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I pretty much finished assembling my new PC, which I've simply dubbed "black_box", a couple of nights ago, but I was too tired to install the OS. I did that last night with only minor difficulty, and holy crap was that quick compared to installing XP. Unfortunately when I ordered the PCIe x4 version of the wireless NIC I didn't realize that the two PCIex16 cards, when stacked side-by-side, being double-thickness covered the slot I wanted, and I couldn't install the wifi card, meaning I couldn't update/register/anything on the computer.

I'm going to buy a PCIe 1x NIC and see if I can wedge it in there with the mondo heat-pipe cooler for the north bridge. If THAT doesn't fit, I'm going to pull the damned cooler out and just glue a fan on top of it. I like Gigabyte but this mobo was definitely poorly planned out for space. I'll almost definitely be upgrading to a water-cooled system once everything's in place and I start overclocking, and when I do the space issue will be mostly resolved, since I'll be pulling fans out left and right. I'll post some pictures when I get the chance, as I'm sure you're so interested.

I'm bringing a USB bluetooth dongle home from work today and am going to try to use my iPhone to tether a wimpy connection to get my cards updated and such until I can reorder a PCIe 1x card which I still have room for. I think I'm going to have to eat that first card though, they probably won't take it back. This case is QUIET. I like it quite a bit but I don't know if I'm going to be able to use the HDMI connection to the TV, which spells an expensive monitor in my future if I can't figure this out.


In other news it looks like I may be able to find a way to get my truck through inspection, if I can find the right inspection place.. which I am going to try to do rather than buy a new car, if at all possible. The truck's got it's own issues, but they're issues I know about and I caused, frankly. I pay cheap insurance that I'd have to pay at least double for if I re-upped and I can sleep in the truck, fuck in the truck, shit in the truck, and when you and I fight over an on-ramp, I always win, because I'm bigger and I don't care if the paint gets fucked up.

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shockwave77598
Mar. 23rd, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
It'll tak you a week to update through the iphone, and they'll kill your access for net abuse before you get 1/2 way done. Just buy a long ethernet cable and run it to your router, do the updates at full cable speed, then worry about making it wireless later. It's also possible you can a wireless bridge and just plug that into the ethernet port to instantly become wireless.
floyd_mephit
Mar. 23rd, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
It didn't even connect to the phone anyway for some reason. I don't have anymore long LAN cables here so I pulled out the 2nd GPU and put the wifi card in, temporarily, until I can order a card that'll fit in a slot that I've actually got room for. I'm not going to be playing any online games right now anyway until I get all the basic things set up.

If I can get the FiOS modem installed in the living room I can obviate all this nonsense anyway since this mobo has some funny PCIe bandwidth things going on and I'd prefer to leave any unnecessary expansion cards out of the setup. I'm amazed how small the updates are for Win7 compared to XP, they download so quickly and install much faster.
shockwave77598
Mar. 23rd, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
As I understand it, lots and lots of debug code has been left in since Windows 95, and it's grown and grown over the years. They were finally confident enough in their code base that they could remove lots of it for Win7. So a great amount of the swiftness is simply lack of the debug code tracing junk that's built up over 15 years. That's what I hear anyway.
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