|This is a laugh-at-justin's-big-waste-of-effort story. :\
No, I didn't forget the root password again :p
So I finally install and run the Nero that came with my dvr-105 and it doesn't detect the damn drive... shit. I deinstall it and install the warezed version I was using before. Still no luck. "Must be that damn win2k service pack 3," I say! I go to uninstall the service pack. It's not available for uninstalling. I guess I forgot to check the box for the uninstallability before. OK, fine, I just installed this crap, I can reinstall with little pain, so I reboot into the win2k cd. Delete the old 2k partition (was named F: so it'd be out of the way) and make a new one. The new one names itself C: and screws up my whole order! Now how come the last partition on the drive named itself C:??? Anyway, I grumble, "I'll install like this just see if it was the SP3 and then fix the drive letter using my old box," so I do so. Now that windows is installed, I install Nero. No detecty dvd-ry. I frustratedly play with the sliding drive thinghy and detach the dvd-r from the system while it's running. Windows whined a little, so I shut down, open the case, and reinstall the dvd-r. Then for some reason, my usb ports stop working, so I can't use my mouse. I cry some and turn the computer and power supply off. Turn them on again with everything plugged in and the mouse now works. Haven't installed the video card drivers, so my screen is 640x480 in 256 glorious colors. Browsing the web requires that I install the nforce MB drivers so the ethernet port will be recognized. another reboot and I can browse the interweb straight to nero's site where I download a diagnostic utility which easily finds my drive (and says it reads dvd+rw??), so I wonder why nero can't see it, so I go to the nero updates page and notice that my version is 5.5.8~ and the newest version is 5.5.10~, so I download the update and install it and it can now see my drive. great. So why did my nice OEM send me a version of Nero that didn't work with my drive? That sucker was OLD. I've had a warez version for like a year or more and it was one sub-sub-version NEWER than the one from the store. Owel, I think I'll have to install the warez version again and upgrade it since my oem version doesn't have DVD templates!
So tomorrow, I just have to yank the HD out of the case (hooray for removable bays), hook it up to the old computer, delete and remake that partition so it'll be F:, reinstall the HD, and reinstall windows. Luckily, I hadn't installed much yet, so I still have a huge amount of that stuff to do.
It's still only day 2... maybe Matt should keep working on his PGA day for monday :)