Building a PC from scratch- my first attempt

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    • #36963
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      Despite my age and lack of GEEKNESS, I’m putting this PC together. This is my first time trying this, so I’m open to any suggestions for tweaking the hardware and software. The PC will have to do regular office tasks along with some photo/video work. OS is Windows XP Media Edition.

      Case: http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=15900
      Reader,I/O, fan control: http://www.xpcgear.com/fp801bk.html
      Motherboard: http://www.xpcgear.com/p5bdeluxewifi.html
      700w Power Supply: http://www.seasonicusa.com/m12.htm
      Video Card: http://www.xpcgear.com/evga7900gsn620.html
      Memory 2 dual channel DDR2= 2 gigs: http://www.xpcgear.com/khx6400d2llk2.html
      Intel Core 2 Duo: http://www.xpcgear.com/e6600.html
      2- Maxtor 160 GB Sata II/300 7200rpm Hard Drives
      2- Sony DVD+/-RW dual & double layer drives

    • #164031
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      I have 20 years of Navy avionics experience, but a lot has changed since the mid eighties. Trying to read non-military schematics is trying at times, but industry standards are improving. This is the first SATA wiring that I will experience, but easy. The worst will be finding all the correct pins and connectors on the motherboard. The only major issue is when it initially boots to the BIOS. Hopefully the choices will be straight forward. Since the card reader’s firewire, usb ports, line, mic, and headset plug directly to the motherboard, detection shouldn’t be an issue. The fan controller will be interesting to experiment with. So far this has been a fun project, even after about 10 hours of researching parts and ideas on the web. πŸ˜€

    • #164032
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      Soon as my two 1 gb dual channel DDRs arrive, I’m done. A few wire labeling issues between the fan/audio controller and the MB, but should be good to go.
      Thanks Hank

    • #164033
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      Well, couldn’t find a front panel line in connection to the motherboard and nobody else did either. ASUS(motherboard) tech support hasn’t answered my question. I’ll boot it in the morning, fire extinguisher handy 😯

    • #164034
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      Just remember:
      All things electronic run on magic smoke.
      If something goes wrong and the magic smoke escapes from the electronics…
      the electronics won’t work anymore.
      javascript:emoticon(‘8-O’)

    • #164035
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      I installed an ionizer in HD bay 6. This keeps the magic smoke not only in the case, it balances the quantum effect of the dreaded 33rd bit, which keeps parity in check. πŸ˜‰

    • #164036
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      In BIOS, you disable HD AUDIO which defaults to the AC’97 standard. This enables the front panel audio connections. I had to do this with the module I put in the top bay that has all the audio, firewire, usb, and fan speed controllers.

    • #164037
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      I had a major issue with my two Sony DRU-120C drives. All audio worked except for DVD playback. Since CD audio played and wmv from file worked, I was getting into software issues. Sony drives came bundled with Nero- which I custom selected the load. To shorten this to the bottom line, Nero was at fault with a bad DVD audio codec. I removed Nero and installed Cyberlink Power DVD. The system now works with all related software stable. It took me many hours to resolve this problem since it’s a scratch build with no reference as to what was originally good.
      I hope this will save somebody else hours of headaches.

      PS: this PC Rocks!
      on the "test Bench"

    • #164038
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      One strange issue remains unresolved. Both Sony DVD drives(DRU-120C) are detected on boot, but when coming back from hibernate only one drive shows up. The solution has eluded me.

    • #164039
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      Here’s a screenshot of what I have found. Note Drive D has DLA and drive E doesn’t. Trying to figure out how to resolve this.

    • #164040
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      I’m not smart enough, to solve that one (today)…..wise enough to buy a mac to avoid things like that…wise a$$ enough to point that out…
      am following this thread and learning good stuff hope you get it sorted….I may wind up using some linux box set up on a robotics project ( too cheap to hire another photo assistant, decided to build one that can follow directions instaed).

    • #164041
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      When the system starts from a shutdown, both DVD drives appear. After a sleep/hibernate, not only do I lose one drive, but the only one that appears has swapped drive assignments! I just noticed this. That is really weird!

    • #164042
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      I know what you mean Hank. I have 20 years of Navy electronics experience, making the transition from tubes to surface mount technology, carbon paper to computers. I was the first tech trained in the Navy’s computerized P-3 sub hunters and took care of 9 planes, 2 sonars each, 27 boxes in each system. I was very good with these computer based sonars.
      I am getting my butt whipped by this little pain in the #%! problem and will continue to task my skills to figure it out.

      PEACE

      Keith Breazeal / Flight Video Magazine
      http://www.kbvp.com

    • #164043
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      The DVD drives are now working correctly. Seems when the systen initially booted, the selection of controllers was SCSI instead of IDE. So much for Windoze.

      Keith Breazeal http://www.kbvp.com

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