Perhaps I should say firewall, as that is what it was supposed to be. My mom recently asked me to check her firewall which had stopped working. It had been making a grinding noise for a while then just up and died.
The firewall is a PC based firewall running Endian Community Edition. When I got to it the machine would not boot at all. I tore it apart to find this:
I of course cleaned the machine up and tried to save the poor things life. Alas I was unable to do so. The motherboard refused to boot regardless of what I did, which included changing the CPU, RAM and PSU. In the end I replaced all the hardware to include the PSU.
The new hardware came from my stash of parts. I had these parts set aside for a firewall or networked media box but the security of a family network takes precedence. The new parts were:
- Intel D945GCLF2 Motherboard
- 1 GB RAM
- Pico PSU
- Generic RTL NIC
- Laptop HD
I don’t recall the make of the NIC, HD or RAM off the top of my head. I went with a laptop HD since they are a bit more tolerant of heat since this thing was likely to see reduced airflow over time. Overall it is a pretty hefty upgrade as the original hardware was a PIII 433 with 256 MB of RAM. The new gear is a dual core Intel ATOM with a GB of RAM.
The internals went from:
The original PSU and floppy drive were left in place to prevent large holes in the chassis. The system has been in place and running like a champ for a few months now and I have not heard any complaints.