QUOTE(ILLusions0fGrander @ Dec 11 2008, 07:10 PM)
what kind of machine only has one IDE controller?
An Acer Aspire (definately not something I'd aspire to if I built computers) I bought it on black friday last year for $250 (The stupid monitor it came with is probably worth that much)
There are only 2 RAM ports and it came with a 250watt powersource and it only has 2 sata ports. It definately wasn't built with upgrading in mind.
I'd bet the guys at the factory probably figured they could cut costs by making it with a non-functional ide port because they figured nobody would bother upgrading their lousy system anyway.
I'll bet whoever it was is out there laughing at me right now.
Despite all that, I've turned it into a decent system
3.00Ghz PD dual core processor (came with the computer)
2GB OCZ RAM (tigerdirect)
500watt power source (tiger)
160GB hdd (came with system)
since the new LG dvd drive decided to be a gay pirate hooker, I have the original dvd drive hooked up and the 1TB hitachi disconected
Don't worry about the drive. It has a 30 day return policy for refund or store credit (doesn't matter, I'll buy an sata controller from them).
Unless anyone can offer any other suggstions.
Actually i just got a message from windows saying it wants to install Vista service pack 1 (it said something about supporting new hadware, so maybe it will work)