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July 16th, 2006
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hardware update
Well ... maybe it's progress, sort of.

I bought two new 256MB DIMMs to stick in the machine. Having found the manual for the motherboard, I discovered that I've got 3 DIMM slots, and I can mix-and-match any combination of those slots I like, as long as I don't put more than 256MB in one slot.

To make a long story short ... I think I can avoid the crash problem by:

a) Taking the existing 128MB DIMMs out of the two slots they were in, and
b) Putting a new 256MB DIMM into the third slot (i.e. the slot that was empty).

I guess that gets me back to a stable condition with the existing machine, and it leaves it in the same basic configuration it was in before. But it probably means that I've got motherboard problems that will eventually rise up and kill the machine. Guess it's time to look at ordering a new desktop unit. (Sigh. I hate moving files and application programs between machines.)

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From:darthdingus
Date:July 16th, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
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You could always just mount the HD in the new box...
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From:jkhuggins
Date:July 16th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that works for the raw file transfers. Still means I end up taking weeks to re-install every program I've got installed on the old machine. Some of them are on CD, but a lot of the stuff is free stuff I've downloaded from somewhere or other ... and even at broadband rates, that takes a non-trivial amount of time just to get the stuff downloaded.
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From:dxpenguin
Date:July 17th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
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Out of curiosity, have you checked to see if that board is still available? It's not going to be out there new, but if the computer is still usable to you, the board should be pretty cheap. If you're comfortable with swapping out the motherboard, that could get you back up and running in very little time. As a side note, if you do that, there are a bunch of discreet wires running from the front of the case to a block (or two) on the motherboard. These control the push buttons and LEDs. Take careful note of the positions and orientations of these (especially for the LEDs).
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From:jkhuggins
Date:July 17th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Certainly an idea to keep in mind ... after we replace it.

I checked around a bit; it looks there's one I could get one on ebay for relatively cheap. But not being a CE major :), I'm far less comfortable with putzing around with swapping around the motherboard.

On the other hand, for $20, I could have a quite usable machine that could become a kids computer. That may be worth the effort. (At least it wouldn't hurt much to try it out ... in my spare time, ha ha ha ha ...)
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