This morning I came to the lab and turned on the new Linux server that I have been playing with over the last few days. Well, hang on, lets go back a bit: first I turned on the UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply — something very necessary here in the land of blackouts and spikes), the monitor was still switched on, so it came on immediately. I knew this because of the buzzing noise it made and the small plume of white smoke that rose from near the switch. But what I saw was the power LED on by the switch, so I turned on the system unit. Maybe it was just an insect that got near the electrical gubbins. When the system unit comes on, the monitor switches from stand-by to ON and, of course, the smoke switches from whispy and white to thick and black. I turned the UPS off again!


  1. lydia Says:

    Arent you supposed to cook on a stove?
    So what happened next? Do you have UPS? Is the whole system bust? ( I know little about computers but I know that thick black smoke it not a healthy sign)

  2. Mark Says:

    Perhaps the powers that be, inside a monitor, decided their decision to elect me pontiff was a cardinal error.

    Thick black smoke is not a good sign. But after the UPS was switched off and the window opened, the smoke cleared. Then I took the offending monitor away and left it with a vague idea of opening it up to look for beetles at some later date.

    I replaced it with a spare monitor which is larger and better.

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