...or at least, that is what my husband called it. A few days ago I had started a render. I had let it run overnight and went down to the home office in the morning to check the progress. To my dismay, the computer was off. I tried the power button a few times, but to no avail.
I had been seeing a few warnings about the CPU temperature, so I figured it must have shut down to prevent the CPU from frying. My hubby is "tech support" for the whole family, so I figured I'd let him take a look at it to figure out what was going on.
Of course I was not home to witness what ensued, but as he described it, it must have been quite the show. He had opened the case, disconnected then reseated a few components, then switched the power on. For a moment, nothing happened, then the motherboard sparked and literally caught fire.
He quickly shut everything down, and thankfully no other components were damaged from the fireworks display, but for the motherboard there was no coming back. And although my husband had previously sworn off doing PC rebuilds, he did go ahead and buy new parts and rebuilt my computer. In the spirit of the Million Dollar Man, my PC is now stronger, faster, and better in every way. In addition to the new motherboard, he bought a new processor, more memory and an upgrade video card. A pretty sweet deal for me, if I do say so!!
Although I'm not sure if there is a moral to this story, it did have a happy ending. I am eagerly looking forward to re-starting that render...now if I can just the find the time to do it!