Tornado Death Mode

September 24, 2000

I found myself

in a place I rarely find myself……at home with nothing to do. I wound up

prepping Maggie (MadCow’s twin) for a motherboard and memory upgrade. The 233

will work, I just need a heat sync and a fan. I found the 64mb of ram I stored

away before I moved and cleaned up the case. The switch on the power supply

was sticking. I would have to reach in and pull the thing on and off. The original

PS wasn’t capable to supporting a few devices, it was burning out motherboards,

so I swapped it with an old one a friend had around. Somehow in the install,

I had a good PS, but it had a bad switch. My old Tiger case has a nice PS that

has been used very little, so I decided on ripping out the PS to the Novell

server and while I was at it, rip out the memory as well. The PS fits, switch

works and I have 30-pin 4mb SIMMs I can use in a SimmSaver. The case for the

Novell server is dusty but good. I’m going to send that one to deep storage,

and the motherboard into the trash. It’s a 386/40, so why should I keep that

when I have 486 and Pentium boards sitting around. The CD and HD for that system

will come out of F4 or Frankenstein 4. The machine looks like hell, but the

parts are good, and they will be extra good in Maggie. I need to see how much

memory is in there too. Maggie’s old Gateway case is well built and quite possibly

the nicest case I’ve ever dealt with. It has two fans with a space for one more

that might go in tonight. It is an AT case, so it’s time is limited, but as

long as there is a useable AT motherboard out there she will be used.