Its been kind of a bad week for me and computers (nothing new but worse than usual). I did some upgrading to the computer in the front room (the htpc), and re did the entire entertainment center (new gigibit router, mounted router ans switch on the side of the entertainment center). So the htpc starts randomly shutting down. After a few days of trouble shooting, I find one of the new ups's is too small (a bigger one fixed it).
Of course by now, the bedroom computer has started randomly refusing to boot. One of the reasons I got new ups's is that the baby now knows where the breaker box is. the wife leaves a pile of laundry there big enough for him to climb on, so he likes shutting down the power (and she won't watch him well enough to prevent it when I'm not home). The bedroom ups is already messed up from him constantly powering it down when I'm not home. Anyway, I just switched to a new motherboard on it about a month ago, and it just died completely (no post of any kind at all). I suspect its from constantly having power to it suddenly killed, but then again, it is a pos ecs board (luckily I'm only out 25$). So after trouble shooting the power supply, memory etc, I swap back to the old MB and all is good with the hardware. Of course windows seems corrupt a little (random programs keep crashing) but its working. so saturday morning, I start on the ads, just to find, the network and internet connection is dead (just to the bedroom computer but thats the one I do the ads on).
I tried for a little while to fix the network connection to the bedroom, but finally got pissed and gave up (I know, you really didn't need to know all that). I think some better parts might be in order when I get my tax return. As far as the kids destroying it, I cannot stop it when I'm not home. Its in our bedroom and the door locks, but the wife refuses to keep them out. Coming home to a crashed computer (or even cards ripped out of a running computer that didn't have the case side on) is a too common experience. Its at least going to need a reinstall right away.
At least I know how to do all the work myself (and get plenty of practice, lol).