and now it works again... what is going on with this computer i have no clue... possible demonic possession? but you may ask, why does it work again? i don't know. all i do know is that the one thing different: my terrible wiring for my control panel isn't connected. actual reason, or mere coincidence? also i lied about those hotswap bays. it turns out there was something useful for this project after all. they have one of those key switches on them. since i only wanted one of them in the first place, i had no problem tearing the thing out of it and sticking it in my control panel as a new reset switch (which dosen't work). then i found out these hotswap bays go for like $170... which makes me really wonder why i got them free. so i keep wasting time doing other random things instead of anything useful. perhaps once i get these panel pieces back from the metal guy it will get me motivated again?