Friday, January 02, 2009

New Hardware

Tuesday I decided upon a project with some of my pictures. I had been mulling over which ones to print out and work with and I had finally settled on several. I came home to find there had been a power outage. But not just any power outage. One that created a huge noise when the transformer blew up. Well, everything worked normally, except the PC of course. The PC wouldn't boot.


Wednesday night I got my hands on a power supply tester as well as a power supply from my sister's old pc. The PS tested just fine. Great! That means that the cheapest part to replace is fine. Thursday everything is closed so Friday I get to go out and buy new motherboard, RAM and CPU. Get it installed, and nothing. Still won't boot. Back to the store and got a new power supply and NOW it boots. Now I just need to get everything tweaked back to the way I like it and all should be good.

Oh, those pictures? Still can't do 'em. All my hard drives are older which means they all require IDE interfaces. New motherboards only come with one IDE interface so I can connect the DVD and one HDD. One more piece of hardware and I am all hooked up!

Oh yeah, Qwest... I could get a connection for 5-10 minutes after bootup then Qwest would boot me off. Got that fixed tonite too.

Two good things came out of this I guess. One is a faster computer (old was a single core 2 Ghz. This is dual core 2.7 Ghz) The other is the fresh realization that I don't need this stupid thing except for pictures.