|My computer hates me
||[Mar. 12th, 2005|05:59 pm]
As you're probably all aware, I've been having some computing issues at home recently.|
Last weekend, I ordered a new motherboard to hopefully fix the issues I'd been having with the old one and linux, which causes lost interrupts, and broke adsl under linux. It didn't arrive until Wednesday, and it was broken. I thought it might be the memory not supporting DDR, but then I read some more and discovered that all PC2100 is DDR, and that the beeps meant the motherboard was broken. Annoyingly, it took me until Thursday night to be sure of this. I'm now waiting for Dabs to come collect it.
Yesterday, I ordered another new motherboard. This arrived today, and I popped it in. It made different sorts of beeping. This meant it didn't like the memory I already had. A trip to Sinoco this afternoon, and I have new memory. The motherboard does actually like this memory, which is nice. It seems that I can use the old memory fine in the new motherboard, just as long as it's the second chip in the system, and not the first. All very bizzare, and very pesky.
So, with my new motherboard in, I booted memtest. This said everything was fine, even with the memory it hadn't previously liked. Most odd. I booted linux, and everything seemed fine. Linux liked the motherboard, found the devices on it. It did ACPI irq allocations, and was all happy about that. The ADSL card drivers loaded fine, and it appeared we were away.
Then, I took a closer look at the logs. The ADSL card was still getting no packets back after it'd connected to the exchange. Something very odd is up, and I don't know what.
I tried to boot my test windows system (which has always worked with the adsl card), only that won't boot. Since I've changed motherboard, the ide controller has changed, and it doesn't like this. So, I'm reinstalling that now, hopefully that will then work with the adsl.
After that, I'm not sure. I've got a shiny new motherboard, that works better than the old one. I've got more memory. I've spent a fair bit on courier fees getting various bits sent to me, and some of them sent back. It's all very frustraiting that it still doesn't work.
What to do now, that's the question. I have a spare motherboard that works fine under windows to ebay, to get some of the money back for the new motherboard. I have an adsl pci card that still won't work with linux, despite everything now being in its favour. And I have no internet, except under windows, and windows is still reinstalling.
Perhaps I'm going to have to give in, and get an external ADSL router. The last one I had was crap, didn't do everything I wanted, and eventually broke enough to get sent back. Will I have any more luck now? Somehow, I doubt it :(