Sunday Night Computer Surgery

It’s been a busy hour or so, and the living room is a mess. I need to clean tomorrow.

I unpacked the Sun Ultra 20 (new in the box, but two years old), updated its BIOS, and installed 2G of RAM. I then took out its Socket939 Opteron 144 CPU and set it aside.

I took my old gaming machine, took out its Socket939 Athlon64 X2 3800+ CPU, installed that processor in the Ultra 20, and verified that everything worked.

I took the Opteron 144 from the Ultra 20, installed it in the old gaming machine, and verified that everything worked.

When my parts for the new gaming machine (Intel DG31PR motherboard, E5200 CPU, 4G RAM) arrive on Wednesday, I’ll take the motherboard/CPU/RAM out of the old gaming machine and install the new parts, along with a GeForce 9500 video card that I’ve had sitting here waiting. The old GeForce 7600 card will go into the Ultra 20, which currently just has onboard Rage XL video.

This will give me a (for the first time) current-generation gaming machine with a decent video card, while at the same time giving me a machine to play with Solaris 10 and VMWare on.

The ASRock board, CPU, and 2G RAM will be given to a friend who lost his system in a power surge during the recent hurricane.

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