Well, as bad as things could have gone with setting up the new computer, they actually went worse.
Here’s a quick summary:
1.) Booted computer up on original install.
2.) Tried to install new video card – video card was AGP… motherboard only has PCI and PCIE slots
3.) Installed old Hard Drive into existing IDE ribbon to migrate data files from old computer – computer didn’t boot
4.) Bought new video card, installed card into open slot, removed old Hard Drive – computer didn’t boot
5.) Swapped video card and modem – computer didn’t boot
6.) Removed modem – computer didn’t boot
7.) Removed new video card (back to original configuration) – computer booted fine
8.) loaded software, updates and settings… didn’t know how I was going to migrate data
9.) Tried video card again – computer didn’t boot
10.) Put video card in modem’s slot – computer didn’t boot
11.) Took video card back out (back to original configuration) – computer didn’t boot
12.) Wiped drive and installed from Recover Disk with new video card in slot – computer BOOTED
13.) Gleefully installed video card drivers and updates
14.) Restarted computer several times to ensure that things were working properly
15.) Decided to install GoBack so I could mark this position in the installation process and come back to it – after installing GoBack, computer wouldn’t boot
16.) Disabled GoBack – computer booted, but Explorer crashed every time I tried to enter Control Panel
17.) Couldn’t uninstall GoBack… Installed Recovery Disk… clean wipe – Explorer still crashed when I tried to enter Control Panel
18.) Another clean wipe and Recovery – Explorer still crashed when entering Control Panel
19.) Complete HD long format
20.) Installed Windows XP from official XP disc
21.) Network/Sound drivers were not installed
22.) Installed second NetGear PCI Network card
Finally things are starting to look like they’re going to work properly. The only way I could think to effectively migrate the data was to plug in a cross-over cable from my old computer to my new one and copy the data directly to the new computer via network. I still have several hardware items in my system profile that are “unknown,” but they don’t appear to be breaking anything, I have the sound working and all the other components that I want to work appear to be working fine… I’m not going to bother with them. It always bugs me a little bit to have unkown hardware components loaded, but not enough this time to fool around with it and jeapardize the whole process again. There were a couple of other clean-wipes and OS installs in there, but I forgot when in the process they happened. In all, I installed XP 9 times over the weekend. I used up all of my license uses on a couple of my software packages which means in order to install them, I’ll probably have to call the software companies and wait on the phone to let them grace my installation activation and free up my license so I can install the software.
Another source of irritation is that my Gateway box doesn’t seem to have a valid Serial Number on it anywhere… this makes it extremely difficult to get adequate Gateway support. With a serial number, they can pinpoint my machine, create a profile, and give me all the drivers I need to get my machine working properly. Without it, I’m pretty much on my own.
In my first Silicon Blues post, I mentioned the whole dilemna of what to do with obsolete technology. Gateway has a trade-in/recycle program where you can get cash for your old stuff. Turns out, my old Pentium III 800 with 512 megs of RAM, DVD ROM and CDRW are worth $18. Whee.
Oh yeah. I got the Silicon Blues.