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May 3rd, 2007 (08:58 am)

So, in short, I haven't bought a new system yet. But I definitely have to. Unless there's something else eating away at the drive, it's physically going downhill--fast. :/ As it is, except for when absolutely necessary, I think I'm going to try avoiding using my laptop until I get a replacement. >.<; That doesn't mean I won't be online, it means I won't be on highspeed or on my own system. I have to use someone else's system. :/

I almost gave in and bought a system last night but had a last minute thought and double checked something. If I'm reading things right, Vista and VirtualDub do not get along. :/ My thoughts system-wise has been one of the Asus V1 (business laptop), G1 (gaming rig), or the Lenovo T60p (business laptop). They're all 15.4" core 2 duo with 2GHz processors, 256MB graphics, 1-2 GB RAM, and 100+ GB HDD... and they're all Vista. The Lenovo *would* be a great gamer's rig if it weren't for the graphics card. (It's not a bad card, but it's aimed more at 3-d apps (ex. CAD) than games.) Sadly that's what's keeping me from wanting it all out. I don't do 3-D CAD. 2-D yes, not 3-D. And not on my laptop. :P

As it is, because there's all the hype over some new mobile chipset coming out *next week* and DirX10 graphics, I'm wondering if I should be dropping my system requirements and aiming for a 2-year life span for this system and either find something with XP or get XP separately and reworking from there. I have no idea how that changes things though. Oh wait. There's a 64-bit version of XP isn't there? Or should I still be looking at 32-bit?? ......This is something that never occurred to me. (Installing XP on my own that is.) :/

I did spec out Dell since I can still specify which OS, but the graphics aren't as strong I'm as I'd like. I wonder if they have a separate interface for office systems?? I didn't really notice.

As it is, I'm about ready to scream and will probably start spec'ing out 14.1"(?) systems next. I'm not sure about dropping in screen size though. My previous system was a 14" 4:3 so it might be workable, especially since the widescreen would still maintain the resolution I'm used to working at. Shall see how the extended hunt goes. >.>

So, yeah. FWIW, I'm going to pick up a flash drive tonight in order to try and get some editing work done on this system and compile on it. I really don't think my previous system would handle compiling very well and I honestly don't know if it still has a living power supply. ^^;


Posted by: kolalakitty (kolalakitty)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)

Installing WinXP is a cake walk. Put the cd in the drive, reboot, follow the directions on the screen. Some of the initial DOS like stuff can seem confusing, but if you read through it, you should be good. You may want a tech geek (read: friend who knows shit about computers) to assist, but really, you should be fine.

So I'd say, look at the specs for the hardware itself, and get whatever OS you want.

Posted by: A faint shadow in the void (soruk)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
Penguin on Zip drive

Be careful about the 64bit systems, its hardware compatibility leaves a lot to be desired compared to the 32-bit ones. I'm also thinking about video codecs here, it wouldn't be good to get your new box home to discover Xvid didn't work! :)

Might be worth looking at Dell - apparently they're bringing back WinXP preloads.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 4th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)

*laughs* That's one of my biggest worries--buying a brand new system only to discover I can't use my programs in it. ^^; I remember Corel Essentials doing that to me when I first bought my other system (original XP). It worked a few times then refused to load. It was an expensive waste of money. >.>

Cheers on that. And apparently the new Santa Rosa specs are starting to come out. *sigh* This timing really sucks. :/

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: May 4th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)

Don't get me started on how much I hate Corel. I didn't even bother installing it on my desktop when I got it.

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)

My dad let me make a copy of the specs of his laptop, if you want to see they system he built through Alienware.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 4th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)

Of course, it might cause great system envy, but... ^^;; I'd love to hear it. ^_^

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: May 4th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)

Join the envy; my desktop's better-- save for the memory lack and I still envy the laptop.

The model he selected was the Area-51 m5550; yeah, it's a bit cheesy, I'll admit.

Let's see, processor: Intel Core 2 Duo t5500 1.66GHz 2mb cace 667 mhz fsb.

Operating system: Windows XP Pro with a free upgrade to Vista ::winces:: He upgrades, I declare custody of the laptop.

Display: 15.4 WideXGA 1280x800 LCD silver saucer- that's the color-- so unimaginitive, really.

Motherboard: Alienware Intel 945PM= ICH7 Chipset

Memory: 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667 MHZ-- I tried to get him to go for 2 gigs, but he refused. Apparently, his gamer daughter knows little about these things. Ah well.

System Drive: 120GB Serial ATA 1.5 Gb/s 5,400 RPM w/ 8MB cache-- seeing as I download a lot, I tried to get him to go for a larger drive; he wasn't receptive to the idea, as you can see.

Primary CD ROM/DVD ROM: 24x10x24 CD-RW/ 8X DVD Combo with software mpeg2 decoder-- but I don't think he can burn CD's/DVD's with this drive. I could be wrong though.

Video Graphics card: 128MB ATI Mobility Radeon x1400-- whatever that means. Greek to me.

Sound card: Intel 7.1 High-Definition Audio-- works like a dream!

Wireless Network Card: Internal Intel pro wireless 3945 a/b/g mini-card

Communications: Integrated 10/1000MB gigabit ethernet & 56K V.92-- I'm glad we have wireless instead of landline...

Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare toll-free 24/7 phone support with onsite service.

The rest of the stuff is miscellaneous free t-shirt and mouse pad.

Over all, it's a beautiful system. Games come out so nicely on it. ...Problem is he doesn't really know how to work with computer games anymore. ::sigh:: Guess who's showing him the ropes of gaming? I don't get paid enough for this.

Anyhow, hope this helps-- happy drooling. ^o^

::leaves tea and cookies in repentence:: We got more cookies!

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Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: May 4th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)

Alienware does. ^_^

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Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 8th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
Saiunkoku Monogatari

Hi I'm sorry to here about your computer woes. Since season 1 of Saiunkoku Monogatari is licesend will you be subbing season two. I was just wondering.

Posted by: shinisan (shinisan)
Posted at: May 9th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Saiunkoku Monogatari

Yes, Kokumono was licensed /cry.

I know it's a taboo topic, and I've never asked something like this before, but I've really fallen inlove with this anime.

With the licensing of Kokumono, will you be continuing subbing both the first and second seasons? ^_^ I'm sure we'd all understand if you don't.

Also, I know what it's like to have laptop problems. Mine died last year. Complications or something. Everytime I'd open up a program (FFXI, Paintshop, Azureus) the fan would slowly get louder and louder and then it would overheat and shut off ; ;

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