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My original power supply had a 4-pin square connector, like this, that fit into a 4-pin receptor on the motherboard. Apparently it’s called an ATX-12V connector:

My new power supply didn’t have one of those, so when I tried to power on the computer it didn’t POST. No video at all.

I thought that my motherboard was too old, so went searching around for an adapter. The 2 computer stores I went to were both confused that my brand-new power supply didn’t have one of those. Uh-oh, I thought…have I missed something?

Yep. There was an 8-pin connector coming right off the PSU and I wondered what it was for (thought it was for newer boards) and it looked like this:

Except mine could be split into two 4-pin connectors, one of which fit nicely into the ATX-12V port on my motherboard. I’m up and running!

Next up:  the new video card!


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Ganked from Toren:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mQJYte4T2Q


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Not that I get any telemarketers calling my cell, but I’m sure there are people I know who get those damn calls.


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On Saturday Lara and I went looking for an HHR to test drive, or a Vibe.  The GM salesperson told us that they didn’t have any HHRs and we wouldn’t find a Vibe anywhere in BC since the next year’s model is coming out.

We went across the street and took a Dodge Caliber out for a drive.  Nice, but bulky.  Lots of room, and a beverage cooler just above the glove compartment! The salesperson asked if we could meet his manager otherwise he’d “get in trouble”, so we went in.  He then started to price us out on one, but I was curious to see how much it would come to since the Caliber was the least expensive on my list.  After a half-hour of him quoting too-high numbers regarding the overstock of Calibers he had on hand with too many options I stood up, pointed at the Caliber for $277/month sticker that was on his window and said, “that, plus air conditioning and automatic.”  Another 15 minutes and we had $325/month after taxes (I wanted no more than $300).  Tired and hungry, we thanked them and left.

The next day we went to another Pontiac dealer closer to Lara’s place on a lark and found that they had a couple Vibes on hand.  We took one out, liked it (sporty and easy to park), and within 2 minutes of returning he had a quote in front of me that was $50 less per month than the Caliber, which is the less expensive vehicle, especially when you consider the Caliber quote was for $2,000 down and the Vibe just $1,000! Dodge, you have been completely outclassed…for shame!

I’ll be picking up my new Vibe tomorrow after work! Vroom!


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I went and test drove a Mazda 5. It has all the amenities of a minivan but drives like a large car. Very roomy and peppy.

The only drawbacks are that it’s the most expensive of the remaining vehicles on my list, the mileage is worst for highway and second-worst for city, and the engine is a bit loud…the latter two things part of the whole “zoom zoom” image Mazda is trying to project. It is a peppy vehicle, and I liked the rain-sensing wipers, but…not enough.

Company Model Base Price Config. Price Monthly City Mileage Hwy Mileage Perks
Chevrolet HHR $19,855.00 $23,605.00 $346.00 10.4 L/100 km 6.8 L/100 km Side airbags, iPod control
Dodge Caliber $16,245.00 $17,895.00 $277.00 8.5 L/100 km 6.8 L/100 km Beverage cooler, luminescent drink holders
Kia Spectra5 LX Convenience $19,895.00 $21,350.00 $281.14 8.6 L/100 km 6.2 L/100 km
Mazda 5 $20,795.00 $23,184.95 $362.44 9.6 L/100 km 7.1 L/100 km 6 seats, rain-sensing wipers, sliding doors
Pontiac Vibe $19,210.00 $23,440.00 $302.00 8.2 L/100 km 6.3 L/100 km
Saturn Astra $17,900.00 $21,700.00 $293.00 8.5 L/100 km 6.4 L/100 km 6 airbags, rain-sensing wipers, 1 year OnStar

I also dropped by Saturn in Langley on Sunday and…found it closed. No sale for you! I still want to test drive the Astra so I’ll be going to the Richmond Saturn, which is open on Sundays.


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So after a bit of investigation, here’s where we stand (sorry for the formatting problem, but WordPress doesn’t have many HTML options for font size):

Company Model Base Price Config. Price Monthly City Mileage Hwy Mileage Perks
Chevrolet HHR $19,855.00 $23,605.00 $346.00 10.4 L/100 km 6.8 L/100 km Side airbags, iPod control
Chrysler PT Cruiser $19,695.00 $23,945.00 $402.00 11.9 L/100 km 8.6 L/100 km  
Dodge Caliber $16,245.00 $17,895.00 $277.00 8.5 L/100 km 6.8 L/100 km Beverage cooler, luminescent drink holders
Kia Spectra5 LX Convenience $19,895.00 $21,350.00 $281.14 8.6 L/100 km 6.2 L/100 km  
Mazda 5 $20,795.00 $23,184.95 $362.44 9.6 L/100 km 7.1 L/100 km 6 seats, rain-sensing wipers, sliding doors  
Pontiac Vibe $19,210.00 $23,440.00 $302.00 8.2 L/100 km 6.3 L/100 km  
Saturn Astra $17,900.00 $21,700.00 $293.00 8.5 L/100 km 6.4 L/100 km 6 airbags, rain-sensing wipers, 1 year OnStar  
Subaru Impreza $21,595.00 $22,814.95 $420.94    
Toyota Matrix XR $20,735.00 $23,004.00 $401.04 8.0 L/100 km 6.0 L/100 km 6 airbags, aux input jack, cruise control

I can’t find any information on the Impreza’s gas consumption, but with the highest monthly cost there’s no point. The Matrix and PT Cruiser are the next highest. I’m surprised about the PT Cruiser’s poor mileage. All 3 go.

Style-wise, I was dithering between the PT Cruiser and HHR; I like those classic lines. Notice that the HHR is now the second-highest priced vehicle remaining on the list and the mileage also isn’t that great? I’ll reserve judgement on it until after a test drive.


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I was able to swap out the jack and switch without too much difficulty.  The lock switch was the hardest part, as you have to unscrew the inner switch from a tiny piece that connects to the metal switch on the outside and try to line it all up…very minute parts!

After I was done I found that the lock switch wasn’t working after I got most of it back together, so instead of unscrewing all that again I did a little jiggery-pokery and it’s all working!

It’s alive! ALIVE!


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So I replaced the damaged screen on my iPod, all by myself! When I hooked it back together it worked great. Then I tried to listen to it…only one earbud worked. So, I pulled it apart again, reset the headphone ribbon back on the mainboard and tried again…no sound. I tried a half-dozen resets, but nothing. Looks like the ribbon got pinched as I closed the iPod back up.

Back to eBay I go, to find a $6 replacement part (+$16 shipping of course)…

Addendum:   And what should arrive in my e-mailbox just now?  An ad for the new 32 GB iPod Touch.  (drool)


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I’ll be bowling for Big Brothers/Big Sisters on Feb. 29 after work. I would appreciate it if any of my friends could donate a little to help.

Thanks!