Hardware Failure!!

I find myself stuck without a motherboard on my home PC. The tough thing is, I’m “locked in” to a certain type of board now, being that I have an AGP video card, and motherboards nowadays don’t use AGP — they use PCI Express, usually, with some older boards using regular PCI. I will be giving this computer to my dad soon enough anyway, but until I get my tax return and can afford a really decent board with all compatible components, I’m stuck. On the upside, with my home PC down I have an excuse to bring my awesome gaming mouse to work. Hooray for comfort! Hooray for mice designed for 10-hour gaming sessions!

Surprisingly, this doesn’t really bother me, not having a computer at home. I actually really enjoy disassembling and reassembling computer hardware. I could even see myself doing some IT work someday (I wouldn’t feel comfortable working on other people’s computers though unless I was Microsoft Certified, and had at least a little formal training). But working with computers, especially older machines, is a lot like electronic surgery. There are a bunch of components, and everything connects a specific way. It’s really easy with reference materials, provided you know what you’re looking for, but if you connect something wrong, you’re going to lose the patient.

In a way, it parallels my work with 3D medical modeling and animation here at DDA. The care taken when seating a CPU with Heatsink and Fan is the same care that needs to be taken when merging polygons and extruding complex shapes from simple geometry. If you’re hasty, or mess up a weld, you’ve messed up your model and need to go back in and re-do it. I guess the nice thing about 3D modeling though is that if you’re a careful person, and save often, you shouldn’t lose work. At the worst, you may scrap a part of the model and re-do it if it just isn’t working out. I wish the same could be said for computer components!