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Aug. 24th, 2003 | 10:11 am

Had a sucky time working on trying to reorganize my home network. I tried switching back to the transmeta SBC, but it didn't boot. I then tried to get the new socket 370 board to work, and alas it didn't boot either.

After digging yet another computer out of the closet I determined that the video card I was testing with was bad and it was causing the system failures of the two boards. After digging out a different video card I discovered the transmeta board does still work, which is a relief as it was expensive. The new socket 370 board still doesn't work, but as it was a cheap board I picked up off of eBay I'm not too surprised. (Though I'll try bugging the people I bought it from.)

The transmeta board seems to be using less power with the DC to DC power supply than when using a full sized power supply, not to mention the little 60 W P/S is also silent. The only moving part in this system is a maxtor drive which is nearly inaudible when idle it does but make some noise when trying to seek.

(The downside to a silent computer is that it can be hard to tell if I actually turned the system on.)

Now hopefully I can get the 2.6 kernel to work as it has support for the overkill audio card I got, an m-audio delta dio 2496. The absurdity of this card is not only does it have coax digital in and out, it also has optical in and out, (and is 24bit 96khz)

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Dieppe

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from: dieppe
date: Aug. 24th, 2003 08:36 pm (UTC)
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So when are you going to get a bicycle generator so you can power it just by exercising in the privacy of your home? :)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 25th, 2003 11:04 pm (UTC)
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I thought about that, but my current apartment is too small... Though I was thinking of just dumping the energy back to the grid.

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Bolowolf

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from: bolowolf
date: Aug. 25th, 2003 06:31 am (UTC)
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Holy cow! That sound card seems pretty sweet!

I had much computer vexation yesterday. What I thought might be a small project turned into an all day event. I tried installing a dvd burner in Soulspirals' computer. Somewhere along the way Win98SE freaked out and decided the on board ethernet no longer worked. I also spent hours of not being able to boot into Windows and getting tons of blue screens of death. Argh. I think we need a new hard drive to back her data up on, wipe hers, and reinstall. She has mad crazy files to back up, which is why we wanted a dvd burner in the first place.

I finally got OpenOffice installed. :) Thanks for your help!

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 25th, 2003 11:07 pm (UTC)
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You're welcome for open office.

Yeah, the card is nice.

As for soulspirals' computer... that sounds increadibly frustrating. One of the most obnoxious things about windows is how little information it provides about what's going wrong.

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Bolowolf

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from: bolowolf
date: Aug. 26th, 2003 06:50 am (UTC)
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This is true. It's like there's no way to break the cycle of windows doing whatever it thinks is best. Trying to do something to windows when it's that cranky is no better than trying to get someone who's obsessive compulsive to stop washing their hands.

Still haven't sorted everything out on the machine. I now have a borrowed hard drive I can back data up on so that's a bonus. I think it'll still take many more hours to get working correctly than I want it to.

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