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What a week!

By Andrew Pollack on 02/22/2007 at 01:16 AM EST

Aside from having both my wife's trip and my own mangled by Jet Blue, a fire to help with last week, the big storm, and a bunch of work -- I destroyed my desktop PC the other day. I've been living off the laptop until tonight. It will take most of the day tomorrow to get all my software reinstalled, but no data has been lost.

This new machine is sweet enough to be fair consolation though. It's a Core 2 Duo with 2GB of matched dual channel 800mhz ram. The two processors are running at 2.2ghz (on Core 2 Duo that's roughly equivilant to a 3.2ghz P4 on most benchmarks) and drive access to the RAID 0 SATA 2 drives (yes, with NCQ) is through the 1033mhz front side bus.

In short -- Damn, this thing is fast.

No, I didn't install it with Vista. That disk hasn't come out of the wrapper Microsoft used when they sent it to me.


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re: What a week!By Danny Lawrence on 02/22/2007 at 01:36 PM EST
Come on Andrew, how did you destroy your desktop PC? Enquiring minds want to
know!
how did I destroy it?By Andrew Pollack on 02/22/2007 at 01:44 PM EST
I went to replace the AGP video card, and though I'd shut the machine down, I
hadn't unplugged it.

Newer machines keep some power to the system board even when powered down
unless you power off the power supply itself with the switch in the back or
unplug the machine.

AGP slots are notoriously bad about shorting if you have a poor connection. At
some point there was enough power there while I was mucking with it that I
created a short -- at least that's what I think killed the system board.

I looked around for the exact model, and I'm sure I could have found one on
eBay or something but generally it wasn't available in retail channels any
longer. Replacing with a similar one is fine, but would have required (or at
least recommended) a re-install of the operating system. If I'm going to
re-install the OS (and more so the full day worth of application installs) it's
a good time to upgrade.

Since the old machine wasn't as fast as my laptop, it was time. Now it's not
a problem. ;-)



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