25 November 2008

Stupid Computers

I spent 4 hours last night trying to diagnose a new DIY AMD PC.  Damn thing blue screens on Vista install as soon as it finishes the inital loading of drivers to disk.  Then we took into work today and spent another couple hours on it, eventually deciding on a bum hard drive.  "Wrong again!" I'm told as the owner slapped a brand new hard drive in it tonight.  Fiddlesticks.  No longer being present at the machine, I recommended they do some exhaustive RAM testing & swapping.  No luck there either.  The last thing I suggested trying was swapping the processor out (I didn't build the rig, who knows what happened during the delicate CPU install) with another AMD machine.  Good luck to those boys.

Today at work was The Great RAM Swap of 2008.  Most of our work machines were running 1GB of RAM.  So, we bought two 2GB sticks and reorganized various RAM across all the machines to get everyone up to 2GB.  It only took an hour and was infinitely more successful than the AMD SNAFU WTF above!

FOLLOW UP: Turns out the problem was CPU-related after all. The processor they chose was not supported by the BIOS version of the motherboard. Flashing the BIOS to the latest version fixed the issue. That's a new lesson for me; just because the BIOS properly identifies the CPU doesn't mean it's supported!


  1. I'm a big Intel fan myself, and I've never been disappointed :D

  2. Thank God you finally upgraded those machines at work. I'm sure the guys are happy, at least the ones that actually test games and don't spend all day on Facebook.