As mentioned before the computer is up and running. I’ve purchased a black floppy disk drive and a black Lite-On 52x CD burner. Two things a computer just can’t live without. Those are the last two orders from Tiger Direct I swear it!
It took me roughly two hours to get the computer together. I borrowed a lot of parts from the old DELL I was running with. Word to the wise, if your borrowing parts from a DELL keep the power tools handy, it took me almost an hour just to tear into the case and get all the parts I needed from it.
The build got off to a bad start actually. The motherboard comes with a template for the rear panel, and the case also comes with a template for the rear panel. I did not know how to remove the old template and get the new one in. Luckily I removed it with brute force without damaging my new case. After that it took me two times to figure out how to properly screw the motherboard to the new case. This is my first build from scratch so I guess a lot of the “dumb basics” of it are still missing from me :-/ ! After that it came together fairly well. I installed the ram and the graphics card without trouble. It was only then I realized I would have to take the motherboard back out to install the new Mascool heat sink I bought for the Athlon 64 processor. After taking the motherboard back out, a third time, and installing the heat sink and processor, I finally put everything together for the final time. Final time so far anyway. After getting everything successfully put together I downloaded Kubuntu (the 64-bit edition) and burned it to a CD. Its nice only having to burn one CD for Kubuntu as opposed to the 2 for Slackware. So far I really like Kubuntu. Its clean, simple, friendly, and defiantly worth a look. Slackware is still an excellent operating system though, I would still recommend it for sure.
Booting the computer for the first time brings up the BOIS screen, I fumbled through it but didn’t do anything. I tried several times to update the BOIS to the new version, but I can’t figure out how. I think I’ll post on LinuxQuestions.org to see if I can get some help with this. The CD autoplays in Windows, but something tells me Linux won’t be quite so simple. I finally had to reset the jumpers to figure out how to get back into the BOIS, you have to press DEL as opposed to F2 or F10 like I’m used to. Petty stuff like that is to be expected.
Finally all of the hardware I have up and running so far is 100% compatible. I, after one day of use, have had no problems with it. On the other hand though, I don’t have the Nvidia graphics card installed with the right drives from Nvidia, and I somehow managed to disable my ethernet card during the install and now the settings menu won’t let me enable it. Other than that, software wise, I have had no problems! Install was a breeze.