June 21st, 2006

running, bomb tech

A non-smooth upgrade path

OK, that was not the most inspiring experience. Evidently the Acer TravelMate was not made to be disassembled easily. So I'm going to have go the hard way. Fortunately, I discovered that I still have my external CDRW, the one that was brand new in 2001.

...shit, I think I just killed the onboard mouse. Fuck. Opening up Allegra? Such a very bad plan. Very, very, very bad plan. I may have to open it up again in order to fix what I have done. Because the touchpad no longer works, and I do not have a ps/2 mouse handy.

...though I could conceivably drive to Walmart to get one at this hour of the night.

But. Fuck. This is not a good hardware thing to be doing.

I do have a serial mouse. Yay serial mouse. But. Ow. It's not detecting it. ...Something tells me I'm going to be up pretty late.
teddyborg, geeky

Whee! CD! Mouse!

Opened up Allegra again, on instructions from hachi and http://www.rigacci.org/comp/312T/disassemble/ , and re-attached the mouse cable to where it was supposed to be plugged in. I got a datachisel and finally got the right hinge cover off successfully.

I now have the mouse working again. I have the old CD drive working on it, I think -- I have a floppy drive for mnemosyne!Thalia, and a floppy for Allegra, so I got the drivers for the Acer external CDRW downloaded and installed on Allegra, so now Allegra has a CD drive again. This makes it possible for me to think about installing other things, especially the NIC that I got for it.

NIC might be working, now that I told 98 that it is supposed to know TCP/IP ...

And. OMG. Allegra lives!

Next step: installing the little ...

Woo! Online! With Allegra! New location for computermachine coming right up!

Now I can happily disassemble Mnemosyne!Thalia, put deadbrick!Thalia back together, and ship deadbrick!Thalia back to the BOfD. It'll take me a bit to get Allegra the way I want it to be for my interim machine, but it'll work. Yes indeed. It'll work.

I'm so very tired, but feeling so very satisfied with myself.
  • Current Music
    Nirvana on the radio (sound drivers not installed on Mnemosyne yet)
phone, cordless phone

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On the one hand, I am cozy and have no reason to move. On the other hand, there are some things I should avoid.