Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Motherboard went *puff*

No, this blog is not dead yet, although my motherboard is. R.I.P. K7N2 Delta2-FSR...

I couldn't turn my computer on for two whole days, I tried almost every "dirty" trick and I finally decided to buy a new one, which took almost a week. Apparently my 4-year old motherboard choked out of the many hours of uptime (one more reason to turn it off every now and then) :(

At least I managed to pull 350€, money meant for "emergency" only. Some could say this was really an urgent matter and since I was buying new stuff, I didn't want to spend it on some old junk. I prefer to buy something that will last for a lot of years. Hence, this is my new computer:

Running Ubuntu Linux, the 4.0 release.
GNOME: 2.18.1 (Ubuntu 2007-04-10)
Kernel version: 2.6.20-16-generic (#2 SMP Thu Jun 7 20:19:32 UTC 2007)
GCC: 4.1.2 (i486-linux-gnu)
Xorg: 7.2.0 (04 April 2007)
Hostname: ubuntu
Uptime: 0 days 0 h 17 min

GenuineIntel, Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.33GHz
Number of CPUs: 2 (Oh yeah!)
CPU clock currently at 1998.000 MHz with 4096 KB cache
Numbering: family(6) model(15) stepping(11)
Bogomips: 4658.47
Flags: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe lm constant_tsc pni monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr lahf_lm

Total memory: 2027 MB (2x1GB Kingston)
Total swap: 996 MB

SCSI device - scsi0
Vendor: ATA
Model: WDC WD800JD-00MS
SCSI device - scsi1
Vendor: ATA
Model: WDC WD3000JS-60P

Host bridge
Intel Corporation 82P965/G965 Memory Controller Hub (rev 02)
Subsystem: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. Unknown device 7235
Multimedia controller
Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 02)
Subsystem: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. Unknown device 7235

512/128 ADSL (Serbia's a *bit* back on modern stuff)

Model name: GeForce 7300 GT
Card Type: PCI-E 16x
Video RAM: 256 MB
GPU Frequency: 350 MHz

Two tiny problems though:
- It looks like the DVD-RW drive can't boot any live cd; And no, it's not the CD or DVD! I'm going to need another 20€ for a new DVD-RW drive, but it is burning media as well as it reads them, so I'll postpone that for now.
- I also have a Parallel ATA (PATA?) in, which the BIOS and the Windows XP operating system detect, but Ubuntu Linux doesn't. Maybe I should reinstall the operating system, or I'll just wait for 7.10 to arrive, since I'm flushed out of "emergency" money :)

- 512/128 kbits/s ADSL will have to be downgraded to 256/64 until I get my emergency fund back up. I never risk that fund!

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