Day 321: Meet Leeloo!

Thanks so much for waiting so patiently for this post! The past 2 weeks have flown by, but I do have something to show for it. Meet Leeloo!

She’s my new super-fast (to me) computer that I plan to use for creating/editing images and such. And I assembled her with my very own hands!

 

Day 321: Leeloo is complete!
Day 321: Leeloo is complete! (Oh, look! A horizontal surface!)

And of course, here are a few “in progress” shots of the build (as usual, click on the image to see a MUCH larger view – sorry for the image sizes: I haven’t loaded any image editing software yet):

Day 321: the (almost) empty case
Day 321: the (almost) empty case

I had just installed the power supply in an otherwise empty case. Getting the sides off was its own adventure.

Day 321: The Motherboard (with memory sticks installed)
Day 321: The Motherboard (with memory sticks installed)

I was surprised at how easy it was to install the memory into the motherboard.

Day 321: The Motherboard goes into the case!
Day 321: The Motherboard goes into the case!

Between bad lighting and being excited at having gotten this far, this photo didn’t turn out very well. But you get the point, yes?

Day 321: Getting closer...
Day 321: Getting closer…

Plugging stuff in. That little “white” rectangle (it’s really silver metal) in front is the SSD drive, which makes Leeloo so zoomy. You can just make out the 2TB HHD in the bottom of the case on the right inside the slot.

Day 321: Almost there...
Day 321: Almost there…

And now the Blu-Ray drive is installed in the upper rack. Just about ready to plug her inĀ and put the cover on.

Day 321: Leeloo is running!
Day 321: Leeloo is running!

The moment of truth…. SUCCESS!!! At least, she was running. After some quick testing, I discovered that not all was working properly, so I had to open the case back up and do some more work to get her working properly. A couple of times.

It also took me a while to figure out why Windows didn’t recognize my HHD. It was plugged in properly, and the BIOS saw it. Then I got some (more) advice from my own personal geek army, and thanks to them, I got the drive properly installed and functioning.

Day 321: Leeloo at work
Day 321: Leeloo at work – still need to sort out that mess of cords back there

I must admit, while it was my hands doing the work, it was in large part to my personal geek army that Leeloo is actually working. A shout-out and huge thanks to go Jimmy, Brad, James and David for all their helpful advice.

I’m sure I’ll be tweaking and adding to her for a while yet, what with all sorts of software yet to load, and trying to get my files from the old iMac copied over, but for now, I’m very satisfied with this accomplishment. Now I have to get used to working in Windows 8. Don’t even have this version at work yet!

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  1. erlebud
    November 22

    WELL DONE, DAUGHTER #1! AND WHO WAS IT BACK IN THE LAST CENTURY WHO SAID THAT THEY HAD NO INTEREST IN LEARNING ABOUT COMPUTERS???HUH? WHO WAS IT?
    NOW, YOU GOTTA LEARN TO PROGRAM IN C, C+ AND/OR C# TO USE ALL THE CAPABILITIES AND TO USE LINUX TO DEVELOP WIONDOWS-LIKE PROGRAMS! UBUNTU HAS OVER 30,000 PROGRAMS AND APPLICATIONS THAT DO THE SAME AS WINDOWS WITHOUT FEAR OF CORRUPTION!
    TRY IT, YOU WILL LIKE IT. GOTTA TAKE YOU TO THE CALUG MEETING (COLUMBIA AREA LINUX USERS GROUP DOWN NEAR LAUREL, USUALLY THE SECOND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH. LOOK FOR CALUG WEBSITE!
    PAPPASAN!

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