This past Thursday, we finally decided to rip it up. I mean, literally - rip it up.
Then, we decided to take it out the backyard to see what the heck was clogging it all up.
It was just as we suspected. Collin had flushed a freaking toy cell-phone down our toilet!
and yes, we took the toilet out in the backyard, twisted it, turned it, sprayed it, and finally fished out the darned thing so the toilet could work again.
Aren't two-year-olds the bomb? Thank heavens, no, or we'd all be dead, but they do occasionally provide many hours of otherwise well-spent time into nothing but headaches. Headaches well worth the while, for sure. :)
So... Yeah, the video above is just about our wonderful toilet experience, and also about the fact that the Gigabyte ga-m55sli-s4 does not have a working driver in Linux for the digital-out audio feature.
Yeah, my server died a week ago today (last Sunday), and I've been running everything from my back-up server since then. The culprit is either the motherboard or the CPU because the darned thing won't even POST - at all. No beeps, no video, nothing but fans spinning. So, anyway...
I spent a good 8 hours working on the darned thing, just to make sure I wasn't crazy, because the motherboard I chose as a replacement did everything perfectly except the aforementioned audio digital-out. I've got myth-tv on the server, and use it to provide my family's home theater media. So, after 8 hours of pounding keys, I verified that I'm not crazy, because I have two of those motherboards here, and neither of them worked, while providing the exact same symptoms.
So, I got my hands on a Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DS5 which proved to work completely perfectly.
Everything now is back to full working order, except that my server is faster and newer now.
Also, we can now watch the 1080p content coming out of channels 2,4, and 5 through our Comcast connection with the PCHDTV 5500 cards, without stuttering. Evidently the old computer just couldn't keep up with the HD content, because now - it flows like a cool crisp mountain stream of digital goodness. Holy cow, it's beautiful.
Anyway... That's about it for now.
Toilets and Servers.