-Cleaning: The power supply is caked full of dust, the heatsink on the processor is caked full of dust, the space between the MB and case is packed full of junk. What should I use to clean it? Tools I have at my disposal include: shop vac/blower, air compressor, can of compressed air (which does nothing), and other various ideas. I would love to blast it out with the blower side of the shop vac, but was concerned about the moving air creating a static charge. Should I disassemble it all or just pull a few things out to get in the nooks and crannies?
-During this "rebuild" I want to add a second IDE HD. I tried this before and never got anywhere. I tried using jumpers to assign slave and master, even tried cable select, but no matter what I did, if both were plugged in the Bios couldn't find either one. I read the book that came with the MB and it was vague, saying that it might or might not work, try it on the second channel, consult HD manufacturer... very unhelpful to a guy like me. All I know is that I have a few ribbons in there already. There is a ribbon from the HD to the #1 IDE, a ribbon from the DVD to the #2 IDE, and a floppy ribbon from the floppy to the "floppy" input. All of the ribbons (except the floppy) have a total of three connectors; two on the component end and one on the board end. Hooking up multiple IDE drives hasn't worked so far. This MB and power supply is SATA ready, can I add a SATA drive and keep the original IDE as well, or is it not possible to mix formats on the same board? I just need a general walk-through on how to hook up multiple drives.
-Also during this rebuild I would like to jump up to 4g memory since I do some video and audio editing. How important is it to match all four DIMMs? Should they be the same brand, or just the same speed/configuration?
-This MB also has a RAID controller. How would I go about hooking up that, and would it be any benefit?
-I would also like some opinions on some software that will let me assign a drive (or partition) to automatically back up certain things. I'm not a big fan of partitions. I am a big fan of open source freeware
Edited by curtis73, 27 April 2009 - 11:12 PM.