As some of you may know, I have been having problems in recent times installing a graphics card in my computer. I eventually came to the conclusion (through a series of deductions that is far too long to go into here) that it must be the miniscule power supply (230W) not being big enough to adequately power everything. So I bought a new power supply, and yesterday lunchtime I fitted it. Everything ran nicely, no problems there. But then I didn’t expect anything to go wrong, it’s only a power supply.

So, I then went on to put my nice new graphics card in. Windows got halfway through installing the drivers for it, and crashed. And I mean seriously crashed. Crashed so much that Windows wouldn’t start again, not even in Safe Mode. I was not a happy bunny. So I put my Windows CD in to see if I could fix it, but it was having none of that either. It would get so far in the installation and then give up. I had a poke around inside, and noticed that the CPU was very hot. It was almost as if the new power supply was giving more power than the motherboard could handle. And it was clear that the motherboard didn’t like delegating the graphics to another card. So in the end I put the old power supply back in, and reinstalled Windows on my secondary hard disk. I’ve still got all my files and stuff on my other hard disk, so I haven’t lost anything exactly. It’s just a bit of a pain.

Right, well I’m going to crawl under my desk again now and unplug everything, and connect up my CD writer (which I forgot to plug in before) and my other hard disk (which I meant to not plug in before). I’m just glad I didn’t have to be doing anything important on my computer yesterday…

Categories: Miscellaneous


Phill · 13 September 2005 at 11:33 am

Anne-Marie told me that all you’d been doing for the past few days was playing games anyway … doing something important? Bah, humbug 😉

Matthew · 13 September 2005 at 12:12 pm

I wasn’t playing games!! Well, I was, but for a reason. I had bought a new joystick, and needed to play a few games to test it out, make sure it was working properly, that sort of thing… so you see it was actually absolutely necessary… kind of…

Alex · 14 September 2005 at 10:28 am

yeah yeah

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