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April 30th, 2007 (10:34 am)

current mood: busy

Probable culprit just went to the HDD. >.<; Windows booted into a sys check today. (The "sound" I'd heard reminded me of a desktop HD when it's writing out on the edges of the drive but can't get back from there, but since it seemed more where the DVD/CD drive was located I thought it was it instead.) I haven't worn out a drive in years. >.<;

BTW, does anyone know off-hand what the AMD equivalent to the Core 2 duo 2.0 GHZ is? That's where I'm centering (give-or-take a little) my search for the brains of the new system. >.<;



Acer TM4230-6634-XPP
Acer 5630-6368
Asus G1-AK024C



Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: April 30th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)

Er... wish I did... sorry I can't be of further help... >.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 30th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)

*guesses* Umm, maybe the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+...? Or something higher?


Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 1st, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)

Thanks! ^_^

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Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 1st, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)

^^;; It is. It's amazing how quickly you can get lost in all the tech stuffs when looking for a new system. >.<; Thanks for the link! ^_^

Posted by: Vedran Empress (vedranempress)
Posted at: May 1st, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)

A lower-end Core 2 Duo can outperform some of the higher-end Athlon AM2s. That's the reason behind the huge price-drop of AMD. In the end, buying an AMD might not be worth it.

Of course, if you're just going to use it for desktop publishing, it wouldn't really matter which processor you buy. However, if this laptop is the same unit you'll use to encode the videos that you sub, go for a good processor.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 1st, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)

Thanks for the info! ^_^ Yeah, a year ago and it wouldn't have really mattered which processor I went for, but the laptop does do all the video encoding, so the more it can handle the better. ^_^

Posted by: The Hamster Of Death (vampyrichamster)
Posted at: May 1st, 2007 04:27 am (UTC)

To agree with the others here, the equivalent of the Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz is (technically) the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ -- funkily long name. I currently own one, and it's my main PC.

To also agree with what someone else has said, the current Intel Core Duos are faster than their AMD equivalents. It used to be that AMDs were faster, cooler, less power hungry and quieter. Intel has caught up.

As a general rule, Intels are more expensive than AMDs, though Intel has dropped their prices for the Core Duos a fair bit. I've been using AMDs for the last 6 years or so, and have personally found no trouble with them. With regards to Intel Core 2 Duo vs. Athlon X2, it doesn't actually make much difference unless you're planning to run heavy 3D programs like games. In fact, even if you were going to use it for gaming, it wouldn't be horrible -- a 64-bit system is *fast*.

However: a 64-bit system is the least supported of any system currently available. You would have to use a 64-bit OS, like Vista 64-bit. You would have to find drivers for this 64-bit OS, which are frankly miserable. I was in this boat earlier this month with my new rig. Drivers *are* available, but you either have to wait for the manufacturers to make them, troll AMD64 forums hoping someone has modified something you can use or try to mess with the drivers yourself. It's not so bad, if your equipment is all new. Also, lots of programs aren't made for 64-bit systems yet, will only run at half the speed (32-bit), or might refuse to work at all on Vista 64.

But it's fast, you'll be ahead when everything finally catches up in 1 year or 3 (so your PC will last long), and it's fast. It ultimately depends on your budget.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 1st, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)

(Wow, guess confirmed! O.o) The AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ is what my relatively new desktop uses. It runs on Windows XP, and happily hasn't had any processor-related issues. There was no hassle involved with finding drivers. Smooth sailing. */personal testimony* ^_^

Hn. Intel and AMD are neck-and-neck in the business world. I wouldn't say Intel's newest processors are better than AMD's until Intel clears up a few issues. (Besides, if one strictly compares numbers, there's bound to be some, er, 'play' in those. Like in new car advertisements. *cynical*) Anyway, it doesn't matter much, because really, whether ya buy AMD or Intel, you'll be getting a decent product.


Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
Cabana boys

I like my windows XP: I have Media on my desktop-- my dad got XP Pro when he got his new laptop.

Meh, I like the Media player though. Ghost Hunt doesn't come out well on W.M.P. I had a world of problems with watching there-- and don't get me started on why I don't like winamp for watching media-- or iTunes.

It's called advertising, darlin'. The media loves to brag, even if it's not true.

Posted by: The Hamster Of Death (vampyrichamster)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)

Are you using WinXP 32-bit or 64-bit? Windows XP 32-bit will run on a 64-bit system, but it only uses half the processing speed. It's one way to compromise and use old drivers though.

Benchmark tests I've seen still have the Intel Core 2 Duos ahead of their equivalent AMD X2s (though AMD is ahead again with recent developments). I trust AMD a bit more in general -- there's less of a "branding" issue with them, and the pricing shows it. Numbers are playable though, as you've said, depending on the rest of your hardware. Getting a decent amount of memory alongside an okay processor can go a long way.

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)

Can I ask a question or two about Kokumono?

How's the search going?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)

(*grumble* Do not hit return on the log-in before finishing the post... ^^;)

Sure go for it. ^_^

Are you sure you want to ask that? Vista is everywhere, finding XP is difficult and I don't want to buy a second OS when I'm already paying for one in a system. I've been (once again) debating custom building a system but... it's really not worth it if I'll replace the system in a few years again. My timing at looking for a system apparently sucks big time. Not only is there the XP vs Vista thing, there's a new mobile chipset being released next *week* so new systems will likely come out at the same time. I'm not expecting to go after any of those though. ^^; And, to top it all off, the system I'm thinking of is on 3-week back-order. O_O

I'm thinking about hijacking the office computer to compile files on for the next while so I can at least do some subbing. ^^; (Unprofessional? Who me? :P )

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)


If you customize, you can usually choose which system you want. I really don't recommend Vista. Everyone I've talked to about it says its a pain in the arse. My dad sent the other laptop before the alienware back because of Vista. He went with alienware because he could get XP Professional.

Anyhow, I'm curious, the Senior Minister of Finance, Kajin Kou-- is he also part of the Kou clan?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)

Damn, the work computer's monolingual. ^^; Kou Kijin is from the Kou or yellow clan. One of the main hints in this series is the colour of clothing people wear. If they're from one of the noble clans, their clothing will reflect which one. ^_^

Hah! I thought it might be on my website. :P 黄 奇人 You can find basic chara info up to ~ep 20 on my site at:


Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 3rd, 2007 08:21 am (UTC)

(Might I add that if you poll the people around you, you'll find most say they WON'T get Vista...? And if few want it (unless 'everyone has it'), and companies continue putting out software for XP like they are (because few want Vista), then why preemptively go Vista if you can avoid it...? *shrugs*)


Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)

^^;; I almost caved in yesterday into buying a Vista system (the Asus G1 although definitely *not* for the looks; flashing side lights is so *not* me.) :P I have to admit, this is a terrible time to be looking for a laptop with a long future life in mind. I think I'm going to have to rethink my requirements and drop down to a 2-year-ish life expectancy...

...not that my laptops go much beyond 2.5 before being replaced. ^^;

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)

Don't buy a Vista system.

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