Saturday, March 27, 2010

Computer assembly, done

And I'm back up. A small glitch with the monitor not wanting to work at full resolution, but that's fixed. EQ2 now runs at 35fps even in Sundered Frontier where I was getting 6-8fps on the old machine with lower-quality settings. A bit of work on Ventrilo left and transferring the last of the software, but I think I'm there.

Computer assembly

OK, here goes nothing. I've got the new machine set up software-wise, all that's left is the G15 software that I can't install until I've got the keyboard moved over. So, I'm ready to power down, shift the keyboard/mouse/monitor to the new machine, set up the spare keyboard/mouse/monitor on the old machine and bring things up. Point of no return, once I start moving the hardware I'm committed to going to the new machine. I'll still have the old one available by remote desktop, but I won't be able to game on it or anything.

Monday, March 22, 2010

New computer

I've got my new computer assembled and I'm installing software. One glitch: the SATA controller only works right in Windows in IDE emulation mode. The native AHCI drivers cause a STOP 7B as the Windows setup disk is loading drivers. Ah well.

There's a ton and a half of Windows updates to apply. And I'm having to check all of them to make sure none of the nasties slip in. Then I've got to transfer my files and settings over from the old computer, which means figuring out the tool to do that. We'll see how it goes. I don't want to lose my Firefox password database, for instance. The big one will be installing all the EQ2-related tools properly.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New usable heatsink

The Cobra D984 came in. That heatsink's got enough capacity to cool my CPU, and is light enough to not crack the motherboard in a tower case. Now to get it installed, shift the drives around to clear the rear of the video card (I think I'll move them completely into the lowest bays) and I should be set to start installing Windows XP (no Windows 7 for me yet).

Sunday, March 14, 2010

New computer

Blast. The heatsink I ordered for my new computer's too heavy for a tower case. It'll warp and break the motherboard. So I have to order a new one. One good thing: the one I'm ordering goes in the stock retention mount, so I can use the stock AMD heatsink temporarily to get the machine up and running and then swap in the new heatsink when it gets here. I hate crud like this.

Monday, March 8, 2010

First day back working from home

My first day back, working from home, looks to be shaping up like I expected: all day spent getting accounts working and logons logging on properly. After getting my Windows password reset my computer had to reboot after updates, and now it's getting stuck logging me on. After they get this cleared up I have to deal with issues with resetting the Unix passwords. Joy.

Friday, March 5, 2010

SOE FanFaire

Well, FanFaire is on. Location: Bally's in Las Vegas. Dates: August 5th through the 8th. Standard rooms (south tower) are at $65/night for the 3rd through the 5th and the 8th, $85/night for the 6th and 7th. Upgraded rooms in the north tower are $20/night more.

I've got my reservations for the north tower Wednesday through to Monday morning, 2 queen beds (just in case someone needs crash space).