Well, it seems that ‘explodey’ is how my life in computers is lately.

This morning when I tried to wake up Barnacle1 this morning, it wasn’t accepting any input from the mouse or keyboard. I did the obvious thing and tried a restart. Upon doing so, things appeared to be working fine, except that my network connection appeared to be odd. “That’s odd,” I thought, and set out to try to get the problem resolved.

I uninstalled the ethernet card driver, and tried to reinstall, but no luck. I then tried to roll back the driver…. that was a horrible mistake. The machine would then get in this endless loop of “the network cable is unplugged. No, wait. there it is! Nope, it’s unplugged!” and I was unable to do ANYTHING with the machine.

I ended up putting in an old ethernet card I had and disabling the onboard network adapter. I guess this is what I get for having a $50 motherboard….


1 Barnacle is the name of my desktop computer. It was so named because when I firist got the Motherboard to put this thing together it kept being stubborn and refusing to work. I finally got the machine going after several days of tinkering, but by then it earned the name of ‘Barnacle’ for being such a stubborn pain in the hull.

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