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so what happens when the ghost in the shell hatches?

Less than three months ago: I decided that, because my current computer was unstable and refused (for non-obvious reasons) to run 3d games, I would assemble one from scratch.

Five weeks ago: Final components arrive.

Four weeks ago: System is assembled, up, and running.

Ten minutes ago: while playing a game, the system spontaneously reboots–or attempts to. It hangs just after the IDE drive check, saying “Keyboard error or no keyboard present.” Further testing determines that using a known working keyboard (from my Linux machine) doesn’t fix the problem. Plugging the working keyboard into various different USB ports doesn’t fix the problem. Plugging the working keyboard into a PS/2 adaptor into the backward-compatability port doesen’t fix the problem.

On the positive side, there was no sound of electrical discharge, no smoke, and no obviously fried components anywhere in the machine.

On the negative side, I don’t even know how to begin troubleshooting this, so I appear to have a large, brand new, very expensive paperweight.

I’m beginning to entertain a theory that I somehow have the Touch of Death as applied to computers, or at least, ones on which I game.

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