Built my computer!!

Remember my pcpartpicker build post? Here’s what I ultimately ended up purchasing: complete build. I collected parts for a long time. Finally, I had a long weekend at home in mid September so I used that as a good opportunity to start the build. I’m glad I gave myself a whole weekend because it took me longer than I expected to finish. The first evening I stripped the old case. I did my best to wipe the dust out of the fans and even removed the screen covers and washed those under water. I had to let it all dry overnight so that was the end of that day. The next morning I started putting the new components into the box. Of course it started with the CPU onto the motherboard, then installing the power supply and connecting it to the motherboard. The hardest parts were finding where all the fans connected to the board and fitting the cpu. The cpu screws would push the backing plate off the motherboard.
The next morning I applied power and tried to get POST. Couldn’t even get power! After scratching my head I realized that the power supply is upside down. Down turns it on. I’m usually a visual learner so I’m surprised that the symbols didn’t clue me in but they did not that morning. Once I got power and  post started it would show one pass light. The CPU was showing as failed! Out the motherboard came while I scratched my head some more. Finally after searching online I discovered that this mother board has a separate power cable just for the CPU. It was labeled ATX_12V. How was I supposed to know that was the CPU power? Getting the CPU on the second time was just as tough as the first but I think I’m a pro now.
The next failed Post was VGA. Thank goodness for Facebook friends because after a cry for help on there I was informed that not all CPUs support on-board graphics and that I needed a video card. Fortunately I have one. I just hadn’t installed it yet because I wanted to keep my variables manageable. In that went and voila! POST and BIOS!!!. That again was a full day of effort and my weekend was over.
I spent the next few evenings exploring BIOS options and playing with the led light options on the motherboard and CPU. All this fun and I hadn’t even installed an OS. I will need to write about that next!

How to restore access to WordPress on home network

Recently we switched ISPs at home. I set up port forwarding on the new modem, told dotster what public IP I was then using, and that was it. Everything worked. That is, everything except my own laptop. Pinging the URL timed out consistently. The local IP worked fine so I could access my website locally but most of the WordPress theme components used the fully qualified domain name. The blog, without theme components was so difficult to navigate it was less of a hassle to actually go to my neighbors’ to work on my page.
I tried searching for fixes but was unsuccessful. Well, as usually is the case, looking at it again fresh today did the trick. I found these directions at boutell.com to simply update the hosts file on my laptop. It is fascinating how similar Windows and Linux are for these components. I never knew windows has an etc directory.
There is a risk I will need to manually disable the alpinedaisy.com line in my hosts file if I try to access the page from this laptop while on another network. That is worth it though.
Boutell did a fantastic job of explaining how and why the original problem occurred so I will just summarize what i changed. In the file C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts I added the line:    alpinedaisy.com   # raspberry pi
Where is my local network ip address. Then I restarted. That was it. Now my computer knows that whenever a call for alpinedaisy.com comes up it will instead call and stay on the local network.

Which bootable media creator to use in which case

Boot-able media manipulation has taken me a while to wrap my brain around. Here are the tools I find that work best for each task, outlined for your (and my) aid.
To put ISO on a CD/DVD use: ImgBurn
To put IMG On a CD/DVD use: ImgBurn
To put ISO on a Flash/USB/MicroSD: Rufus or Win32 Disk Imager
To put IMG on a Flash/USB/MicroSD: Win32 Disk Imager or Rufus
To take IMG off of CD/DVD Media use: ImgBurn
Here are the tools:
Win32 Disk Imager: This is a free, easy to use, program. It is designed to make img application a one button process. It also applies iso images but it is not my preferred program for those (see Rufus below).
Rufus: Open source program that lets me have more control over device settings. The most helpful choice is the partition scheme. I often want to force UEFI booting so I choose one of the options that is for UEFI only. It also comes ready loaded to create FreeDOS media. The final nice feature is what I will call “smart Unix media creation”. It has caught a few errors on my Unix distro media and fixed the errors on the fly.
ImgBurn: Free program to turn a DVD or CD into an img or iso, and visa-versa. Be sure to do a File-Hash check on the downloaded executable before running.
I hope this helps you.