Good bye, P4MONSTER!

Almost as if in cue with the commencement of my exams, my PC died a silent death yesterday! πŸ™

After a vigorous and inspired session of studies, I decided to take a well-deserved break and go online. After all, I hadn’t used my PC (I’ve named it P4MONSTER),Β  for over a week since I was in my native place (now, that’s another bloggable topic – but later, folks!) due to familial pressures. I thought a break and a blog post would free my mind.

Only to my eventual despair! πŸ™

As usual, I switched on P4MONSTER, ignored the ‘Windows’ option in my boot menu πŸ˜‰ typed my username and password, and logged into my Kubuntu Intrepid screen. I logged into Pidgin automatically and had barely opened firefox when the system hung. The number-pad lights started flashing in maniac fashion. I shrugged and restarted the system – an occasional cranky moment for my MONSTER. But I knew (s)he’d be back in action!

The blue Pentium 4 boot screen loaded up. With a few differences, nonetheless. There were white, horizontal lines popping up, shaking all through, over the boot screen. I knew it’d be a monitor issue and waited – to no avail. The blue boot screen (with greyish-white lines) remained unchanged (apart from a Brownian-motion-ish movement in the lines!). I restarted my computer about ten times, still no change. I couldn’t even log into the BIOS menu.

Flustered, I opened the box up, removed and reinserted the RAM. Tinkering with all the parts, checking if all of ’em are in the right place, I dusted the whole box up and powered it again. This time, I could get into the BIOS menu, but no further. That confirmed it – my Intel Xtreme Onboard Graphics died a painless death! INTEL 865 GBF has been outΒ  of production for over a couple of years now, there’sΒ  no other good motherboard in the market to host my 2.4 Gigs P4 processor! Prasanth confirmed my hypothesis and I’d no option but to cover P4MONSTERΒ  with a white cloth and bid tears (I did that!). It’d been my buddy – my trusted friend, for five years and a month.Β  Apart from minor issues, it had never let me down! I was broken and shattered.

Now what?

I’ve saved up some money to buy a laptop (I’m eyeing a Dell Studio) but the money’s in Fixed Deposit and won’t mature in a while. At the moment, I’m coaxing dad to buy a new system after the exams and he’s almost agreed.

But don’t worry guys, I don’t need a PC at my place to blog regularly! πŸ˜› Keep visiting, there’ll be regular updates that’ll still make you smile .

And, wish me luck for the exams! The first exam (Computer Communication) went well. πŸ™‚


I tried switching on the PC again (after a couple of days) and it magically WORKED! πŸ™‚ However, the Graphics issue with the motherboard is real and my system is really in the verge of a collapse.

By hari

A twenty-something support engineer, web developer, blogger and journalist who makes the web a better place for a living, at Automattic. Immensely passionate about WordPress! Also loves books, music, movies, and drinking hot cups of coffee on rainy evenings. Dreams of writing a book, someday.


  1. I express my heartfelt condolences…
    know how it feels like since, I just recovered from a similar loss [:P]

    and good luck for your exams… do well

    pareeksha samayathu blog ezhathu… poyi padikku makane[;)]

  2. Feel sorry for it! But then, no point in falling in love with computers/laptops….their lifetime is around 2-3 years at max….so your computer died of old age πŸ˜‰

    You shud try for the studio, I bought one for the company from the UK and it was hell cheap and its pretty good too.

  3. Dey i felt quite the same for my bike when it was sold. I was happy that it hadn’t died, but this is tragedy. I didn’t feel the same for my PC coz my sister KILLED it

  4. Oh man I always cry at tragedies to PCs πŸ™

    hehe on a better note, why not eye the EEEpc? Especially for ppl like us who HAVE a PC at home.. and the EEEpc is really portable πŸ™‚
    I want a lappie but I cant justify my wish.. especially with just a year old new MONSTER in my room πŸ˜€

  5. Da , reminds me of my 865GBF crash . had to adjust without a pc for some months ..
    Now that I got the studio , i don’t even plug in my PC at all . Its a gr8 piece of hardware dude …
    @Abhi :
    Even I felt the same when I had to sell my yammie 2 weeks back ..

  6. @ Josmy:
    I know how you feel, sis… And thanks! πŸ™‚ Nammal oru poleyaa. Padikkunnundu. This is multitasking. πŸ˜€

    @ TheAnand:
    Honoured by your comment here! πŸ™‚

    That’s a practical approach you’ve mentioned, but still man’s an emotional being and is bound to fall in love. πŸ˜€

    I’ve almost fixed the studio. Let the money mature! πŸ˜›

    @ Abhi:
    Thanks for the empathy bro. πŸ™ Well, you’ve got a lappie for yourself now, right? And I guess your PC too died of old age, like mine. πŸ˜›

    @ Sriram:
    Ditto, buddy. πŸ™

    About the EEE PC: Hmmm, well, you’re right, but I don’t exactly have a PowerPacked monster at home right now. πŸ™ The PC’s working now (technically, at least) but it’s already past its prime and might die down any day. I think I’ll do with my studio. πŸ˜€

    @ Abhijith:
    Lucky you (about the Studio)! We’re GBF buddies, yeaaa!!! >:D<

    And, selling everything off for the IRMA trip? πŸ˜‰ All the best, chetto! πŸ˜€

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