Sunday Morning

It’s Sunday morning and I’m blogging again. I haven’t blogged in quite a while and I’m getting back into the flow of things. It’s been a big week around here and it all is leading up to tomorrow’s pending disaster.

Can you hear them?
They talk about us
Telling lies
Well that’s no surprise

Yes, yes, I researched my video card problems. To catch the non-Leovillians up, I’ve had problems with my motherboard and ATI Radeon cards. I have an old all in wonder and it’s great as long as I don’t try to play shooters with it. It runs the sims just find mind you, but umm, it sort of dies in Everquest.

Can you see them
See right through them
They have no shield
No secrets to reveal

Everquest isn’t an addiction, but dammit, I want to play for more than 5 mintues without freezing or something screwing up. So I went out and bought the NEW ATI Radeon All in Wonder DV 8500. I thought that would solve the problem. Nope, it locks up the whole system after 2 minutes of being installed. I called ATI Tech Support and guess what? They don’t know what the problem was. They had me send the card back for a refund or replacement. Guess what? I got the new card and the same thing happened. Freeze 2 minutes after start up, if that.

It doesn’t matter what they say
In the jealous games people play
Our lips are sealed

So instead of calling Canada again to talk to an ATI Tech, I started puttering around the ECS home page to see if there were problems with my motherboard. Ta-da, the most common complaint about the board is that ATI cards have lockups. Ugg. No one really had a work around and no one had advice so me, being the genius that I am, decided that I’d replace my motherboard with one that should work.

Careless talk
Through paper walls
We can’t stop them
Only laugh at them

So Thursday night I had the new motherboard on order. The guy at the store said it should work fine. He even found a board that would take my PC133 SDRAM and support the processor. That’s when I started looking for guides on the internet on how to take a processor off of one motherboard and sticking it on another motherboard. I ended up at the AMD website and was shocked to find that I can’t just switch the processors without a bunch of extra steps.

Spreading rumors
So far from true
Dragged up from the underworld
Just like some precious pearl

Yup, in the old days it was just pop one processor out of a system and throw it in the new system. Now the processor is take off a heat sink, take off the processor, put the processor in new board, replace the thermal compound, put the heat sink back on. Wait a second, thermal compound? I have no idea what that is so I ask the guys on Leoville. A nice guy named Wesley explained that I need a tube of it or else I’m going to blow up my processor. Okay, one more order from the web place …

It doesn’t matter what they say
In the jealous games people play
Our lips are sealed

So tomorrow I will have not one but two motherboards here with AMD Athlon XP 1800+ chips on them. I will have the new motherboard, my tube of thermal compound, and hey, I’ll be good to go. Or so I hope. 🙂

Pay no mind to what they say
It doesn’t matter anyway
Our lips are sealed

In other news, Laura Burstein’s thread was the first thread on Leoville to break the 100 page mark on the new boards. I have this feeling that the thread is quietly plotting to take over the entire board. Either that or to get so large that he’ll need his own server to handle it. It’s been a short strange ride on getting to 100 pages and I thank everyone for the fun we’ve all shared in getting there. It’s been wild, it’s been crazy, and hey, gosh darn it, stop by and have some fun with a bunch of weird people on Leoville.

There’s a weapon
We must use
In our defense

And yes, I do feel like a geek typing that. 🙂

When you look at them
Look right through them
That’s when they’ll disappear
That’s when you’ll be feared

On that note, I’m out of here until I feel like blogging again. Hopefully new strips up this week either during or after my business trip. To my three readers, cross your fingers, and I’ll talk to you soon.

Hush, my darling
Don’t you cry
Quiet, angel
Forget their lies

Our Lips Are Sealed
(J. Wiedlin/T. Hall)