gutting my computer went really fast. but then the mobo woudln't fit in quite right.... but then i figured it out. and then i had happy "consult the book and hook in all the buttons and extra usb ports" time. then i fought with my power supply a bit, but finally got all my drives hooked up. then i found out that my longest ide cable is too short. and my longest ide cable is like twice as long as all the other ide cables here.
this is on top of finding out that the fan on my video card had completely died and partially melted (and it's been like that for at least 2 months now, because i'd been smelling burning plastic, but i couldn't pinpoint where it was coming from, so i just left it alone). so we had to dig out another heatsink and fan and install that on the video card.
then i took a nap as shawn watched some documentary about linux.
and then off to the post office! where i had to wait a really long time.
i got home about 9. and then temporarily put in the processor and fan to see if they would fit. to my dismay, it wouldn't because my mobo comes with a metal back plate behind the processor, and i needed to use the one that came with my heatsink and fan. but i figured i could tear up the mobo and replace it easy enough.
no dice. that shit was glued to the back of my mobo.
msi recommends using a hair dryer to heat up the glue to be able to pry it off easily. i don't own a hair dryer. so shawn warms the plate up with his lighter while i had to hold the board vertical. i swear to fucking god i almost vomited. i had the same feeling in my stomach that you would if you watched your puppy get run over because i was sure he was going to fuck it up.
but he didn't, and after that the reinstall of everything went smoothly, except my zip drive isn't hooked up because the cable isn't long enough.
so i boot for the first time.
and i bluescreen.
but i was expecting this, because xp can't handle drastic hardware changes like that. so i figure i'll grab a spare 2 gig and do a minimal install of xp on it and hook my 20 gig up as a slave and move all my data onto shawn's computer through the network (which i was going to do before i started to upgrade, but i got overly excited and forgot)
my computer wouldn't boot with my 20 gig hooked up slave (nor will it boot with either hdd on cable select, i later found out. i have to force master and slave) so i unhooked it and formatted and installed on the 2 gig.
none of my usb work on the new install, nor does my ethernet. i figured out the usb mouse problem, and then fought with the network. after 4-5 reboots i remember that my mobo came with a driver cd (yes, i'm an idiot) so i install drivers and everything works (yay!)
so i hook up the 20 gig and get ready to move everything over to shawn's computer, but then i realize that i could just burn a cd of the xp 64 bit install and save transfering that 500 megs over.
but, my burner doesn't work. it gets to 6% and freezes. so i give up and go to sleep.
6 hours later, i wake up and try again. it still freezes.
so i figure that maybe it's because i'm burning from a different hdd than my software is on (*shrug* it was a possibility) so i move the iso over, and it left me with 5megs of free space on the hdd after i deleted everything from my windows install, even fonts and shit to clear up space.
so i get pissed. but i can't yell because shawn's asleep. so i grab the 40 gig that came from the computer kelly gave me, and install xp on that temporarily to see if i can get shit to work.
that's where i am now. i haven't rehooked up my 20 gig yet, nor have i tried to burn.
wish me luck?