing is perfect. Somethings less so than others. I guess I needed a new challenge.