Mar. 17th, 2017

sohotrightnow: Buffy Summers, hands on her hips, smiling and looking satisfied. ([buffy] darkness is a harsh term)
So after a fair bit of trouble-shooting, I finally narrowed the issue down to the motherboard (well, most of the advice I saw for the issues I was having said that the culprit was, in order of likelihood, the power supply, the motherboard, or the processor, and it wasn't the power supply or the processor, so). I ended up ordering a new one, and then saying fuck it and upgrading to both a new motherboard and a new processor as well. When I went out to the local computer parts store for RAM, the dude was extremely impressed ("whoa, that's a beast"), which was kind of fun!

Anyway, yesterday afternoon I finally got everything all installed, and it booted after a couple of false starts and some messing around with various cables and clearing the CMOS.* I was so excited when it finally booted, after spending most of my spare time since Sunday trying to get it working, that I literally did a couple of victory laps up and down the stairs, bellowing "IT'S ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE", ngl. This was the first time I'd really done so much from scratch; the original incarnation of this computer, I had a lot of help with the initial build, and had made several upgrades of varying difficulty on my own to this and other PCs, but this was my first time flying solo for so much.

Alas, my wireless antenna is not working, but to be honest it was a cheap thing I bought a couple of years ago and I'm amazed it's still holding together at this point, and since the new case is a lot more roomy than the old one and a good wireless card was less than $10 I just ordered one from Amazon. Hopefully once I get that installed the thing will stop complaining at me about missing drivers since I'll actually be able to download them, plus Mass Effect: Andromeda is now available to pre-load in preparation for its release on Tuesday.

* Place your bets on how quickly I lose the CMOS jumper, shown here next to my thumb for scale. The old mobo was much easier since the board had three pins and the jumper fits two, so jumping just required moving it over one, then back to where it normally sat, but this board just has the two you put the jumper on when you're clearing and then you're on your own trying to keep track of it the rest of the time. Fortunately clearing the CMOS isn't something that needs to be done often.

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