Archive for April, 2008

Stop. Hammertime!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

I’ve just upgraded my primary workstation — my old, overheating, and noisy as a vacuum cleaner Pentium D unit has been replaced by a new Core 2 Quad machine, which does not get hotter than room temperature and remains heavenly silent.

I assembled the new unit by myself, as with most of the machines that I’ve been using over the years, dating back to the prehistoric times of PC XT. However, it wasn’t until today, the high-tech era of quad-core CPUs, that I had to make use of this particular tool:

Yes, a hammer.

No matter how hard I tried, and how badly I cursed, I couldn’t install the damn heatsink on the motherboard — despite what the manual said, the “Push Pins” just wouldn’t get “firmly secured” in the holes. So I literally hammered them to the board. Apparently, I did it gently enough not to break anything, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to write this post on the new machine.

Now, I just need a new power supply to complete the upgrade. This means more assembling — I better get an axe, just in case.

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