Sunday, October 31, 2004

PC Build 1.3

It's working!!!

It took forever to transfer some of the files and setting from my old comp to the new one via a direct serial cable, but most of that's done now. I still have to set up a couple of other ID's on the new comp and there is some tweeking to do. One speaker isn't working (1/5) and I still haven't really put the vid card to the test...but for the most part, the things working fine. Twas a learning experience.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Thus endeth the curse

Wish I had been able to stay awake for the whole thing :^)
96 years without a championship and all those close calls and heartbreaks.

Congratulations to Boston and their beloved Red Soxs!!!

Monday, October 25, 2004

PC Build or Blunder...depending on your perspective...1.2

I followed the motherboard manual to the letter, got everything connected to the labeled buses, powered up just fine, but for the life of me I couldn't get the damn thing to see the primary or secondary drives. After two days of frustrating trail and error I finally took it to the pros at a local shop. They are charging me $35 for a diagnostic which will hopefully yield a working PC.

I tried everything I could think of, scoured the web for info...since this is a very new motherboard there ain't much and the ASUS site is worthless when it comes to tech support and trouble shouting. I suspect the fix will be something cryptic that I'd never have figured out on my own. I should have it back on Saturday and hopefully it won't cost and arm and leg.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

PC Build 1.1

Wow...been a while since I was here. I've finally ordered the last of the parts for my new desktop. The total cost of the system will be about $1300. Here's what will make up my new system:
  • Intel LGA 775 Pentium 4 520 2.8 GHz, 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache, Hyper Threading Technology - Retail
  • ASUS "P5GD2 Deluxe" 915P Chipset Motherboard For Intel LGA 775 CPU -RETAIL
  • CORSAIR VALUESELECT Kit 240-Pin 1GB(2 x 512MB) DDR2 PC2-4200, Model VS1GBKIT533D2 - OEM
  • Seagate ST3160023A-RK 160GB Retail Box Ultra DMA 100, 8MB Buffer, 7200RPM
  • ATI RADEON X700Pro Video Card, 256MB DDR, PCI-Express Model "100-437402" -RETAIL
  • 19" Samsung 997DF monitor
  • Creative Labs Inspire 5200 5.1
  • Mitsumi USB Digital Card Reader/Writer W/FD (Black)INTERNAL, Model FA404A/404M
  • Microsoft Black Basic PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse
  • Microsoft Windows XP HOME Edition With Service Pack 2 -OEM

The harddrive isn't the latest and greatest, but I can add a second SATA 150 drive to the board later. Also, there's integrated sound on the board, which may require a future upgrade as well.