What is Operation Underpowered? It's a top=secret, highly-classified and not commonly known operation to attempt something which could be refereed to as underpowered.
The computer my friend gave me is great, but had two problems. First, no hard drive. This was not really a problem since I can just stick mine in there. But that brings problem two: power supply. Somehow she had no plugs for a SATA drive. This only confirms my belief that she is crazy.
Originally I was going to put both the new and old power supplies in. This would have been Operation Overpowered. But it fell apart in the planning stages when it was found that one of them wouldn't even turn on, due to not being plugged into the motherboard.
A simple swap of power supplies was out of the question. For some reason, Dell uses a monstrously over-sized power supply that does not even come close to fitting. But a complex swap still had potential. So I did what anyone else would do: created a hideous abomination.
The PSU is now stationed in the front of the case, taking up all of the spaces for DVD or CD drives. It's not really attached. By which I mean not at all attached. The way the cords are twisted causes it to slightly fall into the case. Fortunately the external power cord fixes this, since it has to be run through the front of the case to get to the PSU, where it acts as a counterweight and tension in the other direction. You might have figured out that this also means it is facing in the opposite direction as usual.
There aren't enough molex (the 4-pin things that my friend told me not to call 4-pin because that's something else) connectors to fit a DVD drive, not that one would fit anyway.
Windows decided it did not like this. Specifically, it decided that I was probably some sort of terrible pirate. After a total of four tries at activation it decided that I had indeed legally acquired my copy of Windows. But that didn't mean it was going to just talk to my new motherboard like they'd met before. So then came driver time. I'd done this before with no problems: looking up drivers on the nearby Mac, downloading them to a USB drive, and copying them over. That didn't work. Somehow the majority of them ended up corrupted and then DOS decided to join the whinefest with complaints about programs being too big for the memory. My other friend (yes, I have just indirectly counted my friends as 1 and 2 and stopped at that point) suggested that it was something to do with downloading. Normally I'd call him a socialist for even suggesting such a thing (I also say this for good morning and hello), but I was trying to make my computer be less fail.
So I unplugged everything and stuck the hard drive back in my old case, at which point it decided it no longer wanted to be referred to as boot drive, since that was apparently offensive. A bit more convincing and by convincing I mean randomly renabling nonexistent SATA drives, which it whined about, and I'd managed to get it to start and function just like normal. At which point Windows decided to complain again, which at least this time I could say "ask me later" and it didn't respond with "okay" followed by a log out. I used my now-functioning computer to download the drivers and unpack them. Switch everything back to the new, install them, and finally, a working computer. XP even recognizes the majority of the new RAM. Pretty awesome, right?
Here's the picture of the abomination.
P.S. I guess I never explained the name. My old Dell PSU is only 350 watts while the newer one is 500, so I'd also been briefly worried that it wasn't enough. But guessing at the specs for a power supply calculator, it said I had plenty. So I ignored that and figured a few flames and smoke could be ignored if it came to that.