Smoke on the motherboard, Fire in the wallet|
Added by Lord Nougat|| day May 21nd - 12:56:66 pM
Okay, so a friend of mine emailed me because I've been whining about my dearth of functional harddrives. Long
but what the hell, that's what this site is all about, right? heh. Well, the short version is, I was turned on to this
really cool sounding new
distro by a friend of mine, and intend
to try it out. Thing is, all my harddrives are already
in use... and useful use at that; you know serving webpages, mp3s, porn, blaa dee bla. So, I wanted to put a second
harddrive, in this machine I'm using right now. Well, he offered me a harddrive.
haha, right on.
Sadly, I've suddenly got a
more pressing issue.
Yesterday, I moved the Athlon machine out from under the table it has been hiding
under... it's gotten too hot for it to not have a big fan on top of it.
Funny how things work out... I moved it, cleaning out loads of dustballs
and scunge. I plugged her back in, got all the fans blowing nicely without
all the lint gunking them up. It booted to the bios for some reason... but
sometimes it does that when it's upset about heat, I turned it to run at
1333MHz instead of the 1400 it is capable of... and then I just wait... it
sure is taking it's time to come back up again... that's funny, I don't
remember there being an amber light on the motherboard there...hmm...OH
MOTHERFUCKING CHRISTCRAP WHAT'S THAT BURNING SMELL!!!!
So, at this point, I unplug the thing and try to figure out what I did wrong.
Did I drop something conductive onto the board? Did I break something
cleaning? I just don't know at all, now that I've disassembled the whole
thing, it turns out that one of those little black cubes, I believe
they're components of the onboard voltage regulation module, just got
insanely hot to the point of literally glowing red hot. It just occured to me,
perhaps I should consider getting a new power supply.
At any rate, it took
me awhile, apparently this particular board is sought after, because there
are similar ones that sell for less, this one (Asus
A7A266) appears to
have 'held it's value' rather well, still selling for near retail
everywhere still. I finally found this texas outfit that has pretty damn
good prices. I'll keep you posted. If they are any good, they'll get my
reccomendation- if not, I'll say they suck...
Until then, boy am I glad I have this Redhat box set up to do almost everything that Athlon did (it
can't run my games, and it has no Gnutella client yet [it does now!
-the lord]; otherwise, it's doing all the other machine's duties already)
but with a quarter of the Dnet number-crunching power. Ah well, all I need is
another heatsource in
the house right now, so perhaps it's for the best.
Well, wish me luck