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Woo Yay!

I've just put together my first PC from scratch... with some invaluble verbal support from jikatal and only occasional mild annoyances from air_bizkit I'm sat here listening to the hum of the Athlon 2500xp I just put together.

Out of the packages they were delivered in.

This was rather daunting at first, but, I started, and before I knew it the chip was greased up and it was in the motherboard with heatsink & fan firmly attatched.
Then I realised the hard bit was done, and I found it fairly easy too. Woo Yay! Go Me.


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Jan. 14th, 2004 01:45 pm (UTC)
Nice one!

I remember doing much the same thing back in early 1999, only then it was an AMD K6-2 350MHz chip.
Jan. 14th, 2004 10:38 pm (UTC)
Excellent job!!

You realise you're on a slippery slope now tho! ;)
Jan. 15th, 2004 03:01 pm (UTC)
just like Anime then......

*just say no, kids, Crack is cheaper!*
Jan. 15th, 2004 12:37 am (UTC)
don't you guys READ
hmmm? did somebody say something?....

well done, the first time is always a bit scarey... hehehe
Jan. 15th, 2004 03:03 pm (UTC)
yeah it was, made worse by the little voice in the corner saying - "god, sam, you're shaking like a leaf"
Jan. 15th, 2004 05:12 am (UTC)
*offers the official geek crown and scepter* [aka. taped up Buddy Holly glasses and pocket protector]
Jan. 15th, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC)
i don't need them, i'm one of those very rare breed - Cute Girlie Geek :-)
Jan. 15th, 2004 08:13 am (UTC)

Congrats! I've been working at the other end of the spectrum (geeky pun intended) and fixing my Commodore 64...which I'd guess is about a million times less powerful than your new beastie.

Should probably be concentrating on getting my real desktop beastie up to scratch tho - it's only 5years old rather than 20

Jan. 15th, 2004 03:11 pm (UTC)
Alas, it's not my beastie..... :-(
Jan. 15th, 2004 04:31 pm (UTC)
We must be in parallel universes or something, today I've put together my first PC from scratch too, also an Athlon XP2500+, also for someone else.

Everything worked except the graphics card, so I just get a blank screen, 8 beeps, a pause, then another beep. I know I'm easily amused but I'm gonna get bored of this pretty soon
Jan. 15th, 2004 07:15 pm (UTC)
eep :/ Sorted yet?

btw I took the machine Snoweh built and overclocked it to 3400 rating (which doesn't exist yet but u can extrapolate ¬_¬) with 210Mhz bus :) So she must have put it together right ;) Graphics card oc'd 25% as well. Stays under 48degcel. Result :)
Jan. 16th, 2004 11:39 am (UTC)
No, busy doing my own machines today, the idea is to have a server that can boot either in Red Hat Linux or XP and share the correct directories etc from either OS. Works ok except when I grew the disk bigger than 137Gb after installing SP1 it corrupted the disk and I had to start again. ******* Micro$oft. I've left the Microsoft partition at 137Gb for now and allocated the rest to Linux as I'm scared to expand it.

My housemates machine doesn't seem to recognise the graphics card at all. It boots ok using a PCI graphics card, the AGP one gives the same beeps as having no graphics card. Either a dodgy motherboard/dodgy graphics card or an incompatibilty. The instructions for the mobo say AGP is detected automatically and no BIOS setup has to be done. There is 1 jumper on the graphics card (Sapphire Radeon 9600 128Mb Atlantis) but I haven't found out what it does (not had internet much due to rebuilding all the computers at the same time D'Oh!)
Jan. 16th, 2004 03:16 pm (UTC)
The only likely possibility incompatibility-wise is that the motherboard can't supply the correct voltage to the AGP card. Try the card in another machine?

As for dual booting - I've always found using 2 hard drives makes for an easier life ;)
Jan. 17th, 2004 03:30 am (UTC)
The motherboard instructions just say not to use 3V cards as these may cause permanent damage to the motherboard. But as its an 8x AGP card it should be at 0.8V so that shouldn't be a problem. Maybe I should instruct the BIOS to run at 2x or 4x or whatever to see if 1.5V works

Another issue is that my games machine now has a graphics card problem as well. Boots up the XP loading screen and when it comes to the bit to change to a higher resolution just get a black screen, monitor reports no signal, computer hangs, Ctl-Alt-Del doesn't reboot. F**king computers. I only moved it as my server failed to load XP on 2 separate CD drives and I wanted to use the CD drive from the games machine. Tried all the obvious things like reseating the graphics card, checking all the cables. Works ok in safe mode. Know any good games that play in safe mode?
Jan. 17th, 2004 02:33 pm (UTC)
Erm, of course i put it together right - fool :-p
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