Whew, Glad that's Over With
So... What do you do when you find
out you have 9 exams and 4 projects due in a period of 1 1/2 weeks?
That's right! Procrastinate! Nothing like waiting until 11:00pm
or so to study for the 3 exams you have the next day. pwned.
New Hard Drive
Well... the fun I had with my new
60gig hard drive and everything relating to it cannot be expressed in words.
I will, however, try my best to do so. I only have one ata/66 cable,
and since I have two ata/66 drives, the obvious solution is to put both
of them on the same cable. However, whenever I set either of my ata/66
drives to slaves, windows would NOT boot. The load bar would get
halfway across and just stop, every time. I ended up having to put
one of the drives on a separate cable, meaning it had to be ata/33.
When I finally got the new hd to work with Windows after several days of
tinkering, I attempted to download Redhat Linux, but Windows must have
some kind of protective code that does everything it can to give you hell
when you attempt to do this, because that's what it gave me. So,
several crashes and many CD coasters later, I had valid copies of the Redhat
New Hard Drive: The Good
Ahh, the RedHat installation went
so smoothly (on the second try -- the first time the screen just went blank).
It was 100x's easier than any Windows install on my machine. What's
that you say? Installing Windows is easy? Hah! Try installing
it on my machine, then say that! Anyway, all went well;
Linux loaded up just fine, and everything was working the way it was supposed
to. Then I rebooted...
New Hard Drive: The Bad
Bad things happen when I reboot.
That is why I avoid it if it can be avoided, but I wanted to be sure that
when the time came, I would be able to boot my computer. "LI"
That's all it said. It sat at the console with "LI" and a flashing
cursor. I guess it was for "LILO." There was plenty of "LI"
but it was a little low on the "LO." It was then that I realized
that I forgot to switch the drives around so that the new one was the primary.
Linux had attempted to install the loader on my NTFS drive. That's
bad. I had no way to load windows, but I was able to boot Linux with
a floppy at least
New Hard Drive: The Ugly
Obviously I tried to fix the problem.
I booted off of a Windows CD and went to the recovery console. There
was a command that looked like it might help: "FIXMBR.EXE." I figured
I didn't have anything to lose, since the boot sector was already b0rked.
It turns out I had 40 gigs to lose and the name of the executable was a
bit of a misnomer. It should have been called "FUX0RHD.EXE" because
that's exactly what it did. It didn't fix the problem, but it did
a fine job of creating a new one. Now nothing would recognize the
hard drive as NTFS. Perhaps it was "fix" as in what you do to a cat.
New Hard Drive: The Downright Cruel and Unusual
I was swapping drives around in hopes
that I could get Linux to load and maybe read the NTFS drive since Windows
wouldn't. When I plugged my old drive into the ata/33 controller,
my computer stopped booting at the drive detection screen saying "Press
F4 to skip." Pressing F4 did nothing. My computer simply refused
to work if one of the ata/66 drives was plugged into an ata/33 controller.
I swapped some cables around again, and this time when I booted, it said
"CPU has been changed or is unusable." Well, it certainly hadn't
been changed, meaning either it was unusable or I was being lied to.
After doing a lot of tinkering with the bios settings (which kept setting
the cpu clock speeds to what I did NOT set them to) I finally got the thing
working at a lower clock speed. Then a new problem arose. Not
only would my drives not work in the ata/33 controller, but now they'd
stop working after about 20 seconds on the ata/66 controller (not enough
time to get an OS booted). Linux would at least give me errors about
IDE time-outs and such. Windows would just die and not tell me jack.
Basically, my computer was useless in this stage. I think it was
at this stage that I gave it a swift kick since there was definitely nothing
to lose this time. Nothing was lost. Nothing was gained either,
but there were a lot of CD's all over the floor that were once stacked
up on top of the case.
New Hard Drive: The Getting Better
Of course this all had to happen at
an insanely busy time so I could only work on my computer for a few minutes
each day; I had to do all of my school work on lab computers, yucky.
I was able to finally get the thing to at least boot by updating the bios,
but the ata/66 controller still didn't work. Windows didn't like
the configuration too much, so I was running straight Linux for a while.
A week or two later I randomly decided to try the ata/66 controller again,
and hey! It worked! Now I have Windows XP installed (the ugliest
OS known to man). It randomly crashes on a regular basis, but I'm
not sure if it's the ata controller causing that problem or what.
I also broke down and shelled out fifty bucks for some recovery software
to get the data off of my old hard drive and I recovered everything as
I wrote this update.
Paintball II v 1.73a
Been too lazy to put forth a full
release, but the scoring bug is fixed finally; It's up on the UMich servers.
"I'd procrastinate, but I'm going
to put that off for later."
Malfunction of the Moment
I was watching some funny video clips
from hardcore tv. Halfway through one of them Windows Media Player
paused for a second, then it fastforwarded to catch up. It never
stopped fastforwarding. Even when I loaded different clips; they
would all be over in about 2 seconds. I even tried the other windows
media player (the crappy one that doesn't let you resize and comes with
a bunch of dumb skins) and it did the same thing. Odd. I think
it's related that my sound cut out too and wouldn't work for anything anymore.
I suppose a reboot will fix it.
Spam of the Second
"Holiday Special: Pay Nothing to Lose
Weight This Season." Hey! What a clever idea! By paying nothing
you will not obtain food, and thus loose weight and save money.
Too bad I'm not trying to lose weight.
Link o' the Day
Like crappy but funny flash animations?
are a bunch of them for ya. Check out Irrational Exuberance and
the original music video for the song (I think the original is more ...
um... more... just watch it, you'll understand). It inspired me to
make this picture.