My faithful i3 based minitower which has done double duty as a linux workstation and a file server for the home has finally given up it’s ghost.

It simply would not power on last night.  No display at all, and after about 20 seconds, the fans ran up to full speed, making a frighteningly loud sound.

After removing all the plugs & components and the CMOS battery, leaving it overnight, and then putting just the minimum back in, I was greeted by 4 beeps everytime I plugged the power cable into the PC.

That settles it.  Most likely cause is a bad power supply.

The good thing about using an old PC (10 years old by now) with very standard hardware, together with a very user friendly distribution (Mint Linux in my case) is that when the hardware fails, I can literally just move the hard disks to my replacement less old minitower (5 years old) which had been a test machine, and everything boots up working fine.  Drive mounting, shares, lan connection – it all worked beautifully.  All the drivers needed for the replacement PC were already in the Linux Mint installation.

So I am back online with my workstation/server again, and can take my time to troubleshoot and fix the old machine.

Standard hardware modules.  Unexciting for the techie who needs to be at the leading edge, but quite frankly, there is nothing better for swap and play.