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Tuesday, September 6th, 2005
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I finally retired my DVR-A03, as it can no longer write or read discs consistently. (Article linked to show the ridiculous price this device commanded 4 years ago). I replaced it with a DVR-110 the same day I built dolomite, my fake mac, and I have burned about 25 DVDs since then. It's a good thing this supports dual-layer discs. I going to need to buy some of those so I can fit two whole HDTV episodes of House per disc instead of one!

I managed to start my car today. I don't believe the battery is actually being drained, unless my charger is wrong. Anyway, with the charger hooked up in hi-charge/start mode, I was able to get the starter whirring a little bit. After 4 tries of this, the engine came to life with a low-pitched roar. I mean, lower than normal. But it went back to its usual (loud) idle. Electrical system seemed fine once the car got started. I tried starting it once more, but no luck.

My brother returned the box o' tools tonight, so tomorrow I'm going to see if I can get the starter out. I can test the starter solenoid myself, but if it's not that, I'm turning this over to someone who knows what they're doing :P (can't say I'm not learning *something* about cars though).


Empty case Empty case

Here is the case, newly arrived. It's pretty cheap, but it looks okay and has great ventillation :)
Parts! Parts!

Only a few parts to install. We're mostly using integrated parts, since they're all supported by the OS.
Motherboard installed Motherboard installed

Motherboard and power supply are installed. On the far right (on the carpet) is a dinky little PC speaker. I've never seen one so small!
Install finished Install finished

Everything's installed! Man, intel gives you a huge cooler for an OEM part.
Finished closeup Finished closeup

Warning stickers: DO NOT CONFUSE PCI EXPRESS WITH AGP!!11
Closed case Closed case

All done. The blue LED actually lights up all around the power button, but my hands are not steady enough to capture that.

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[User Picture]From: wikle
2005-09-07 05:20 am (UTC)
How is the power button on that thing? For whatever reason computer cases I've had experience with seem to cheap out on power buttons unless you spend 80+ on a case.. which personally I don't understand.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2005-09-07 11:13 pm (UTC)
No problems... though I've never had a problem with a power switch before.
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