I have never seen a CPU fail in service before. That is, until yesterday. I found that my main machine had stopped – dead. After a spot of parts substitution from my backup machine I found the cause. To paraphrase John Cleese, “‘E’s passed on! This CPU is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! (Advanced Micro Devices) ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, ‘e rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed ‘im to the motherboard ‘e’d be pushing up the daisies! ‘Is electronic processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! ‘E’s kicked the bucket, ‘e’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible! This – is an EX-CPU!” I would add the final comment of the version from the Secret Policeman’s Ball, but this is a “family friendly” ‘blog.
So, I’m now running a rather slow machine, with the backup machine even slower, having robbed an old Duron CPU from one of my test machines.
These little things are sent to try us.