One, my desktop PC has totally crapped out. I can't get it to boot up at all. When I press the ON/OFF button, I hear the DVD player cycle, and a couple of fans start up, but nothing else happens.
The other thing that has happened is the gate motor has quit working. That, and the gate lights as well.
Yesterday, I took the PC in to Fred at Corozal Virtual Office, for him to take a look at it and see if he can find out what's wrong.
Then, I called Arturo Rancheron, the electrician, to see if he can get the gate motor working again.
He and his wife (who's an able assistant) came and began troubleshooting the gate area. What they found was a lot of the wiring was, in places, stripped of insulation, so it was shorting out.
|Broken Pot Metal Waterproof Housing|
|Receptacle Clogged With Dead Ants and Debris|
|Arturo Cleaning Dead Ants Out of Receptacle|
|Even More in the Cavity Behind|
Our front gate area as been a constant attractant for ants. Must be some juicy electrical fields right around here.
Yesterday evening, I called Fred for his assessment of the PC. Not good. He apparently got it to begin to come up, but that's about it. He said the disk is telling him it's locked. He can't get it to a state where he can enter my password. Not good news. He was going to try later in the evening again, but it's looking like I may be starting from scratch - new PC, and no recoverable data. Oof course, I didn't have a viable backup plan in place. Foolish me. Well, more on that later.
So, that's all I know for now. I'll let you know more as I know more.