...alright, there probably wasn’t any reports at all…
Yeah; I’ve been away. Just over a month ago, I noticed that my new super-beast rendering machine wasn’t recognizing keyboard or mouse activity. I couldn’t logon to Windows (yep, I checked to be sure that the keyboard and mouse were working on other machines). It looked like all of my USB ports had been fried. Not cool.
I logged on using Remote Desktop and darn near had a heart attack. In Windows Explorer, two of my hard drives were not showing up. Worse, one of those drives held all my 3D stuff…all the Daz downloads and my runtime libraries. All the usual IT tricks didn’t work - powering the box down and trying again, etc.
I kept it switched off and started to wallow in self-pity. Best case, I buy a USB expansion card. Worse case, I buy a new motherboard. Very worst case, a new motherboard AND weeks of Daz downloading and installing. I just couldn’t face it.
Yesterday, I steeled myself and powered up. Maybe the drive was salvagable and I could move it to the smaller server? To my very pleasant surprise, everything worked correctly. Just one of those weird IT things and yet another testament to the adage, “always have a known good backup.”