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Anybody remember hardcards?

05/20/07

  04:56:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 254 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware

Anybody remember hardcards?

Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/438464-REG/Sonnet_THDW_Tempo_HD_PCI_Hard.html

Well, the Tempo HD would be the modern equivalent. I forget what I was searching for when I stumbled upon this. But, when I saw it....I decided it would be the thing to try in my continuing quest to squeeze more life out of my poor P-III 933MHz machine.

I was using a CF card for swap, but it didn't squeeze out the performance gain that I was looking for. And, seems to have decayed as well. Perhaps a 7200RPM internal drive will help things, plus the extra internal storage will be helpful for other things as well.

So, now having a 100GB 7200RPM drive for it, I set out to try it.

:..(

Why sad? Well, the card is a hair too long to fit in the space available. And, working it to fit into the slot that it could be squeezed into didn't work....the machine is strange in card order is important (or maybe it has been so long since I've fiddled inside a PC, that I've forgotten this). So, I went back to the way things were.

But, now the box won't boot. Guess turning it off was a mistake?

Perhaps this is the sign that I should replace the internal drive with a 7200RPM disk (it is an old 5400RPM 120GB drive at present). Might be easier since I'm going to try to recover the machine from last backup. But, off to try restoring to the old 5400RPM disk....while I wait for the new 7200RPM drive to materialize.

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