Pegboard Computer: Chast Syem

Stuff! Other Stuff! Poor attempts at speaking Russian!

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    For once the upgrade was actually precipitated by a different computer. Hades (my main computer) was running a tad "slow" with its mere AthlonXP 1800+. I'm sure you can all sympathize. Anyway, I was trying to justify a new CPU and motherboard for Hades and it hit me that the Pegboard Computer actually was running a tad slow. If you have been keeping track, you know that it is only running a PIII 550MHz Slot processor. Not exactly a speed demon. With that excuse in mind, I set out to find a new Asus board and AMD processor. I ended up with the A7N8X and an AthlonXP 2600+ CPU. With those parts (and some Corsair PC-2700 DDR I picked up to go with it) I upgraded Hades and pulled its motherboard and processor. True to form, I didn't start upgrading the PbC until after midnight. Everything went on pretty easy since most connectors were in similar positions. Yup, its all good...
...Except for the fact that I neglected to check the power supply. For a PIII, 250watts might be good. For an AthlonXP 1800, it is somewhat less than satisfactory. Then there is the TV card, Sound Blaster Live, DVD drive, and two hard drives. Hmph. 2am and nowhere to go. The good news is that the spare parts off the pegboard were to be used to build yet another computer. In a gloom, I put that computer together and went to bed. Why is there always something I forget? I think last time I forgot about AGP4 not liking old boards. This left the wall lookng rather barren. The PbC has been there for years and the wall looks just plain weird without it.
  After a quick trip back to Microcenter for a decent power supply I came home and wired everything to the board. After rounding up some help to get the thing back on the wall, I hit the power. Screen comes up and low and behold: no IDE anything. I turned the power back off, reseated everything like a good boy and restarted. Still no IDE drives. Hm. New cables: no drives. <sweat starts flowing> Did I finally kill something with static discharge? I unplugged everything but one hard drive. The hard drive shows up! I plugged the other one in. They both show up! I plugged in the CD drives. Nothing comes up. <???> I unplugged one and then drives reappear. It doesn't seem to matter which drive, just so long as there is only one drive on the secondary channel. At long last I got to format the hard drive and install WinXP. Ahhh the glory of XP...

   But wait, that isn't the end of it! When I turned the PbC on there was one other thing I noticed other than the absence of IDE drives. The PbC now sounded like a vacuum cleaner. The fan that had been in Hades was a Thermaltake 7000 RPM job that moved a heck of a lot of air and let you know it. Well, that wasn't going to do at all. I did not want to be watching TV with the "sitting in the back next to the jets in a 727" effect. Another trip to Microcenter.The new fan is way the hell better. Like 10db quieter. Of course, the new power supply has a second fan that is facing out into midair that helps make up some of that lost noise. Now sleep. Sleep good. Not get sleep when writing papers and studying Russian. Evil conjugating Rus.........

<Snoring>
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<TV Gunshot>

Huh? Oh right, so, thus ends another chapter in the pegboard's lengthy history. It now has USB ports up the wazoo and a fast CPU to boot. I forget exactly why I needed that faster processor. I also forget why I thought this was part four for the last few days. And why the hell does it keep snowing! Every freaking weekend for the last few months it's snowing. Anyway, I think I'll go play some Desert Combat until I nod off again. Oooh, helicopters...

<Random Invisible Picture>


I think this is the newer picture. Lets just assume it is and not ask questions, shall we?

I moved the "GLARE" cloaking device to the primary hard drive for security reasons. Wouldn't want the CIA spying on my Psych papers or Russian flash cards!

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