Organ transplants save PC’s life!

Yesterday I received my new motherboard, processor, and memory for to get the old Micron PC rebuilt.  It was an amazingly trouble-free installation! No problems at all, even though the hardest (and scariest) part was installing the fan/heatsink onto the processor–It had to be forced onto the ZIF socket clips, using a flathead screwdriver.  Any slip while applying that much pressure could have resulted in jamming the screwdriver into any of the hundreds of critical components on the motherboard or scratching the traces, which would have most-likely killed it permanently.  But as I said, all went well.  The new board was even a couple inches larger than the old one, yet it fit like a glove into the ATX case and everything seated perfectly.  Even Windows XP installed without a hitch, and found all the hardware and everything on first startup!  So it’s now a Micron Athlon XP 1800+, and I can boot to the XP desktop in 20-25 seconds!

Interesting geek trivia:  I took a few notes, and after installing the original final release of Windows XP Professional (I bought it the day it was released–on 10/25/01) and going to Windows Update for the first time, there were 31 Critical Updates found.  After installing Windows XP Service Pack 1 the number of Critical Updates left to download was 13.  I assume this means that 18 Critical Updates are included in Service Pack 1.

The Athlon XP 1800+ runs at a speed of 1.54GHz, so I’ve come a little way from the 850MHz Pentium III that the Micron had in it before.  The total cost, which included the motherboard, processor, fan/heatsink, was about $140.  That doesn’t include the extra components I added just to upgrade the system a bit–512MB SDRAM and a 120GB Hard Drive.  It appears to be running a lot faster than my 2.2GHz Pentium 4 machine right now though… Probably only because its a brand new installation of Windows though.   Time will tell.

Valentines Day

Valentines Day was very good.  Sandy and I and Kevin went out to dinner at Texas Roadhouse, a new place out on Highway 50 and I-94.  We called for reservations but they don’t take any.  All they have is a Call-Ahead list.  You call like 1/2 hr before you’re going to be there, they put you on the list, and you only have a wait of about 10 or 15 minutes before being seated.  They said they’re always very busy, so there’s no real good time to get in faster than that.  Good thing we called too, because people coming in when we got there who didn’t call ahead had a 2-hour wait!  The food was excellent! I had a BBQ Chicken & Steak Combo, and Sandy had a Combo of Steak and Ribs.  Kevin had a kids meal (naturally).  Food was excellent, service was great (I love the site-pager system–when yours flashes and vibrates, your table’s ready–Kevin didn’t want to give it back when we were seated!)