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New computer update: WOOHOO, it WORKS! - Phil's Rambling Rants
May 24th, 2004
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New computer update: WOOHOO, it WORKS!
Over the weekend's fiddling I got a new clue about what was wrong with the front panel card reader thingy when I discovered that if I plugged an external card reader into the USB port on the panel, and I plugged a CF card into the reader with the machine off, and turned it on, when the machine came up the mouse was dead. I unplugged the panel from the motherboard and plugged in the front panel USB ports built into the case. {The motherboard has 4 built in back-panel USB ports, but only one header for attaching others; so the ones built into the case have to fight with the panel, and the panel is more useful so it wins.) When I plugged the external reader into the case port, put in a card, and booted, it still killed the mouse. This was enough to get Mike to look through the BIOS configuration again; he turned off the "Plug&Play OS" setting and poked a couple of other things, and now it WORKS! I may keep it at the office for another day or two while I figure out if there's any more software I want to put on it before I take it to the world of tin-cans-and-string dialup Internet connections, and of course I don't know for sure that there won't be any issues getting it to play with my printers at home, but for the first time since I first powered it up, I'm not aware of any hardware problems.

And there was much rejoicing!

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