More Computer Rants (AKA Eep! Long!)

Ok I’m bugged about my friend’s computer again, so I’m posting again. Yesterday he bought a $90 WD 250gb hard drive (which really pissed him off, because when it was installed it said that it was 233.88gb, not 250gb), and called me before purchasing to make sure he was buying the right kind. He was really worried when I told him to get an IDE drive and the box said eIDE on it, but I figured “Hey, it’s still IDE,” and told him to buy it.

*Insert trip to see V for Vendetta a school day here*

So then I go over to his house to help him install it (3:30).
We get the computer unplugged and shut down (3:45).
Computer is open (3:50).
We realize that his computer only has one hard drive rack (3:55).
-Begin Failure-
Ok, we can improvise. There are extra removable media racks that the drive would fit in (4:10).
We have unplugged the current hard drive, the 9-in-1 media reader, the dvd burner (read: the dvd burner), and basically anything else blocking our way to this empty rack, except for this huge cluster of power cables that seems to be soldered onto the mobo. Oh well, we can work around it (4:25).
After struggling to fit the drive in, we decide to remove the 9-in-1 media reader (4:30).
We fail (4:35).
We replace the reader and ponder what to do next (4:37).
We ponder (4:45).
*Bing!* Idea strikes (5:10).
Idea also fails (5:10).
Ok enough of that. To put it simply, we end up just plugging everything back in and placing (/dropping) the hard drive on the floor of the computer case, plugged in and stuff. We boot ‘er up, and it doesn’t recognize the drive. It also won’t open the dvd burner, so I assume we set the master/slave jumpers wrong. We opened the box again, and set them all right. This time *WHAM* the drive works! =D So we set it to partition it (/:Y, isnt that cool?), and I leave to return to my dwelling.

A few hours later, my friend calls. His dvd burner still won’t open. Dammit, the thing we forgot to check! So I’m going back there tomorrow to check that out…

In between these escapades, I attempted to uninstall ZoneAlarm a few times, and experimented with alt+f4 :P

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