Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic

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It's almost mid-April, why is it stil raining torrents? And don't tell me "we need the rain" because that stopped being true a month ago. We need the sunshine, it's the best anti-depressant.

Sunday was a good day to be indoors, so I went to the local cinema and saw the 3D version of How to Train Your Dragon. It was okay. Glad I only paid matinee price for it, not worth full price. A lot of violence for a kid's movie. Vikings with Scottish accents - WTF? The placement of the eyes on the tamed dragon seemed wrong. In fact, the whole face on the tamed dragon was wrong, and not nearly expressive enough. Plot was okay, except it was about 30 minutes of plot crammed into 98 minutes of video. People who are praising the 3D must have missed the three or four transition scenes which were out of phase. It seemed to happen every time they did a filler showing a wide view of the village. Was surprised to see David Tennant's name as the last major character in the credits (Spitelout). He's not listed on IMDB. Closing credits were so lame I didn't stay to see if there was an easter egg.

Made a quick trip to Microcenter to pick up a PCI - IDE card, since the new motherboard has no IDE. More about this later.

Home, figured it was a good day to put the new PC together. Actually followed the instructions this time. The ones which come with the Intel CPU suck lemons through a garden hose, but ASUS motherboard's CPU installation instructions are clear and well illustrated. Somehow managed to get the CPU installed without breaking any pins, and it only took three tries to get the CPU fan mounted correctly - the instructions for that were not as clear. Everything else was a piece of cake, especially mounting the hard drives - the CoolTemp case has these flexible plastic trays with push pins instead of screws to hold the drive in place. The only thing I don't like about them is you have to install the drives connector side down, and feed the cables from the back, which means removing both side panels from the case. I guess that's not such a valid gripe, since other cases need you to take both panels off to screw in the drives on both sides. Except for one cae I had where the drive bays were removable.

Took the box upstairs, popped in the cloned C: drive from the older machine, powered it up, set up the BIOS,  everything worked fine until Windows launched, and got a BSOD. Which is when I found out that the PCI - IDE card was not recognized by the BIOS, so the DVD drive was useless. I grabbed the netbook's external USB DVD drive, and was able to boot the Win7 repair disk, but its automatic repair feature couldn't fix it, neither could the repair feature on the full Win7 DVD.  Had to re-install Win7 on the drive. It kept my files, but put them in a non-boot folder.  Tried to install the PCI-IDE card drivers, but they didn't work, and Win7 didn't recognize the card or find drivers for it online. The ASUS board is all about SATA, so I'll make a Fry's stop before BASFA tonight and either get a SATA DVD drive or an adapter. Looking at the web site, the SATA drives are pretty inexpensive, not much more than the adapters.

Still to be done:
- Make the two 2TB drives into RAID 1 and transfer the contents from the 1 TB array in the older PC
- Do a file transfer from C: to C: old-new
When that is finished, pull the video and capture cards from the old PC and install in the new one, adding appropriate drivers
Close up the case
Plug in speakers & capture inputs and USB peripherals
Find out from MSFT how to deactivate Win7 on the old PC and activate it on the new one.

Tags: computer cooking, review

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