New PC saga continues: it boots, it runs, it's fast and pretty! It's also very loud, so apparently I get to change the CPU fan/cooler on Friday. Joy.
Sure, some parts are obvious, and even I know how to install the memory, but other parts are less intuitive or just more dicey, and the instructions had a granularity of "Put in memory, CPU, video card, then connect everything, congrats, you're done!"
@rixx seems like one of those cases where the manufacturers just say to themselves "they'll figure it out from Youtube"
@rixx Yep, sounds typical.
I remember the first time putting memory in, had to use way more force then expected (they changed that, no force required :).
Computer manuals, as far you get them, are made for people who know already, they're more technical details that are different between systems.
For proper manuals you need to look at community made stuff(like howto videos or so), not from manufacturers.
component manufacturers haven't cared about end-user documentation for 20 years or so.
@wmd Yeah, I know. It's an accessibility nightmare and it annoys me a lot.
@rixx Poor documentation is I think one of the bigger problems in IT-infra. But I also wouldn't rely on companies for that anyway.
But good job and good luck getting it all to work!
@xpac @wmd @rixx That annoys me every time and I have to look up and research stuff to not accidently break someting.
However the good side of assembling stuff yourself is that it lasts quite long. AFAIK _every_ computer I assembled is still running and doing something useful. Even when only used as "intelligent typewriter" 😉
@dwardoric @wmd @rixx to be fair, a lot of the complicated stuff has gone now and a lot of it is actually "just connect things", no more jumpers to set, IRQ to consider when picking a card slot (actually, almost no more cards besides graphics), no more master/slave logic on hard drives/CD, dual BIOS to avoid breaking on upgrade... nevertheless I killed a mainboard while mounting the CPU fan because it needed extreme force to attach it...
@xpac @dwardoric @wmd Yeah, for sure! It's pretty easy considering the outcome, but that does not mean it's easy, especially if you've never done it before. My mainboard manual failed to mention even things like CPU orientation. Sure, you can argue that "look for the arrows and align them" is common sense, but oof.
@rixx I've build quite a few desktop PCs over the year, but I still never know which way around I should install the power supply.
Documentation for this is indeed shitty x(
@rixx The most infuriating thing is, they (Gigabyte) didn't even bother with a separate manual for the CPU socket. It's just "For Intel:"/"For AMD" and "Type A"/"Type B", so you're just staring at the pictograms and guessing. They did not even MENTION the CPU socket alignment corner triangle thingy! I just got out the manual of my (admittedly twice as expensive) Asus mainboard, and it has over 20 pages installation instruction with a boatton of text and illustrations, specific to the product.
@rash I have inspected the Asus mainboard manual and it is indeed really fucking cool and the thing I would've wanted, so this is maybe just because I'm a cheapskate.
"How to Draw The Tick"
@kurtm Omg this is as good as "draw the rest of the owl"
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