Yeah, well I blew up my motherboard yesterday. At first, I didn’t think it was the board because Windows booted up, but I got to the login screen, typed in my password and the computer froze. Nothing I did worked. I put in a new hard drive I had, thinking, “I’ll take the easy way out. I’ll install the new drive, load XP on that and boot from there.” I figured I’d transfer files from the old drive to the new one, and later reinstall XP on the old drive when I built Motley a new machine. Oh, and I had a new stick of memory too. I figured if I have to open the case, I’ll add that too.
Nothing worked. Basically, what happened was that the motherboard stopped seeing anything. It didn’t see the keyboard or the mouse. The video display looked like a Scottish clan tartan. Even if I took the new drive and new memory out… same thing. So I bought a new board. A better board. Did that end my issues? Of course not! The freaking CPU would not come off the old board. Well, it wouldn’t come free of the heatsink really. By the time I’d managed to wriggle it off… the pins were bent. FUCK ME.
That is where I gave up for the night. Today, it’s a new CPU. I think. I’m not sure I have enough money for this. I’m way, way upset. So… I’m down. I’m hoping I can get my hands on a CPU for this board today without having to spend every cent I have on it. If I can, all I need to do is install it, plug in all the fans, and – God and Karma willing – it should all work.
I’m typing this from work. If I don’t start commenting on your blogs tonight… pray for me. Something will need to keep me from going ballistic.