This post is a continuation of a post series where I talk about my experiences with my first computer build, including the things I learned while choosing and installing each part. In Part 1, I talked about the CPU, the CPU fan, the motherboard, and the RAM. Part 2 has the details about the video card, the power supply, the hard drive, and the case.
Part 3 is the end of my journey to build my first computer. By this time, all of the hardware was installed and plugged in, just waiting for me to switch it on. I was eager and nervous do so, silently praying that the whole thing didn’t explode in my face. So with my heart in my throat, I hit the power button.
As I mentioned under the Motherboard section of Part 1, I had missed one of the two power cords that needed to be connected to the motherboard. The motherboard had power, the CPU did not. It’s rather hard to start a computer without a powered CPU, impossible you might say. So…my first attempt was rather anticlimactic but it was a problem that was easily fixed. I don’t believe I’ll ever forget to plug both of those cords in again.
My second attempt to switch the computer on was much better. Fans started whirling, lights began flashing, the boot screen appeared on my monitor…it was magical.
Then the screen stopped on a message that it was unable to find my hard drive.