And my desktop box is indeed fairly fried. Tried different power supply, reseated things, etc and still no go. Based on the post beeps, it's either memory or mainboard. Since the whole thing has always been flaky, I don't think I'm going to take the time to deal with it. I've pulled the hard drive and was going to stick it in my old box, but the whole “athlon kernel” thing gets in the way of using it on a dual PII. Oh well, I'll scavenge removable media and boot a CD and put a better kernel on there at some point.
Now the question is do I replace the desktop I rarely use or not. I really have very very little reason to do so.