Things were going pretty smooth today, when suddenly my screen got some bluish snow patterns on it, then froze. No response from the PC at all. Upon rebooting, I got some weird ASCII characters on the BIOS screen, some more bluish snow, then nothing.
Subsequent reboots yielded nothing. No video signal at all. Everything else appeared to work (fans, drives, etc.), just no video.
Well, 7 hours later, I think the video card is dead. Like I drew a random encounter card in a board game. "Hardware failure! Pay $200." Fortunately, I have this backup laptop. It's pretty old, but I can use it search the internet for diagnostic info. And post this neato hardware photo!
I'm able to get it to display again, when setup out of the case, and using a different PCI slot. But the weird characters and patterns are still there. I have some more testing to do, but it sounds like video card's the most likely candidate.
Looks like I'll be shopping for hardware tomorrow...
NEO Scavenger Safe
The good news is that this shouldn't affect NEO Scavenger too much in the long run. I'm not expecting any lost data on the HDD. And even if there was an issue, I have backups from last night on a separate server. It's just an annoying loss of my primary development PC for a few days.
Whew, what a day. Hopefully, we'll get things back on track soon!