Digging at the guts

You might recall that the computer which powered the Z-Cam is down and out.

I ordered an gizmo which allows you to connect a hard disk drive to a USB port.  This is a SATA/PATA/IDE Drive to USB 2.0 Adapter Converter Cable for 2.5 / 3.5 / 5.25 Inch Hard Drive / Optical Drive with External AC Power Adapter.  What a remarkably handy gizmo.  If you don’t need one at this moment, you probably will.

Fortified by a lunch of Gui Zhou Chicken hot enough to rouse the dead, I figured out the gizmo and plugged it in. .


I am now transferring stuff from the disk.  I have just left it in the old computer for the time being.


The Z-Cam.  What to do….   I knew things were going too smoothly for too long and Zuhlsdorf’s Law had to kick in.  What to do…?

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  1. lgreen515 says:

    I am very impressed with your technical know-how.

  2. Necessitas est mater discendi.

  3. cregduff says:

    Those adapters are great!

  4. introibo says:

    Glad it worked…that gadget has saved me a couple of headaches….(and has also saved the price of dragging it to the Geeksquad folks)

  5. wanda says:

    Save the Z Cam!

  6. dirtycopper says:

    Z CAm Z CAm Z CAm [everyone join in!} Z Cam Z Cam…..

  7. I am glad that a FEW people like the ZCam. Shall I put in the effort?

  8. vellemere says:

    Yes, please do.

  9. wanda says:

    Yesss. Save the Z Cam, for the love of the little birdz, save the Z Cam. Z Cam, Z Cam, Z Ca…ok, I’ll stop now.

  10. Tiber89 says:

    Fr. The Z Cam is an inspiration! Please continue if you are willing and able :)

  11. benedetta says:

    Hope to see/hear Z Cam & Radio Sabina again one day…

  12. s i says:

    Zcam Zcam Zcam!
    Zcam Zcam Zcam!
    Zcam Zcam Zcam!
    Zcam Zcam Zcam!

    shall I go on? or do you get the message? ;-p

  13. eiggam says:

    The last Seagate Free agent external drive had a sata cable that came with it. I hope the bugs get out of the computer so the birdies can eat them.

  14. EWTN Rocks says:

    Glad you found a way to preserve the Zcam – your bird pictures are spectacular. Good night Father!

  15. kplus says:

    Yes, please! Both to Radio Sabina and Z-Cam.

    I miss praying the Rosary with you, Father, also the great music.

  16. friarpark says:

    “I am glad that a FEW people like the ZCam. Shall I put in the effort?”

    Yes please. God bless you Fr.Z

  17. Christopher says:

    Father, I’ve had a problem once when the system wouldn’t post anything. I managed to fix it by removing everything and gradually reimplementing everything.

    The key culprits tend to be:
    * The Memory Cards.
    * The Motherboard.
    * The CPU.

    * Try a bare-bones approach: limiting the connections to the PC to a minimum and see if it starts. No keyboards, mice, harddrives, network cards, just the basic CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Video Card (only necessary to see if there is a visual output) and starting the system with only these in place.

    * Try and start up the system without the RAM, it may hopefully beep continuously. If it the system does so, then the Motherboard is fine. Try and place the memory card into a different slot.

    * Sometimes reseating the CPU will work, however be careful. A tube of thermopaste will be necessary between the CPU and the Heatsink so that the heat can transfer properly. Without it, the CPU will most likely fry.

    * Sometimes the resetting the CMOS will be helpful, the little battery on the motherboard. Removing it and waiting about 10 seconds will reset it. (This resets the bios to its default)

    * There is also a jumper on the motherboard, which should be reset once hardware like the CPU has been fitted.

    Each system is different, so it’s hard to pinpoint, but gradually building up from the basics will help.

    Hope this helps Father,

    Good luck and God Bless.

  18. RichardT says:

    Don’t forget that if you do ditch the computer, you can take out the hard drive and use your new gizmo to turn it into a handy external back-up disc.

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