So I installed Vista last night using my 'main' computer on a hard drive that I.... acquired, and everything was fine.
Now the computer show is in town (marketproshows) and I decide to get my own HDD for Vista so i can take back the one I ummm borrowed.
I also decided to pick up a power supply for my 'server' that while the existing one works, the fan is shot.
So I get the HDD (A Western Digital refurb) SATA 40 GB
350 Watt Power supply (used) for $6.
Plug the drive into my system, and no surprise the heads are clicking like an ace of spades rattling in a kids bicycle spokes.
Plug the Power supply into my 'server' and it powers up fine, but for some weird reason the motherboard is beeping like there is no video.
Bring the server to the bench to have a through look-see, and sure enough there is nothing comming out of the video and
the HDD isin't spinng. I replaced the power supply with my old fanless one and turn it on when my hard drive literally starts to smoke.
So realizing that something is not right I strip it down to motherboard, RAM, and CPU (with fan) and I'm still getting no video.. ouch this sucks.
Ok the motherboard must be fried let's at least try to salvage the RAM (512 MB
) I put it into my other box, and that boots and all looks well until the 'Main' box tries to hit an address in the just added 512 section.. I get a I/O BSOD
So now if I'm, LUCKY my little $28 ''shopping spree" is going to cost me another trip down to the marketproshow (to try and get refunds) but NOW I'll be without my server (had some good stuff on it too) and I'll have to pay at least $400 to replace it.
Being a cheap bastard is not easy.