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    Out of Order Screen

    Is it at all possible to have a program that you can boot from a USB Pen that loads a screen saying "Computer out of Order" and disables any input etc.

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    What a fantastic idea!

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    What happens if the computer is reset after you've walked away?
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    spray paint the CRT

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    I know, I know - what's the point.

    I carry USB pens around with me and it would be easy to bang one in a machine and boot up the screen saying out of order, rather than having to log on to another machine to print a bit of paper out.

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    We have our signs ready made and laminated... :P

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    Nono, I think it's a good idea. But do you want it to overwrite the boot sector so that if it's reset the message re-appears, or just hope for the best?
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    Most of the time if a machine fails it's hardware related which can sometimes take a while to fix - so having it write to the boot sector would be a good idea.

    Even better would be to have a menu with an option:

    1) Write to boot (Will mean machine will need a rebuild/reimage)
    2) Display temp "Out of Order" sign (Will mean machine can be restarted and booted back to OS when needed.

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    What if it's the monitor that's broke and you're waiting on a replacement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulsharpe View Post
    What if it's the monitor that's broke and you're waiting on a replacement?
    Tippex it on the screen.

    So does anyone have the expertise to write something like this?

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    How about using PXE boot to do it instead? That way, it isn't reliant on the hardware other than mobo, memory and nic working.

    You could do this using something like 2x thin client server and a session with that as the desktop or something.

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    Surely a stuck on laminated sign is better and cheaper? Think of the cost of the electricity powering a PC that's not working.
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