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OK, so I finally fixed that other computer and handed it back to the owner, so thats one less thing I have to worry about. Ahhh sanity returns!
There are times when I really hate ‘techie’ stuff, and trying to get around that password protected BIOS was beyond me. My first thought was to remove the battery from the motherboard and leave it powered down for a while to get a reset. This was futile as there was no battery on the board, the memory was being held by the RTC chip which had its own battery built into the chip. A potential solution was to replace this chip, removing and reinstalling didn’t do anything.
I downloaded a BIOS update from Gigabyte with the intention to flash the BIOS, but as I couldn’t verify the boot order of the machine, I was unable to do that [?]
A friend from IRC pointed me in the direction of this program, but after downloading it, I was reluctant to use it.
From what I can see it was built on (or maybe is) the killcmos virus. The last thing I need is a cure that is worse than the kill.
On Monday I spoke to B, and he said that the company who did the last upgrade went out of business and so he couldn’t get the password, but he did say to me that I could do an upgrade on the machine.
So that’s what I did.
I love shopping for computer parts… Even better when someone else is paying!
There is this annoying set of lights in the city that are just always red for me, no matter which way I attack the intersection.
Generally, I hit this intersection (Roe Street and Beaufort Street) heading west. Doing this means I have to wait for the priority traffic, being the traffic heading north up the one way (Beaufort) street. Then I have to wait for the pedestrian phase, followed by the easterly traffic that has a right hand turn (leading into a single lane going counter the rest of the traffic on the one way street)
Finally the west bound traffic gets a short turn before the cycle starts over again
Now I can understand why I get caught trying to get through this intersection from the east, after all, in a 3 or 4 minute cycle that direction only gets about 20 or 30 seconds of green…
So why, oh why, do I always get the red light when I am heading north! Map