||[Sep. 4th, 2002|01:28 am]
The Veritable TechNinja
My thoughts on tonight's PC-building escapade:|
So I got the case. I put all the poop in it. First of all, let me say that the Thermalright AX-7's clip is not the wunderkind it's made out to be. It required me to bend it with pliers, then force it down with a screwdriver, while holding the sink steady as to not crack the CPU die. Then, with a precariously-held second screwdriver, I finally managed to sit the damn thing on the socket. Fuck, I remember the days when if your CPU needed a heatsink, you were running some hot shit. Even then, it was 1/4" tall with no fan, and was just kind of plastered on with zinc oxide (suntan lotion). Anyway, that was the easy part. I configure the BIOS for optimal performance without sacrificing stability. It hangs at POST. I reset the CMOS, work over my errors in judgment, it passes POST. On to the RAID config. I build the array after a brief interlude with the confusing menus. Hooray, time to load the OS! WRONG. Stopped dead in my tracks, it won't boot from floppy. I flip the cable, wondering if I may have missed a pin-1 indicator somewhere. Nada. Same thing with different end of cable, different drive, different cable altogether. I set the BIOS to only boot from floppy, to ignore RAID altogether. No dice. Same goes for disconnecting the CDRW drive it kept asking me to insert bootable media in. Known good disk, known good drive. Motherfucker. ABit tech support wasn't home right now, and I didn't care to leave a message. Things look grim, but it could be a simple problem. Does anyone else have any ideas as to why a machine with 1 CD-RW as the master of the secondary IDE channel, an IDE RAID0 array of two disks, each master of their own channel, and one floppy drive on a one-device floppy cable that's _not_ backwards (yes, I know the conductor flip goes on the drive end) wouldn't boot from floppy? It seems to attempt to, but goes kerplop after a few disk reads. This is a Win98 boot disk, that I need to complete the OS install. Wackiness abounds, I'll work on it tomorrow.