*chewing on her A+ cert card*

Why do I get all the trouble machines? First it’s Synergy and now it’s mother’s third system, which has managed to one-up the former in terms of being a pain in the ass, and challenge my competence as a system builder.

I foolishly got another XFX nForce like the one I used for Synergy 2.0 and, of course, INFERNAL POST ISSUES REDUX. One return trip to Fry’s for an exchange, a pair of sore feet and a few hours of parts-transferring later… well, I would think that having used MSI mobos for, like, half my total machine count, it would be easy compared to that whackjob mobo I just finished beating into submission, right?

NO! Now I can’t even turn the thing on at all. First it was just the backlight being stuck (indicating inverted front panel wiring), now… nothing.

Probably I’m just that tired that I’m fudging the front panel wiring, but still… I should (and can, and HAVE) be doing better than this. After several that booted on the first try, now I can’t even make it past POST. Circumstances have basically forced me to abandon any professional ambitions on the art front, and if my secondary ability (PC repair) ends up being a bust… I don’t need to feel any more useless than I already am, I’d like to keep at least one of my marketable skills in case the economy should stop sucking enough for me to get some kind of employment before I become too old to be considered a worthwhile newb worker.

Time permitting, I’ll take another crack at it tomorrow before I attempt to smuggle Synergy out.

Argh I had a Phil bromide I wanted to sketch (as well as main menu redesign stuff for RT), but it’s far too cold in here and too late at night to do much of anything in here. I think our heater’s broken again. x.x

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