Just once I want to be able to buy a custom-part selected computer and have it work when I plug it in for the first time.
Computer for the MAME box arrived last night — a day late due to “issues” according to the store. And when I turned it on, nothing happened. Turned out the power supply was faulty. Took it back, fixed it that night, brought it home (with the trackball they forgot to include that I had already paid for, dammit). Plug it in, power it on, go to install Win98… the installer crashes 2 minutes in every time. Take it back to the store this morning, make THEM install win98, bring it home… and guess what? The trackball was made for Windows 3.11 and has an ISA add-on card which my system doesn’t even SUPPORT.
There is a hell, and thy name is computer hardware sales. Excuse me while I hate my life. More to come once I actually plug the mother(BEEP)er in and see what breaks fatally next.
Update: Everything on the new computer is more or less working… but when I accessed the CD-ROM drive it crashed hard and mauled my network adapter installation. I’ve hacked it to a working state and am transferring files between my comptuers now, thankfully, and I don’t really NEED CD access yet. I think I’ll have Josh poke at it and repair it later. Shoulda just had him built this thing for me in the first place!
Update #2: Okay… after a LOT of wrangling the joysticks now work with MAME, and the frontend now works with both. Bonus! I can now turn the computer on, pick games with the joysticks, and even shut down with the touch of a button. I’m almost there! Haven’t touched the CD yet, though… I’m working on a MAME page, since they’re trendy, I’ll post the URL soon. Thank you for putting up with my game obsession instead of me writing. :)