This post is continued from my recent post on “The Computer I am Building.”
So after about a month, I have finally got my computer running. I spent around 2 weekends messing around with it, trying almost everything to get it to work, I eventually returned my motherboard. I read on one of the 50 forums I browsed over those 2 weeks that I may have fried my motherboard because I had used magnetic-tipped screw drivers. I returned the motherboard and got a new one that arrived last Tuesday, the 4th of October. I rebuilt the entire machine that Saturday with my dad this time. We figured I may have done one small thing wrong, and 2 minds are better than one, right? Wrong.
When we powered it on after meticulously looking over it for about and hour, it did the EXACT same thing as before… all noises, beeps, fans spinning, but no picture on the screen. At this point we about had it. I had just gotten a brand new motherboard, 12 some-odd dollars for shipping. Well one good thing came out of it, we knew the problem wasn’t the motherboard. Together we sighed, and after 30 minutes we called a computer technician my dad has done a lot of business with over the past years. We brought it over and they took it for the afternoon to check it out.
Later that evening we came to pick it up. They agreed that it was difficult to find what the problem was, but they got it. The problem of the matter was an incompatible power supply. Right when we heard this we were just completely shocked. For one, who would’ve thought? And another, how could the company, Tiger Direct, not have noticed this? I mean, don’t they build these to make sure everything works and it actually runs? The man said that the power supply that came with the kit had a 6 pin power connect for the motherboard, not the required 6 pin with a detachable 4 pin that connected to another slot on the motherboard. Apparently, the reason nothing was showing on the screen was because that the motherboard was not getting enough power from the power supply. During the assembly, we had noticed that there was a slot that we didn’t have a cable for, but there were so many ports on the motherboard that we knew we didn’t need, we kind of just passed over it and thought that the motherboard was fine without it. I still need to talk to Tiger about this.
I got home and powered it up. We set up the BIOS and I began formatting the 2TB hard drive to NTFS. I began this process at 8:22 p.m. on Saturday night. The formatting ended at 1:42 a.m. Sunday morning. When I woke up Sunday, I installed the spare copy of Windows XP Professional 2003 32 bit. This process was painfully slow, just like waiting for it to format. I got some homework done in the mean time. After it was complete, I had to install the XFX HD Radeon 5570 1GB graphics. Talk about annoying. For some reason, the stupid driver was not installing. I had it downloaded and everything. So again, I went back to the forums. One forum told me I had to look at the requirements on the card, and somehow I was taken to my specifications on my computer. I read that only 4GB of the RAM was being used. At this point I slapped myself for not remembering that a 32 bit OS can only handle 4GB of memory, I wasn’t even accessing the other 4GB of perfectly good RAM that was just wasting away in one of the slots on my motherboard. About now I had almost had it. I turned off the machine and finished my homework that day, putting it out of my mind.
The next day, to my surprise, my kind father took my computer the the gentlemen at the Computer House and ,not only did they install Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (thank you dad), but they fixed the graphics driver and everything. It was the perfect way to end a slow Monday.
So now, I have a powerful machine that I have always wanted. It does everything I can imagine at faster than I can handle. The powerful processor and the massive amount of memory is letting me write this blog, have a game open, about 15 tabs in FireFox running, iTunes playing, a video processing to be ready to upload, and I am downloading music and yet, I feel it has enough in it to run more at the same time. This is my dream machine and I plan to enjoy it over my upcoming fall break. That is when I will be able to test its graphic ability and see how well it runs in graphic intense situations. I plan to upgrade this machine over the next few months, depending on what new technology comes around.
I am not done with Tiger Direct. They can expect a call from a very unhappy customer sometime Friday afternoon. I feel it is unnecessary that my dad and I had to put so much time and money into this just because Tiger didn’t include the compatible power supply. Over all we paid $55 for the technician fee, $48 for the correct power supply, and $12 for the shipping on the new motherboard. Total, I am asking for $115 back from Tiger, but I highly doubt that they will pay for the technician fee. But I would gladly take $60 back for what I have been through.
But this doesn’t stop me. I have some friends that have heard good things about my machine and are considering buying parts for me to assemble for them. I plan to keep working with computers my entire life. Hey, Michael Dell started out building computers from his dorm, who says I can’t try?