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Now with a replaced 2gb memory module, the new computer is finally complete. The rather impressive specifications:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo e8400 @ 3.0 GHz
Memory: 2×2 GB Patriot DDR2 PC64800 DIMMs (Dual Channel configuartion)
Graphics: XFX NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Alpha Dog Edition
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP35C-DS3R
Hard Disk: 2×1 TB Maxtor 7200 rpm 32MB cache
Optical Drive: Pioneer 18×18 SATA Dual Layer/Dual Format DVD/CD Reader/Writer
Power Supply: Corsair CMPSU-520HX 520 Watt (Modular)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred

Of course, all of this requires a good name. It just so happens that during the last round of name-searching for my laptop, which is now known as Graphitica, another good name came up, which was totally appropriate for this new computer. I present to you, BlackOrchid.

Spring 2008 Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30 E E 400 B
EEB 042
  E E 400 B
EEB 042
  E E 400 B
EEB 042
10:30   CSE 481
MOR 219
EE 400 BA CSE 481
MOR 219
12:00   CSE 431 A
MGH 251
CSE 431 A
MGH 251
2:30   EE 400 BA      
4:30 BioEn 499 B      

New computer working, finally

Well, after a bad powersupply and a slew of Blue Screens of Death during Windows installation, I finally tracked down the problem to the memory — either a dual channel issue, or just the particular DIMM that I pulled is bad. I had been steered away from this possibility by Memtest86, but it looks like it ended up being the real culprit. I’m sorry to the friends that I pestered with constant error messages in my frustration (each a new blue screen of death!). Some point soon I will try to verify that the DIMM I pulled is actually bad, or figure out if the Motherboard I got just doesn’t like to do dual channel with it, or what.

At any rate, once Windows was finally running, I installed some 92 updates, installed a little bit of necessary software, and then got to the good stuff: Half Life 2 and Supreme Commander. Both play like a dreamland. It rocks.

Now I just have to finish school, then I can have some fun!