PC Card Fest - Crazy XP screen
First the IBM PS/1
First up the success of booting the IBM PS/1.
And now to the XP machine
I'm sure the text isn't supposed to look Japanese.
And Windows looks like it's been partying.
No idea what that is supposed to be.
And Miss Rina Nagasaki is the wrong size
and has some crazy hazing going on there.
I should explain about the image of Rina
on the XP machine, but who would believe me.
So I shot the XP machine through the CPU
and that was that. Feel much better now.
OK to the inside. Note the scuzz handy-work.
I'll give you a clue it's the mess on the right.
I suspect its the GPU but could be a capacitor
on the card or maybe one of the other cards. I will
take them out one at a time and see if that helps.
Typical scuzz using the base of the computer
to store some old hard drives.
No sign of blown capacitors so I cleaned up
and used a soft rubber to clean the connector.
Not sure of the make. Guess I could check. Nah!!
So that's where that went. !!
I retrieved the card and covered the slot.
The classic Creative SoundBlaster Live
with the surround sound no less.
Handy little colour scheme. Use to be tiny little
symbols which were impossible to read.
And your typical network card.
Could be power though I suspect the card itself.
I did swap out the RAM but that made
no difference to the crazy hazing.
As can be seen from this picture.
So I can use a NVIDIA replacement.
But first let me try this RADEON. ATi.
The Radeon booted up with the same problems.
Even alerted to a 'serious error'. Scary stuff.
But Rina was still looking under the weather.
I tried the NVIDIA but couldn't get past
SAFE MODE. I installed the software but the
computer halted at the XP opening screen.
So both the NVIDIA and RADEON were toast.
I guess that's why they were in my junk box.
OK time to shine and enter option number three.
And this better work.. as I'm all out.
Booted OK and picked up the NVIDIA install.
Somewhat bleary and out of focus. But enough to
be getting on with. At least she is working.
I can update drivers and stuff later.
You little beauty.. Whatever you are.
Time to get busy with it.
First up I need to make a full back up
of the Amiga archive. That'll take all day.
And we are back and time to clean up the drivers.
Looking much much better.
And so Rina is back to her normal self. Cool.
A big thank you to Rina Nagasaki from Japan
who made this whole blog possible.
And so why Rina ? .. Shucks.. Why not ?