PC Nattering

I cleared the CMOS on the serv­er, flashed the BIOS, repar­ti­tioned and for­mat­ted the hard dri­ve. I took out the sound, video, and IDE con­troller cards we’d added, as well as the real­ly huge hard dri­ve (which requires the added con­troller card to work). I dis­abled the inte­grat­ed NIC, as it seems to become unre­li­able, but the replace­ment is the only “extra” thing in the case at the moment. Now I’m doing an absolute­ly clean install of Lin­ux on that machine.

We have one machine almost ready to go into Katie’s room—she was VERY excit­ed when she left to go road-trip­ping with curiousmay9 and M. We haven’t allowed the kids to have PCs in their rooms in the past, but she has proven her­self trust­wor­thy and she is get­ting to where she uses one more and more for academics.

I have a dif­fer­ent PC 🙂 I’m run­ning Win2k on it, and I like it. Sam and Katie’s PCs are run­ning Win­ME since they play games at times. Katie loves The Sims, and appar­ent­ly, it does­n’t get along well with Win2k.

Next is the machine that I was using, the one Sam’s ex-employ­er had tossed as trash. I haven’t giv­en up on it yet. It’s a Data Gen­er­al and I guess they’ve gone out of busi­ness, or the PC busi­ness at least, as I’ve nev­er been able to find any doc­u­men­ta­tion on that moth­er­board (even at motherboards.org). I’m hop­ing I can get it back up and rea­son­ably sta­ble. It seems that it was man­u­fac­tured for DG by Acer, but I can’t find any­thing on Acer’s sites, either. Grrr.

For using a bunch of sal­vaged hard­ware, we’re doing pret­ty damned well. The serv­er could stand to have more RAM, though. I won­der if there’s a way to trade in DIMMs to get a price break on larg­er ones?

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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