When I build my own, all bets are off!!!!
one word!! APPLE!
Thank you for all the replies!! Life can be boring as hell without a computer. It's made me realize just how much time I spend reading forums... lol. Plus there's nothing good on TV in the summer. Ridiculous.
Anyway, I got a response from my cousin and I think from the sound of it, he doesn't want to be bothered to fix it. I don't know one thing about fixing the motherboard problem. The link was great though Creeping Death, but it's way way too complicated for me.
I did what Die Radio Die said, and I decided to order a Dell. But I won't be expecting it until around August 6-8... which is ridiculously slow! >_< So I gotta find a way to survive the next 2 weeks, as pathetic as that sounds.
Just a question. Is it possible to grab the old hard drives (I had 3 hard drives in the custom built computer) and somehow plug it into the new one? I have some music there, and lots of family photos that I would like to recover.
What has me most annoyed is my AIM Screen Name. The one I've been using for 5+ years. I totally forgot the password, and the e-mail I had registered with it long ago doesn't seem to exist anymore. So I can't figure out my password (whatever I put) or can't even get an email that gives me a new temporary password.
If all the HDs from your old machine are IDE, it is a little more involved. First thing you need to understand with these is that because two devices are allowed on one channel, one of the devices needs to be a master, and one needs to be the slave, or they both need to be set on cable select. If in your new machine, the CD or DVD drives are IDE, what ever else you put on that channel will have to be set to slave (because if something is sitting by itself on an IDE, it has to be master) - you can set master / slave setting usually by moving a jumper on the back of the drive, there is usually a little diagram printed on the HD showing you which jumper position is which. If you have a completely free IDE channel, be sure the two HDs your are hooking up to it are a combination of master and slave, and they are not both set to the same thing. If you have run out of IDE channels, you can also buy a card that will give you another, similar to a SATA card.
Mail-order (usually) = long-distance trouble-shooting (usually) = delays and communication hassles I don't need ..... but since 2002, PC clock speeds have gotten so high that I have had to buy from special quiet computer sources that are not local, but I've lucked out that the place I latched onto produces grade-A quality computers that haven't really needed any servicing: http://www.endpcnoise.com
Zalman case now! Mmmmmmmm....