Aaarrggh, my brand new Antec Sonata III computer arrived yesterday from Arbico Computers Ltd. See post two below here to see why I ordered it especially after researching for a very quiet computer. The trouble is that this one is too quiet – it doesn’t come on at all! Out of the box I found the ON/OFF rocker switch wouldn’t go off – then when I moved the computer to its resting place in my lounge, the switch did operate properly. However, although the speaker clicks every second, the computer won’t stir and nothing on the monitor. No document arrived either, except for some of the software and the motherboard. So I am having to guess what the buttons and recesses are for. I googled Antec and found a case mechanical drawing so I know which slots in the front are USB and discovered the third is an eSATA for an external hard drive. I have one of those but no leads until a Maplin visit later. I found two round buttons on the front. Because it is all black I have to lie on the floor and peer close up. The large button has a power symbol but pressing it doesn’t do anything. The small button is marked above by a triangle but I’m no wiser what it does – perhaps a reset?
Basically this is a DOA – dead on arrival. Arbico tech support are supposed to phone me after 10am today. Hope not too long a wait as I intended to cycle to Mold for a haircut in readiness for my dad’s (RIP) life celebration in Cheltenham this weekend.
Come on, Arbico, you have a good reputation for making silent computers and I need this beauty to help me master all the accounting, manuscript preparation and web mastering I need to do for my new publishing job.