My old Dell Dimension 9200 computer broke yesterday. I took a look at it today and couldn’t figure out what the problem was. Just diagnostic lights 1, 2, and 3 lit, which according to Dell’s Users Guide  means “other failure.” I checked all hard drive and power connectors, re-seated all RAM modules and extension cards, to no avail.
I had thought before that maybe I have too many computers in the house, definitely more than I need. I don’t do as much with my computers at home anymore, so I didn’t put as much energy into fixing the Dimension 9200 as I would have in the past.
Still, this was a good computer. I bought it in January 2007 , and with its 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 2 GB of RAM (later 4 GB), and 7200 RPM SATA hard drive, it greatly sped up a lot of my research work in grad school. It had a great, simple, and expandable case.
I do have to admit, though, that a few years ago, the power supply gave out, and I had to replace it. The computer that it replaced was rather short-lived, from mid-2005 to January 2007. The computer before that, a Pentium III 733 MHz from Micron, lasted me from the beginnings of undergrad in August 2000 until I moved to Seattle in 2011 (although it wasn’t my primary machine anymore after mid-2005).
I’ll miss the Dimension 9200.