At the moment, I have a suspect 500GB hard drive that belongs to someone else. I’ve offered to run a diagnostic utility on it to attempt to read the data from its bad sectors before consigning it to the rubbish bin.
Before I can do this though, I need a working computer. For this task, I thought I would use one of my spare computers to assess the disk completely as it is going to take a fair while. However, I have hit a few snags:
- First computer I tried using refuses to boot with the suspect hard drive connected,
- First computer shuts down when it is on and I attempt to hook up the suspect hard drive,
- Second computer boots fine with hard drive connected but I forgot that I had thrown out the faulty video card which makes any sort of software navigation and execution very difficult,
- Thought I would use the video card from first computer in second computer but found the AGP slots to be incompatible.
Whilst I do have other computers to use (my server and desktop machines), they are a last resort as they will be out of action for a while (possibly days depending on the extent of the damage to the drive).
My first computer had a PCI video card and then I’ve progressively had AGP and now PCI-E video cards. The issue is that all of these slots are physically and electrically incompatible. What I find frustrating is that I have no suitable graphics card for this old machine and possibly my only way of obtaining one is eBay.
I could probably get by with a PCI video card because all I need is enough power for DOS-like text mode and all of the computers I have happen to have PCI slots. Getting one fairly quickly will be an issue.
At any rate, my patience has worn a bit thin over the weekend. I’m sure many people have experienced a similar impasse when trying to build a working computer from the parts of others or when it comes time to upgrade their existing rigs. At least most computers still have a lowest common denominator of a PCI slot when it comes to internal interfaces.
Have you had issues with different video card slots in the past?