Been a grumpy old man; last night after navy duty I decided to mess around with one of my computers; the ITX build that is supposed to be my Linux PC but currently also function as my Windows PC as I am kind og lacking the funds for the build I wand to do (purely astetics).
Two main issues with this; firstly it is build in a case with a few proprietary cables and pinouts, and mainly the front panel board uses a floppy-style connector which is different wired thus require the original power supply unit, else USB 2, LED and switches wont work, this I had originally made a workaround for as I had taken what I had (a broken Intel fan, stripped one guard from the PWM-socket, and soldered the cables to a power extender cable to avoid risking anything with the motherboard socket or the current PSU) and then USB 2 worked (without the cable it simply always said "overcurrent - system will shutdown in 15 seconds") - one day it started failing again: the connector snapped during transport. I've soldered it back on but the computer won't turn on with it attached. Here is the funny thing: somehow the front panel works fine now (not Power LED - but that may be a faulty board or a wrong pinout due to proprietary/motherboard missmatch) - I can boot even with something in the USB 2 ports (USB 3 always worked, and power switch worked fine too because that was swapped (badly) by previous owner due to some fault). I still have to figure out how to get the power working for the board - but maybe in the end I don't really care and just leave it as it is.
Now the real issue is that my MSI GeForce GTX 1650 D6 AERO ITX OCV1 (short and precise!) suddenly is not recognized by the computer - at all! Not in Windows and not in post. If I used the HDMI cable in the MSI H110I PRO motherboard I can post and loginto Windows where the GTX 1650 is not even shown on devices. The fan do spin up, and I read that a lot of other users of various cards have this issue too.
So apart from having to tinker some stupid cable, I also need to mess around with a "lost" graphics card...
I have a little project PC so I might try to plug it into my Gigabyte B450M DS3H which I still have no idea what to use for at the moment. This is currently housing a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 OC 4G - so more or less same card just a full size and more power hungry. But first I will try to install some Windows updates (I haven't had that computer on for a few months until a few days ago when I then discovered this), and if that is not enough, I will see if I need to update the UEFI BIOS.
Nvidia drivers can't be updates as there is no card installed (according to the driver software and GeForce Expirence) - so let's see what will happen... I kinda enjoyed my little ITX build so I would be a bit pissed if I need to get a new graphics card since it was working absolutely perfectly last time I used it 2½ months ago.
This have postponed my button box project a little bit; I dismantled my Saitek Cyborg Evo to reporpose the boards to make a button box: The stick had gotten very sticky in it's movement and had no precision left, one key cap had fallen off and it had that sticky feeling. I have bought a cheap but very well preserved Mad Cats Cyborg v.1 - it's older but works really smoothly, so until I finally can get my hands (on the money to get my hands on) a Warthog flight stick, I will use the Cyborg v.1 - and why waste perfectly good switches on e-waste when I could much rather use them in a small box on my desk for flight simulators and a dashboard panel for Euro Truck Simulator 2? Although I usually change the keyboard layout a bit when playing ETS2/ATS so Q and E are my left and right turn indicators, a little panel with a real car engine button and some switches would make it a real treat - especally if I can find a wheel that I like, then it will be a blast to haul some goods! If I manage to also make an exchangable mask for the box then I can easily have a fixed setup for flight sims so so all buttons are the same location because the box says so with pictograms, and one for driving simulators - because the buttons says so. And an "Engine Start" can be used both on a plane/helo and a car/truck/tractor!
Still need to figure out what to do with the potentiometers...
Trigger will probably by rewired to my Engine switch, and the hat switch will be kept as it is and moved into the box and being used as dedicated cruise control in ETS2/ATS - Up/Down are Reset/Set and Left/Right -/+ like on my Camry (makes it easy for me to remember).
But first the tiny dragon, then I can start my puzzle - and my Deskpro, and my Gigabyte B450M DS3H, and my weird old Asus, and my Intel-project, and my old laptop project... and so far.
So many computers, so little time...