May 11th, 2010

Trap, Ackbar

[Insert foulest language here]

First, a recap my computer repair exploits over the past couple of weeks. I opened up my box for the first time in a looong tme and dusted it out with air. I then replaced the DVD-ROM drive which hadn't functioned in two years. While I was in there, I noticed that I was a quart low on RAM and resolved to upgrade. Then the headphone jack incident and this weekend happened (see previous post).

I went to Staples and picked up a $30 sound card. I placed the card into a free SDI port and fired up the machine. Nothing showed up on the monitors. I did a quick shut-down before Windows booted and pulled the audio card. Still no video. I then pulled the video card and plugged directly into the motherboard. Still, no video. Out of options, I've resigned myself to the fact that the bell has tolled for this computer. Now the goal is to transfer the hard drives over to a new box without losing my apps. How difficult is this process? Will I need to hire a professional, or can an end-user do it? The computer is 6 years old, running XP.