I was looking for a new notebook for myself for quite a while, but I still hadn’t pulled the trigger and bought one. My notebook was my main computer and it was pushing six years old — I got it in June, 2004!
That didn’t stop me, though. It was time to replace my wife’s desktop computer, which was even older. It had an Abit AN-7 motherboard with an AMD Athlon™ XP 2800+ CPU and 1.25 GB of RAM. AMD had a strange naming game back in 2004. The Athlon XP 2800+ was not a 2.8 GHz processor — it was 2.08 GHz. I think the concept was that it would "feel like" it was equivalent to an Intel 2.8 GHz processor. Regardless, it was a great computer and was just getting old.
I built her a new computer with exactly the parts that I wanted, including real Windows 7 Professional operating system DVD’s (the retail package). Why did I get the Professional? I have it on my notebook, my home theater PC and will be putting it on my desktop when I build my replacement.
When I built the XP computers, I had Professional on all except my wife’s, which had XP Home. Boy, did I regret that. Every time I turned around, something in the networking just didn’t work right between her computer and the rest of them. Never again…
The new computer has a Gigabyte motherboard, Intel Core i5-750 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, DVD-burner, 1 TB Seagate hard drive and an ATI 4670-based video card. Now that it’s all up and running, we love it.
NewEgg did a great job shipping parts. After ordering on Friday evening, everything was delivered late Monday afternoon. I started the assembly on Wednesday night, completing it (for the first time) on Thursday night. Time for the great power-on.
It didn’t. Well, this little row of 6 lights on the motherboard powered on, the CPU fan, the case fan and the power supply fan all powered on — for about half of a second.
Frustration set in and I decided to work on it on Friday afternoon.
Late Friday afternoon, I started working on the computer, disconnecting everything but the memory and video card. Still, the computer did the same thing. I tried variation after variation. I finally took the motherboard out of the computer in case there was a screw underneath the motherboard that was shorting the board. Not so.
I even tried to power it on with nothing on the motherboard except the CPU, the CPU fan, and one stick of memory. Again no luck.