Hardware headaches

Swapped around a hub and a switch in the home office today, and one of the W2K servers refused to connect to the network. Flickering lights on the switch, solid link lights on the NIC, both LinkSys. Cold shutdown and examination revealed the card was older than the version of the driver; reverting to the older, proper driver brought on the Full Microsoft Experience: machine locked up, lost it’s entire driver database, refused to load, refused to recognize hardware, melted down. Okay, not the full eXPerience: I didn’t blue screen. But near enough. A few hours later and the original, incorrect driver is in place, and I’m backing up the few items on the machine not duplicated elsewhere prior to meling it down for slag. Or Mandrake, SuSE, something. Grrrr. I hate hardware.

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