MonthNovember 2009

Notes on Computer from A-Link

When installing a hard drive on this computer, do not use the VIA RAID Controller.  Do not use the set of SATA ports on the motherboard that are associated with it.  They are broken.

The computer only operates when the BIOS setting is set to “IDE Operating Mode”.  It should be under the “Chipset” section in the BIOS.

Installing Windows XP requires SATA drivers.  Press F6 when prompted and insert the floppy disk that says “SATA 378 Promise Controller Drivers”.

There seems to have been a piece that broke off from one of the computer components.  It most likely is from the motherboard.  I don’t know what its significance is.  I’ve seen a component exactly like this elsewhere on the motherboard, but I don’t know where it goes.

UPDATE: It looks like the jumper that can be used to reset the CMOS.  By putting this over the two jumper pins, the CMOS is shorted and reset.

Currently running on 1 stick of 512 MB RAM.  The other stick of RAM has an error on it.

Memtest Data:
Test 8
Pass 12
Failing address: 000274931C – 628.1 MB
Good: ffffffff
Bad: fffffff7
Err-bits: 00000008
Count: 1
Char: –

Determining Volume Serial Number

This set of instructions will teach you how to determine the Volume Serial Number of your hard drive.  This number is useful if you want a unique identifier for your hard drive.  For example, program an application to work only with a certain Volume Serial Number.

  1. Open up the command prompt (Start > Run > cmd)
  2. Type “dir C: /p” and press enter.

Once that is done, the command prompt should output the number for you.

Asus K8V SE Deluxe

Image of the motherboard from the top down

Access Device Manager When It Doesn’t Work from Control Panel

Sometimes the device manager just won’t open for whatever reason.  This happened to me before and I don’t know why.  Either way, this is how to do it without going to the control panel.  This how-to involves the use of the Microsoft Management Console.  I have no idea what it does, I just know that it will let me into the device manager.

  1. Start > Run (or winkey + r)
  2. Type “mmc” and click OK
  3. Click File > Add/Remove Snap-in…
  4. Select Device Manager from the left menu and click the Add button.
  5. Click OK

The device manager should now be visible in the left pane of the mmc window.


Caught A Cold

Been feeling something coming down on me for the past couple days.  Yesterday it finally manifested itself.  I’ve apparently caught a cold.  Took some tylenol, and been sneezing all day.  Being sleepy didn’t help either.  I had the worst nap on the West Coast Express too.  I felt pretty sick throughout the day, so I left early.  I then went to SFU to visit Gary.  SFU does indeed look very depressing.  I know I shouldn’t be doing that since I was sick, but getting up and walking around made me feel a little bit better.  Played DotA there until my computer ran out of batteries.  I would have plugged in my laptop if I had found a plug.  It was a goddamn computer lab, and there was not a single plug in sight.  The ones that the computers were using were kept confined behind and under the desk.  I could not get to it.  We left at about 4:45 and got to Coquitlam Station at around 5:15 to get a ride back home.

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