I have a confession to make……… I am a nerd, a computer geek.
As one of the American founding fathers once said ” there never was a good knife made of bad steel”, so I feel about slow computers and internet connectivity.
Editing the bigger files of my new camera was causing my old computer to hesitate when manipulating images especially RAW files.
So I decided to build a new one but which way to go ? Intel or AMD.
Intel traditionally are faster but expensive where AMD are slower but half the price.
Delving into the murky waters of on-line geekdom I discovered that AMD had finally pulled even with Intel performance wise and they still retained a price advantage albeit only slightly.
They gave parity and saved several hundred pounds in price, awesome.
Armed with my new-found knowledge I ordered the bits, an AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU, new memory, new S.S.D, an Nvidia GTX1080Ti video card and the painfully expensive Asus motherboard.
I also decided to get a new case, Windows 10 pro and a power supply while I was at it.
One day later all these boxes arrived, I was like a child on Christmas morning.
Several hours later I had it built, I triple checked the connections and got ready to load my shiny new copy of Windows; I flipped the switches.
Wouldn’t even get past POST (power on self test), not even the BIOS (basic input output screen) would appear.
More checking on-line and I found that the incredibly expensive memory I had bought was none standard i.e it was overclocked.
Never mind, update the BIOS and all should be well, it wasn’t; still wouldn’t boot.
It was about now that I was starting to panic, had I wasted thousands on junk; even worse, had I broken it somehow and would be unable to return it?
I did what all Brits should do in such circumstances, I made Tea then slept on it.
Prior to disassembly and shipping it back I decided to try one last thing.
Deep in the small printed motherboard manual somewhere it mentioned putting just one stick of memory in slot D1, totally counter intuitive but it should maximise memory compatibility or so it said.
I gave it a shot not thinking it had any hope of working.
A lot of beeps later it booted to the BIOS screen, I was elated.
I then proceeded to test each stick of memory in turn in slot D1, they all worked.
I then tested each of the eight slots in turn, they worked, puzzling.
I then loaded each one with a stick of memory building up to all four sticks, it worked!
I still have no idea why it worked after all this messing around but it does.
Windows loaded easily and I spent another day or two taking my software and passwords from my old computer to my new one.
This whole stressful build reminded me of the old saying ” Computers are like old testament Gods, all rules and no forgiveness”.