Jan 182005

I’ll bet you are all waiting with baited breath to hear about what’s going on with the computer, aren’t you?


It still doesn’t work.

I went out and got yet another power supply today, as I was pretty well chastised for buying one of the ones that was not strictly reccomended on the Hardware Analysis forum. I’ll be taking the Mad Dog back. I’m also sending back the power supply that I bought from newegg, and taking a $8.40 hit on that (as well as the cost of shipping).

At this point I am, surprisingly, calm about all of this. It’s gotten to a point where if I don’t laugh it off I’ll become an utter and complete raging asshole, and my family doesn’t deserve that.

So I’m taking one last stab at it with the equipment I have here at the house. As per the reccomendations of one person on the forums, I have removed absolutely everything from the motherboard. I will attempt to hook it up tomorrow morning with NOTHING attached, and see if I get a POST. If I do, I’ll connect the processor. So on and so forth.

I’m not suspecting that I will get any results, but I’m going to try.

If it doesn’t work I’m going to call ASUS again and arrange to send the motherboard back to them. I can’t get my money back for it at this point, so I’m going to stop getting boards from newegg and get one straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were. I figure if I send it to them they can tell me if the board is defective or not and either fix it or replace it. I don’t care which. I just want a motherboard and processor that work.

So I’ll have a new computer…sometime. Even if I have to eat the cost of the motherboard and order a completely different one (at which point I’ll probably have an extra PCI-Express video card for sale…heh).

But it’s all good. There are too many good things in my life to be worried about something like this anymore, and far too many bad things that make this seem petty.

The post that netgoth made earlier today is an example of the good.

The fact that R. is not doing well at this point is an example of the bad.

Mom has her brave face on, but she’s cracking…and R. seems to have given up any hope of recovery.

So it’s just a matter of time.

That’s a reason to be depressed.

Not the fact that some hunk of metal isn’t doing what I want it to.

Oh…and while he’s shown an amazing amount of restraint after his initial comment, I know that ross_winn is out there having some kind of Macgasm over this. I have but one thing to say. There are two people on my friends list who, at this very moment, do not have their iBooks because the hard drive failed. Two of them. I know three people on my friends list who have iBooks.

That’s not a healthy percentage.

I’m not saying that Mac’s aren’t all that and a bag of chips. I know they are. But they aren’t perfect, and making the decision to buy one would not have suddenly made all my computer woes disappear forever, and when my shit breaks I can fix it myself.

So there.

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