The other desktop computer in my house, a 500GB HD, 4GB RAM failed...Again! Since I bought it, this system has been acting up, prompting me to send it to the repair shop at least once a year.
I am not sure what the problem was but, encouraged by my successful migration to Linux, I decided to venture-- for the first time-- into the unexplored world of hardware.
So, I opened the two boxes to put into my faithful AMD desktop some additional goodies, courtesy of the problematic box: a 2GB RAM, a new DVD writer, and (of course), a second HD.
|The black box ready for transplant|
For someone who has never opened a desktop to mess up with real hardware, the project was way too ambitious.
Yes, I can admit I was worried. Perhaps my Swiss Army knife knows more about computer hardware than I do.
So, armed with the Swiss Army knife, a vague idea of what I wanted, and a million doubts, I started the operation.
Fortunately, the components were similar. Nothing showed resistance.
Nevertheless, when I put back the power, screen, mouse, and keyboard cables, I was literally afraid. I pushed the power button as if it were the detonator of a bomb.
The computer turned on with absolute disregard of my fears. After pretty much the same lines that Linux shows upon start, my familiar GRUB2 greeted me, asking if I wanted to boot Mageia, PCLinuxOS, OpenMandriva, or Windows XP (the OS that I haven't booted in maybe three years).
I chose Mageia and the OS worked normally... only it felt snappier. I checked and the additional 2GB of RAM were recognized.
I tested the optical media unit and it was working. And the files on the other hard drive were accessible, too.
Despite all of my fears, my first hardware operation was a complete success!
Of course, in full honesty, Isay that Linux made it easy. I cannot imagine doing the same and then hunting for drivers, licenses, and what not ....
I wonder if Windows XP will be able to boot at all now...
UPDATE: PCLinuxOS and OpenMandriva also boot normally. Windows XP also started normally, but failed to see the second hard drive.