So for the first time in many many years I experienced a hardware failure! well technically my GF did, her DVD burner stopped working. would not read any discs. so that was diagnosed and is being replaced, then she mentioned there were linux issues, so i installed the latest ubuntu (8.1) and that was all good and gravy.....then! the windows boot.ini was broken! oh noes! so i had to determine wtf happened there and thankgoodess for the dualboot, i was able to boot to linux and discern that for some reason windows had placed extra copies of its boot files on the spare storage drive (old PATA 80GB). why it did this? i don't know. so i formatted that to fat32 so it would share nicely with linux for extra storage between the 2 OS's and then set about to fix the boot.ini, it was just pointing at the wrong drive was all.
any fun computing adventures you'd like to share? i'm currently trying to figure out if i should give her one of my spare 7800GTX's i have laying around (will her psu be able to power it? who knows) and devise a way to keep her system from clogging with dust. in less than a year in her room the heatsink was nearly choked and the vid card was about to die from lack of airflow. it was like dust bunny city!
This thread has turned into one about my latest PC build!
Not seeking any help as its already built and running, though input is always welcome.
Lets start with the heart, the PSU.
its a PSU, it does what its supposed to and isn't gaudy. It's quiet and seems to have enough juice for my rig.
Now onto the Case
I like it for the most part. the tool-less works very well. The flip-out 5.25" bay covers work and are 'neat', no blinking DVDROM lights and it keeps a little of the noise of the drive in the case. I like the finish of the case, its looks nice, like with the other Rosewill case I am very happy overall. One thing I do not like is that there is NO room between the HDD cage and front fan position, this results in little airflow past the drives and more noise.
Good value! under $100 and it performs well, runs very cool, has enough balls to do most HTPC operations and play games. I hear it overclocks very well, I have not messed with that much as I'm using the Intel heatsink and fan and thermal pad.
LOTS of bells and whistles! Expressgate is cool I guess...but I have not used it once, I have my SATA drive in ACHI mode which Expressgate is NOT compatible with, the drive needs to be set to IDE mode. There are ways to install Expressgate (slashtop) to a USB drive, but I don't really care enough to mess with it. The board has onboard DVI and VGA AND a Displayport. The onboard DVI is pretty nice if you're tossing together a cheap home office PC or PC for someone who has an LCD but does not game. Par for the course, onboard video is very weak but 110% adequate for desktop tasks. The onboard sound is good, but if you want SPDIF you need to purchase that separately.
Not the EXACT same ram, mine is C5 version. It runs cold at 1.8 volts and is auto configured, it does what it needs to do fine. Not even running it at 1066 speed so I can't really tell you if its any good.
The Video Card
I got this for $35 with free shipping on sale from Newegg as one of their daily specials. Good card for that price. with the above PC with NO overclocking I got 3329 in 3DMark06. With the above card at 675/475 I get 3956 with no artifacting. IMO for what I paid its a great video card. I have a 120mm case fan blowing in through the side of the case panel onto the board and northbridge and the card as well, temps are 40c ish at idle and under 60c at full load in a 73F room.
The Hard Drive
Just a 400GB thats nothing special that I moved from another machine.
The DVD Burner
Same as the HDD, moved from another machjine, nothing special.