This weekend I had the great fortune of rebuilding my personal computer. It turned out to be quite an experience, and surprisingly frustrating at times. Before I detail the problems I ran into, here’s a list of the new components I put into it:
- Asus A8N5X motherboard
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ CPU (dual core)
- 2GB Corsair XMS DDR400 SDRAM
- Antec SmartPower 2.0 500W Power Supply
- eVGA GeForce 7900 GT 256MB
- 2 Seagate Barracuda 160GB SATA 3.0 GB/s hard drives
I have also put up a small photo series detailing my progress, for those interested (more on this in a moment). Fortunately, it doesn’t contain any photos of my frustrations.
After assembling everything in the system, I plugged it in and turned it on. For a fraction of a second, the system begins to boot; after that, nothing but silence. I try again, with even worse luck the second time: nothing happens at all. Panic instantly sets in. Frustrated, I surf the web looking for answers but come up empty handed. My dad suggests that it sounds like power supply issues so, one by one, I disconnect every device from the supply. After getting down to just the motherboard, CPU, and memory, things begin working. Slowly but surely I replace the items and, to my delight, everything eventually works.
I tried out Windows slipstreaming for the first time, and was pleasantly surprised with how well it worked. I was able to load Service Pack 2 instantly, bypassing the oh-so-annoying Windows update process. Interestingly enough, I still had a total of 55 critical updates to be applied, and even more for Microsoft Office. I’m slowly getting things back to normal, and I look forward to doing a little gaming in the near future.
I’ll have another Zalman VF-900 blog post here soon, detailing the install process (as well as my second no-power adventure with my new machine).
As I noted earlier, I have posted a photo series here at this blog covering my computer building experience. I am trying out the Plogger photo gallery software for my photos,
so feel free to check out my main collection (I have replaced Plogger with Monkey Album, my own photo album software). Plogger has a few bugs, and a few features I dislike, but I’m going to try it out for a while (until I can write my own). If you see a problem anywhere in the gallery software, let me know. Hopefully things will work as they are intended to.