November 27th, 2004

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The good with the bad.

Good: I slept in almost till noon.
Bad: Soon after I woke, I had to help move crap we're throwing away into a rented truck.
Good: It was nice for most of the time.
Bad: It poured at one point.
Good: I got to use shitloads of duct tape to attach a red "flag" (read "rag") to a projecting piece of wood.
Bad: I had to take stuff to the dump.
Good: I got In 'n Out.
Bad: The tarp keeping everything from flying up pretty much got ripped to shreds.
Good: It was my brother's fault.
Bad: I had to help unload the stuff at the dump, and the back of my shirt got nailed by a seagull. x.x
Good: I found a computer there; seems to be an Athlon-class system, and has a CD drive I can use on the server if nothing else. (Have yet to boot it, though.)

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Smoke test

So, I took the machine I got at the dump. I plugged in RAM and a video card, hooked it up to my second monitor, plugged it in, and hit the power button.

The CD drive ejects randomly. Nothing on the monitor, CPU fan isn't running. I'm just noticing a hint of a smell when I hear a pff and white smoke starts coming out of both ends of the power supply. The smell increases sharply.


I shut the thing down quickly and pull out the parts I added. I don't know if I damaged them or not; I hope not. (The monitor, at least, works just as badly as it did before.) Then I start removing the other parts--52x CD-ROM drive, floppy drive, associated cables, modem, network card.

Finally, I grab a flathead screwdriver and lever the heatsink clip off, then start trying to get the lever up. The heatsink comes off (too easily? can't tell) and I pull up the lever and extract the CPU.

The CPU has an "AMD Athlon" logo on it. I spot a model number and search for a site to interpret it. Here's what I found:

ArchitectureModel/CPU ClockPackagingCore VoltageMax TempL2 CacheFSB Clock
Athlon (.18 µm)1.3 GHzCPGA1.75 Volts95° C256 KB266 MHz

Translation for the non-technical: a pretty nice chip, approximately 1.5 Moore cycles (~2 years) old. (The most interesting number is the 1.3GHz, but the 256 KB of L2 means it's a midrange chip for that speed, and the 266 MHz front-side bus is pretty nice too.)

I don't know if it's damaged; there aren't any scorch marks, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. I'll at least need some new heat-conducting goop. I'll also need a new power supply; I offered to give the system to my brother if he's willing to risk his power supply, but he didn't bite. More computer for me (or my sister), I guess.

So...that's the state of things. Not immediately usable, but nor is it a waste of space.
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